The Ford Ranger, Europe’s best-selling pick-up, owes more than a little bit of credit to an American relative. Yes, the idea of a luxury pick-up is nothing new; the ready market for such things is something that has boosted American car manufacturers profit margins for years, as manufacturing costs and taxes mean luxury “trucks” can be priced far lower than an equivalent luxury saloon. This is why the Ford F-150 isn’t just the best-selling pick-up in the US; it’s the best-selling vehicle in the world.
The UK’s appetite is growing, too, more buyers than ever are buying pick-ups, and the Ford Ranger, following in the footsteps of its American relative, is the best-selling one yet.
The Ranger is designed to be a rugged workhorse through and through, ready to pull or carry heavy loads and deal with whatever the terrain throws at it. Comfort hasn’t been ignored, though, and Ford has made an effort to appeal to potential buyers who want passenger car luxuries in their pick-up truck, in tune with rivals such as the Mitsubishi L200, Mercedes-Benz X-Class, Nissan Navara and Volkswagen Amarok. And, perhaps more unexpectedly, there’s a performance-focused Ranger Raptor at the top of the Ranger’s lineup.
There are three bodystyles to choose from, kicking off with the two-seat Regular Cab and the occasional-four-seat Super Cab, but these tend to be most popular among those looking for a genuine commercial vehicle. The five-seat Double Cab is the most popular choice, combining passenger space with a sizeable load area.
Take a look at a Ranger brochure and all those bodystyles, trims and engines can seem quite bewildering. That’s why this review is essential reading for anyone in the market for a pick-up, because we’ll point you in the direction of which Ranger might suit you best and how it stacks up against its rivals.
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