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Ford Ranger 3.2 Wildtrack 2016 review


Overall towcar rating

****


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Key information

  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Year of manufacture: 2016
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Engine size: 3.2litres
  • Solo fuel economy: 29 miles per gallon
  • Towing fuel economy: 25 miles per gallon
  • Kerb weight: 2233 kg
  • Body type: Pickup

Towcar summary

What's good?

Lots of standard kit,heated windscreen and seats,reversing camera,lane departure,active cruise control, great touch screen.
Surprisingly refined when up to speed,comfortable ride,nice driving position.
Initial acceleration is disconcertingly fast for a vehicle of this size, definitely caught me unaware.

What's bad?

I love the sound of engines with an odd number of cylinder's Kawasaki triples,Audi Quattros,Yamaha Outboards,Focus Rs.
Sadly the 5 cylinder in this Ford makes a lot of noise just not a good noise, cruising it's great but any throttle input results in 2 downchanges with lots of noise and not much acceleration.
Rear space is pretty small,wide but not a lot of legroom.
The controls are a bit scattered and duplicated, normal switches and touchscreen doing the same function.
Early morning engine starts are long and noisy.

Would you recommend it?

Yes

Towing performance *****

How well does it tow?

Very well, nothing phases it but it does love a downchange.

Solo performance ***

What's it like without the caravan?

These cars will be bought by tax dodging company car drivers. For that 3k a year average saving they know this car is a compromise, and no doubt a lot of people will put up with the shortcomings and in truth it's quite nice to drive.
But not as nice to drive as any 20k "normal" car.
It does look good and has a certain presence,great for nosing over hedges.

Reliability *****

Anything to look out for?

Will it fit in your drive?

Practicality ***

Is it easy to live with?

Massive load space but the standard Ford roller cover is not waterproof.
As for recommending it.........it looks great and it's very comfy but you have to really want a pickup to put up with the bad stuff.
Or you really want a free holiday every year on your company car tax savings!

Buying experience ***

Did you buy it new or used?

New

Where did you buy it?

Franchised dealer

What was the seller like?

Took around 6 months to arrive after ordering.

 

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10 Comments

Good review I was very very close to buying one myself definitely one of the best pickups out there imo
    • LipovcevMIX likes this

Friend bought one six months ago,thinks it is brilliant and better fuel consumption than expected...only problem he has had,like many other Ranger owners, is the compatibility of car and caravan electrics, apparently a known fault where certain lights don't function.

 

geoff

The only concern is that a few caravan manufacturers specifically stated that if the caravan is towed behind a commercial vehicle, the warranty will become void.  I am not sure how they can state this as surely the Consumer Rights Act 2015 over rides this anyway?

The only concern is that a few caravan manufacturers specifically stated that if the caravan is towed behind a commercial vehicle, the warranty will become void.  I am not sure how they can state this as surely the Consumer Rights Act 2015 over rides this anyway?


In my experience after speaking to a few manufacturers when I was buying double cab pickups are considered ok and doesn't affect warranty
    • PaulR likes this

Most caravan dealers tow with a pickup, twin cab or van so how do you stand if you buy one that has been towed to several different shows.

I have seen many caravans being towed behind a lorry 2 or 3 on the flat bed and 1 on the back being towed and they have come direct from the factory.

The only concern is that a few caravan manufacturers specifically stated that if the caravan is towed behind a commercial vehicle, the warranty will become void.  I am not sure how they can state this as surely the Consumer Rights Act 2015 over rides this anyway?

we spoke to Elddis ref this and have been given the all clear with The Nissan Navara which is considered a dual purpose vehicle . Not sure on the Ranger as it is too heavy to be dual purpose 

 

A dual purpose vehicle is a vehicle constructed or adapted for the carriage both of passengers and of goods and designed to weigh no more than 2,040 kg when unladen, and is either:

  • constructed or adapted so that the driving power of the engine is, or can be selected to be, transmitted to all wheels of the vehicle

or

  • permanently fitted with a rigid roof, at least one row of transverse passenger seats to the rear of the driver’s seat and will have side and rear windows - there must also be a minimum ratio between the size of passenger and stowage areas
  •  

  which then affects the speed limits  .

This was an interesting read.  See http://vans.honestjo...1/?section=good

We're perilously close to getting our Navara. I checked with Swift and they are fine with it as a towing vehicle.

We get ours next week !!!
    • Tuningdrew likes this
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thesecretcaravanner
Nov 24 2016 11:35 pm

We're perilously close to getting our Navara. I checked with Swift and they are fine with it as a towing vehicle.

Now the new Navara (excluding KingCab) has car like multilink suspension and in my opinion is going to be the taxdodgers vehicle of choice! :)