Ford Ranger (2011–)

Last updated 16 September 2019

There’s a feeling of invincibility when you’re sat behind the steering wheel of the Ford Ranger. It has that high-set driving position that gives an excellent all-round view, regardless of which cab configuration you choose. The driver’s seat is easily adjusted to provide ideal comfort and the steering wheel also moves for height adjustment.

Some of the cabin plastics may be more utilitarian than Ford’s passenger cars, but the Ranger is well made and feels well constructed when compared to some of the competitions. It’s not the quietest place to sit and while away a journey though, with lots of wind, road and engine noise penetrating the cabin.

As with the exterior, the dash has more than a hint of American SUV and pick-up in its look. It’s not so much glitzy as just a bit more upbeat than some of the other pick-ups in the market. We like it and the Ranger’s instruments and controls are all very easy to fathom and use when driving without the need to take your eyes off the road to locate what you need. A typical Ford dash and driver environment.

The gear lever for the manual gearbox is set quite high in the centre console, which makes it easy to reach for any size of driver. Top-spec Wildtrak models come with a reversing camera mounted in the rear view mirror, which is a simple, neat way of installing this most useful device. It offers a good view of what’s behind the Ranger and makes backing into tight space a real cinch.

The Wildtrak also comes with navigation, air conditioning, chunky 18-inch allow wheels and two-tone fabric seats. Good as all of this is to have, though, the Wildtrak is perhaps aimed more at leisure than serious work use.

For business users looking to balance the books and comfort, the entry-level XL offers ESP traction control, hill start assist and trailer sway control. There are also twin front, side and curtain airbags, as well as a driver’s knee airbag but little in the way of creature comforts. For this reason, we’d recommend moving up to the XLT that comes with Ford’s Quickclear windscreen, Bluetooth connection and steering wheel controls for the CD stereo. For the Limited, Ford adds a third 12v power socket and rear parking sensors.

If you choose the super cab model, you get two rear-hinged doors that open to allow access to the space behind the front seats that acts as additional storage. If you need to carry more than one passenger, the double cab has two proper doors that open in the same orientation as the front pair.

They open to reveal a bench seat for three occupants and each has a three-point seat belt. There’s reasonable leg and headroom in the back seat of the Ranger double cab, putting it ahead of most rivals in this respect.

Behind the cab lies a load bed that can easily accommodate a Euro pallet and considerably heavier loads than much of the competition. With a maximum payload of 1269kg depending on which model you choose from, it’s a heavy duty workhorse.

The tailgate drops down flat and flush with the load bed, making it simple to heft in heavy items. Four load hooks help keep items in place, while an optional load bed tray will keep it from becoming scuffed and damaged.

The tailgate can be locked separately to the passenger cab and Wildtrak models come with a lockable roller shutter as standard and this is an option for other trims. There’s also a 12v power socket in the load bed of all Ranger models, while a tow bar is an option across the range. Depending on the model of Ranger, it can tow between 2500kg and 3500kg.

Dimensions
Version Length Width Height Wheelbase
Chassis Cab - - - 3000 mm
Double Cab 5075–5359 mm 1805–1850 mm 1755–1848 mm 3000–3220 mm
Double Cab Pick Up 5359 mm 1850 mm 1815 mm -
Regular Cab 5075–5274 mm 1715–1850 mm 1620–1806 mm 2985–3220 mm
Super Cab 5075–5359 mm 1715–1850 mm 1620–1840 mm 2985–3220 mm
Tipper 5111 mm 1805 mm 1850 mm 3000 mm
Loadspace
Version Length Width Height Volume
Double Cab 1530–1549 mm 1456–1560 mm 511 mm 1.2 m3
Double Cab Pick Up 1560 mm 1560 mm - -
Regular Cab 2280–2317 mm 1456–1560 mm 511 mm 1.8 m3
Super Cab 1753–1847 mm 1456–1560 mm 511 mm 1.5 m3
Tipper 2286 mm 1660 mm 350 mm -
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