Bold looks - it's like a mini Ford F150
Tyre shredding torque is great for towing
Comfortable cab that could be from a car
Terrible fuel economy
High price for a top spec model
Don't get much stuff on a base model truck
Since its rebirth in 2011, when the Ford Ranger was made more muscular and macho-looking, the model has enjoyed some surprising levels of success. Since then, demand for the Ranger has been relentless, but it was supply that was the problem. With vehicles coming from the production site in South Africa, the European market – particularly the UK with its need for right-hand drive – suffered initially. Order, and orders, have been restored and the Ranger has rocketed to the top of the pick-up sales charts, becoming a favourite ahead of staples like the Mitsubishi L200 and the Toyota Hilux, which only received updates in late 2015 and mid-2016 respectively.
Where once the Hilux and L200 were the names to drive and own in the pick-up market, upscaling equipment and expectations means the new names on the block are Ranger and Amarok. Others may do parts of the job better – Nissan’s Navara is better if you want three or four passengers thanks to its multilink rear suspension.
There are cheaper options, like Fiat’s Fullback or SsangYong’s Musso, but for now, Ford has the upper hand in the UK. However, when V6 Amarok models arrive in 2017, the Ranger’s position as pick of the pick-ups may come under scrutiny. Until then, it’s got the world at its feet.