Powerful, rugged, sturdy and capable, the Ranger is a vehicle of sheer strength and power. Add durability, reliability and affordability, especially second-hand, and you've got one of the best pick-up trucks on the market. Whether you’re hauling loads to construction sites or heading away on a camping weekend, it’s more than capable of handling any situation.
The Ranger comes in three body types: a two-seater single cab, and double and super cabs, both of which have rear seats, though if you want a proper five-seater it's the double cab you're after. It's pleasant, comfortable and spacious inside, and generously equipped with technology and safety kit, including traction control, electronic stability control, emergency brake assist, and driver, front passenger, side, curtain and driver's knee airbags. The load bay is 2.32m long in the single cab, and there's lots of storage space, including a large glovebox, deep door pockets and a big bin in the central armrest.
On the road, the Ranger handles well, with gutsy engines providing power which the AA described as “show-stopping”. New models have either a four-cylinder 2.2-litre 158bhp diesel engine, or a five-cylinder 3.2-litre diesel with 197bhp; most used Rangers are diesel too. The 2.2-litre is the more economical option, returning on average just over 40mpg.
The ride is comfortable and composed, with good body control, high ground clearance and responsive, nicely weighted steering. On 4x4 models, you can use a dial to switch easily between two and four-wheel drive, and there's a low-range mode – providing more torque, power and traction and stronger braking – for particularly tricky terrain. Some second-hand Rangers will come with an off-road pack, which includes locking rear differentials – another feature which improves traction and helps prevent wheel spin in difficult conditions.
As far as ticking boxes is concerned, theFord Rangers has it covered. Practical and rugged, it offers everything you could want from a pick-up – and more. If you'd like to test drive one of our range of used Ford Rangers for sale in Essex, or discuss the car finance plans we have available at Carwise Group call us at our Harlow dealership on 01279 216250.