Workhorse pick-up truck: Ford Ranger

For who? Farmer, landscape gardener, car mechanic
Launched: 2013
Price (not VAT): £21,194.63 (Double Cab 2.2 TDCi Manual) (retail)
Contract rental price: £249/mo
Prices used:
£16,450 (100 miles, XL single-cab version)

Why is it good for business?

As ubiquitous as an all-purpose business vehicle in the US, pickup trucks never quite take off the same way here.

Ford’s new Ranger model hopes to change that, introducing a larger chassis based on the American design and a number of new features that make it the ideal choice for businesses that need to tow very heavy loads on a regular basis, or carry oversized and heavy equipment. awkward to fit in the back of the van.

The open design is more flexible than limited load space and this vehicle should work for a construction or similar business that requires a strong, versatile workhorse.

Most pick-up trucks on the UK market only offer a double-cab version, as these are the bestsellers, but Ford offers a range of three different cab styles on the Ranger, including a single-cab version for smaller companies looking to maximize load space and be able to live without additional seating.

The truck is available in core 4×2 or 4×4 models, with a four-wheel drive version that offers more power and off-road performance – which you may need if your business is in the countryside. Expect to pay around £2,000 more to make the move up to 4×4.

The advantage of the Ford Ranger is its towing capacity. A maximum of 3,500kg (for the 4×4 model) means the vehicle can handle almost anything; although it looks more refined, this pick-up is the best in its class when it comes to raw power. Towing capability drops to a still respectable 2,500kg on the 4×2 version. Payload capacity is also very good, weighing in at 1,152 kg for the dual core cab model, meaning you can carry serious loads without fear of legal consequences.

In addition to its power, the new Ranger has been redesigned with comfort in mind, meaning you’re not just buying a useful workhorse. Reviewers have praised the suspension upgrade, as well as in-cab noise cancellation, meaning you should have a smooth, quiet ride. However, the cabin on the single-cab version is described as a little cramped.

The Ranger wasn’t designed for long-distance travel; it’s built with heavy loads in mind, and thus the trade-off for a powerful engine is that it’s expensive to run, clocking just 39mpg on the most economical engine. On the more powerful 3.2 liter engine this drops to a whopping 27mpg of gas – so if low emissions or running costs are important to you, it would be best to look elsewhere.

There are plenty of customization options with the Ranger, and the simplest single-cab XL version is competitively priced at £14,754, rising to £24,279 for the dual-cab Wildtrak version (with the more powerful 200hp 3.2-liter engine and other extras like alloy wheels, tinted windows and roof rails). ).

Ralph Morton of BusinessVans.co.uk offers his views: “Ford Ranger gives you the best of both worlds – a tough workhorse that can carry, tow and climb muddy tracks and farmland in four-wheel drive mode – and a stylish family vehicle. for the weekend (after being valeted!) with double cabin functionality.

“All Ranger’s great presence on the road is backed by a three year/60,000 mile warranty.”

Alternative

The Volkswagen Amarok is known as Ranger’s main competitor in the UK, with a similar body style and specifications. It’s only available in a dual-cab version, and some reviewers have commented on the slightly rugged, ready-to-go driving experience. It’s also slightly more expensive, starting at around £20,000 and going up to £26,780 for the full-fledged premium model.

A new entrant to the market is the Isuzu D-Max, which represents great value for money, with a starting price of just £14,499 – going up to £21,499 for the high-end Utah model.

5 main features:

– Sturdy and durable chassis

– Improved suspension and noise reduction

– Excellent towing and payload capacity

– Various customization options

– Bare-bones single-cab version available

2 negative features:

– High operating costs

– Slightly cramped cab in single cab version

Specifications (Ford Ranger XL 4×4 Double Cab version)

Load length 1530mm
Load width (max) 1788mm
Load height 724mm
Carrying capacity:
Load 1152kg
Towing capacity braked/unbraked 3.495kg/750kg(4×2)
Machine 2200cc four cylinder TDCi diesel
Power/Torque 375Nm @ 150-2500rpm
Economics (combined) 39mpg
CO2 emissions 192g/km

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