Ford Ranger (2011–)

Last updated 16 September 2019

A 3.2-litre, five-cylinder turbodiesel with 200PS is the most powerful engine in the Ford Ranger, with 470Nm of torque on hand to help the Ranger surge off the line and overtake slower traffic.

The 3.2-litre motor feels very strong and potent, but is vocal with lots of diesel clatter at start-up and under hard acceleration. That said, it's the best engine in the Ranger line-up.

All of the 3.2-litre models come with four-wheel drive as standard, which helps them make light work of heavy-going off-road conditions. It also makes it an ideal tow vehicle thanks to its low-rev shove and a maximum towing capacity of 3350kg with a braked trailer. This towing limit was raised to 3500kg as part of the 2013 facelift.

The 3.2-litre engine also gained improved fuel economy in 2013 from 29.7mpg to 34.0mpg while CO2 emissions were lowered from 249g/km to 218g/km. If you opt for the six-speed automatic economy drops to 31.7mpg while emissions rise to 234g/km, although the optional automatic makes an equally good job of driving the Ranger as the standard six-speed manual.

At launch the Ranger was initially offered with a 2.2-litre - with 125PS or 150PS. However, this was increased slightly in 2013 to 130PS or 160PS. Running costs were also improved for the 130PS unit, from 37.2mpg and 199g/km of CO2 to 43.5mpg and 171g/km.

Even with the automatic gearbox fitted, the 160PS 2.2-litre turbodiesel delivers a claimed 35.3mpg and 209g/km CO2 emissions. These are the figures for the double cab version, but if you choose the much more workmanlike single cab model, you can expect an official 38.7mpg and 191g/km to make it a more affordable choice.

Given the choice, we'd recommend spending more for the 3.2-litre unit as the 2.2-litre engine is prone to feeling lethargic when pushed. Both of the engines lack refinement though, with lots of noise breaking into the cabin. That said, they're smooth to drive, with predictable power delivery and all of the other controls are light and well matched.

Most Rangers get four-wheel drive as standard and it is here that the Ford really impresses, with superb off-road ability. The switch between two-wheel and four-wheel drive can be made on the move, while the Ranger also boasts low-ratio gearing for tackling really tough ruts and inclines.

From 2013 Ford also added hill decent control and hill hold assist as options, along with an electronic diff to give the Ranger better traction in heavy mud or snow. 

Engine Fuel tank MPG CO2
2.2 TDCi 125 4X4 5 80 L 37–39 mpg 192–199 g/km
2.2 TDCi 150 4X2 5 80 L 35–36 mpg 206–209 g/km
2.2 TDCi 150 4X4 5 80 L 30–37 mpg 199–248 g/km
2.2 TDCi 160 4X2 - 42 mpg 177 g/km
2.2 TDCi 160 4x4 - 44 mpg 171 g/km
2.2 TDCi 160 4X4 80 L 35–44 mpg 171–248 g/km
2.2 TDCi 200 4X4 80 L 34 mpg 256 g/km
2.5 TDCi 143 Euro 4 63–70 L 28–34 mpg 227–271 g/km
3.2 TDCi 200 4X4 80 L 32–34 mpg 218–265 g/km
3.2 TDCi 200 4X4 5 80 L 28–29 mpg 256–265 g/km
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