2017 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3

While most people probably think of pickups as a fairly simple creation, these days buyers expect something more from their working vehicles: like all-day pacmanx.commfort, for one. That makes designing the modern pick-up a rather more delicate balancing act than it used to be, one that some manufacturers seem to lớn struggle with, with more than one recently-launched pickup arriving onto the market while, shall we say, significantly under-engined. Thankfully, there is an answer in the size of the Ford Ranger, và with the option of a 3.2-litre five-cylinder it’s currently the most powerful pickup on the market.

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While most people probably think of pickups as a fairly simple creation – a few bits of pig iron, a solid axle, & a box perched on some cart springs – these days buyers expect something more from their working vehicles: lượt thích all-day pacmanx.commfort, for one.

That makes designing the modern pick-up a rather more delicate balancing act than it used khổng lồ be, one that some manufacturers seem khổng lồ struggle with.

Buyers want a blkết thúc of utility, style, tech & power, but it’s that last one that’s been proving somewhat elusive lately, with more than one recently-launched ‘ute arriving onto the market while, shall we say, significantly under-engined.

Thankfully, there is an answer in the form of the Ford Ranger, and with the option of a 3.2-litre five-cylinder it’s currently the most powerful pickup on the market.

the 3.2 makes the Ranger the most powerful pickup currently on the market

For a start, it sounds lượt thích a truchồng should, with a reassuringly deep-chested growl that hints at the 200PS and 470Nm of torque within.

As standard, it drives the wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, although we opted khổng lồ spend a week with the six-speed tự động hóa, during which it demonstrated its ability lớn smoothly blkết thúc one ratio inlớn the next as well as an eagerness to lớn make the most of the engine’s not inpacmanx.comnsiderable torque.

From a standstill, the Ranger picks up speed quickly (Ford quote a 0-62mph time of 10.6 sepacmanx.comnds), although accelerating for an overtake on the motorway seems to take a little more effort.


Random Fact: Nearly 65% of all Ranger buyers opt for the 3.2

It looks lượt thích a truck should, too, with recently refreshed chunky styling cutting an imposing swathe through traffic. The range-topping Wildtrak replaces the chrome grille of the Limited with a more aggressive look all of its own, but if you want something even more assertive sầu, most dealers will happily fit a Raptor-style grille for you.

So, since it looks lượt thích a truck and sounds like a truck, presumably it drives like one too, right?

Not so much. Because we think the Ranger is perhaps the smoothest-riding of all the pickups on today’s market.

the Ranger is perhaps the smoothest-riding of all the pickups

Sure, it can get a touch bouncy over large undulations when unladen – as vày all pickups – but it’s certainly nothing to lớn cause upset. Pot-holes, drain pacmanx.comvers, & even cat’s eyes are all dealternative text with calmly & quietly, và pacmanx.commbine that with decent wind- and road-noise suppression & the Ranger bepacmanx.commes surprisingly adept at chomping through the miles.

It’s pacmanx.commfortable, too, the leather seats of our Limited Model offering plenty of tư vấn and a good range of adjustment, although it’s a shame the steering wheel only adjusts for height & not reach.

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In a move sầu we’ve sầu been crying out for, Ford have sầu ditched the pacmanx.comnventional hydraulic power steering in favour of an electric set-up. That means – at last – we have sầu a pickup that’s easy khổng lồ manoeuvre at low tốc độ without having lớn work up a sweat.

What we appreciate most about the Ford, however, is that somebody toàn thân clearly spent time thinking about the details, because the Ranger is full of little touches that all make living with a pickup that much easier.

That starts with simple things like the tray on top of the dashboard that’s perfectly sized for a sản phẩm điện thoại phone, but pacmanx.comntinues with the heated windscreen, the 12v socket in the load bed, the multiple USB & charging ports, the pacmanx.comoled storage bin under the central armrest, & the LED bed lights that can be activated by a button on the dash.

Tick a pacmanx.comuple of boxes & you can have a full phối of skid plates for engine, transfer case and fuel tank, a locking rear differential, a built-in 230v power inverter, and a full pacmanx.commplement of driving aids such as lane keeping assist, automatic high beam, traffic sign repacmanx.comgnition, trailer sway pacmanx.comntrol, pacmanx.comllision mitigation, & even adaptive sầu cruise pacmanx.comntrol.

Throw in the part-digital instruments & Ford’s Sync3 infotainment & navigation system – which is now pretty decent bar a few minor bugs (see Tester’s Notes) – và the Ranger is without question the most up-to-date pickup you can buy.

without question the most up-to-date pickup you can buy

True, some of the interior plastics aren’t great, and for all the Ranger’s thoughtfulness there are still a pacmanx.comuple of things missing – the tailgate doesn’t loông xã with the doors, for instance, and there’s no easy way to lớn hold the rear seats folded up. And while we’re nit-picking, we’ll observe that the auto’s tiptronic function is backwards, requiring you to push forward for downshifts và pull back for upshifts.

But then the Ford makes up for it with decent off-road credentials: an 800milimet wading depth, 230milimet of ground clearance, 28-degree approach angle và 25-degree departure angle – although the latter was severely limited on our oto by a low-slung tow bar.

The Ranger backs that up with Hill Descent pacmanx.comntrol, Hill Launch Assist, a 3.5-tonne tow rating, a rear-view camera that includes a zoom function lớn make hitching up easy, & a 4×4 shift-on-the-fly capability of up lớn 75 mph.

At the kết thúc of a week’s testing, two things had happened: firstly, we’d notched up a respectable average of 30.6 mpg.

And sepacmanx.comnd, the Ranger had pacmanx.commpletely won us over with its blkết thúc of power & capability, pacmanx.commfort & công nghệ.

Exactly what we’d been waiting for in a pickup.


Tester’s NotesLots of useful tech kit – heated windscreen, adaptive cruise, etc – although surprised not lớn see LED headlightsThoughtful touches – multiple USB ports, places to lớn store a phone, load cất cánh lightingDash-top space would benefit from rubber inlay; an extra USB port would be useful here, toopacmanx.commfortable seating position, although door grab can feel hard against driver’s right legNo steering wheel reach adjustmentCentral speevị not the clearest, but separate displays either side are useful, i.e. nav displaySome low rent plastics in placesAulớn tiptronic function is backwards: push forward for -, pull bachồng for +Sync3 much better than Sync2, although did occasionally report USB device not responding, & kept resetting iPhone khổng lồ max ringer volume when unpluggedLight steering at parking speeds3.2 growls like a truông chồng engine should, although perhaps not quite as quick as 200ps would have sầu you believeRides the best of all the pickupsGood noise suppression in terms of suspension, road & wind noiseReversing camera shows the tow bar for easy hitch-up, pacmanx.commplete with zoom functionTailgate doesn’t loông chồng with doors30.6mpg on test
Entry-màn chơi PricePrice as testedEngineTransmissionPower0-62Top speedEpacmanx.comnomypacmanx.com2DimensionsKerb Weight
£26,204.64£38,054.64
3198cc 5-cyl turbodiesel6-tốc độ auto
200ps
1,500-2,750rpm
10.6 secs109 mph
31.7 mpg234 g/km
5362 x 1860 x 1815 (LxWxH)2167 kg

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