2019 Ford Ranger Raptor verdict

Is the new range-topping Ford Ranger Raptor the ultimate pick-up truck? We've just driven it in the UK for the first time to find out...

2019 Ford Ranger Raptor verdict

All these upgrades come at a cost. The Ranger Raptor is comfortably the most expensive Ranger in the line-up, by quite a few thousand pounds. And if you're hoping to run it as a company car, taking advantage of the flat tax rate that commercial vehicles attract, there's more bad news, because the Raptor's reduced load capacity of 'just' 600kg means it doesn't qualify.

It's also worth bearing in mind that while the suspension upgrades make it deeply impressive off road, you have to push it hard to really appreciate the engineering underneath you. Unless you happen to own rather a lot of land or have access to a disused quarry, we doubt you'll feel the benefit.

As it is, it's still an excellent example of a pick-up truck, as all Rangers are, but the question of whether it's worth it over the other trim levels depends on how sold you are on its image. 

Remember, you can see how much you could save on a Ford Ranger without any haggling by checking out our New Car Buying service.

Ford Ranger Raptor

What Car? rating: 3 out of 5

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Ford Ranger Raptor

Price £48,785 Engine 4cyl, 1996cc, twin-turbo, diesel Power 210bhp at 3750rpm Torque 369lb ft at 1750-2000rpm Gearbox 10-spd automatic 0-62mph 10.5sec Top speed 106mph Official economy 31.7mpg (WLTP converted from NEDC) CO2 233g/km (NEDC)

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