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Ford Ranger best value for money double cab on the market

By Graeme Lund - Jul 21, 2017
Ford Ranger best value for money double cab on the market

The competition between the double cab bakkie manufacturers has become very hot and, at a glance it is hard to tell which is best.  As a buyer, we are often influenced by the brand and by marketing and public relations.

So when it comes to choosing a double cab, which is best?  Perhaps the most important factor is price as we all have a budget to work within.  Thus, if we look at the entry level models, my choice is the Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi 4X2 XL Hi-Rider.

Having been launched with a new facelift late last year this bakkie has all that you need and more and comes in at the lowest price.  Although the 5-speed manual Base Model is listed by Ford at R298,900 incl VAT, it is the 6-speed manual at R389,900incl VAT and the 6-speed automatic at R404,900 that are the more popular.

If you take the base model of any of the major competitors, they are at least R50 000 higher in price than Ford and Ford currently offers the most extensive and complete pick-up range in South Africa so you are spoilt for choice.

“The Ford Ranger has been a huge success story for Ford Motor Company, and has redefined the LCV segment in terms of performance, capability, technology and safety,” says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa Region.

“The introduction of the advanced six-speed automatic transmission on the 2.2 Duratorq TDCi models will undoubtedly build on this legacy, broadening its appeal to an even wider audience,” she adds.

Over the past week I have had the pleasure of driving both the manual and the automatic Ranger 2.2TDCi 4X2 XL Hi-Rider.  I found them to be extremely comfortable, full of useful (and unexpected) features and a delightful ride.

A 2.2-litre diesel engine may have been considered too small a few years back but with technology, quality control and manufacturing techniques improving exponentially, I found this engine provided all the power or torque that I needed both on the freeway and running about town with a full load of passengers and a load box packed to capacity.

The 2.2-litre four cylinder Duratorq TDCi engine offer 118kW and 385Nm when coupled with the six-speed auto.

The already good looking Ranger’s 2016 facelift has resulted in both a more rugged and a more refined look. The imposing front grid, bumper and angular projector headlamps combination give it a strong presence on the road.

The interior is neat and comfortable.  The centre console is uncomplicated and easy to use.  It took me just a few seconds to connect my cell phone to the infotainment system.

Bakkies were always less refined than cars and had the minimum of driving features but this is certainly not the case with the Ranger.  The turning circle, manoeuvrability and ride comfort are little different to the lower-centre-of-gravity sedans – but, to my mind better, because of the height.

The XL variants that I drove came fitted with Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist, Trailer Sway Control, Adaptive Load Control and Roll-over Mitigation.

I was very sad to return the Ranger to the Eastern Cape Motors and am hoping that they will give me another variant to test drive in the near future too.

To test drive or find out more about the Ford Ranger contact Eastern Cape Motors’ Ford North End branch on 041 484 4326 or visit them at 41 Grahamstown Rd, North End, Port Elizabeth.