November's Used Van Hero

Andy Picton

13 Nov 2017, Blog Post

FOR THOSE WANTING A RELIABLE 4x4 WITH PLENTY OF ON-ROAD CHARM

The Ford Ranger has gained a loyal following over the years and is the UK’s and Europe’s top selling pick-up so far this year, contributing 15% of all sales. Available in both 4x2 and 4x4 guises and with three different body styles offering two or five seats, the Ranger has a great reputation for reliability and refinement.

In a sector that continues to see new entries, the Ranger remains the most popular pick-up in the UK. The mainstay of both utility companies and one-man-bands alike, the Ranger is just as capable off-road as it is cruising along a motorway.

WHY?

The model availability is possibly the largest in the sector, with everything from a basic 4x2 single cab to a luxury 4x4 double cab powered by a 3.2TDCi engine generating 200PS. There are four trim levels on offer with the Limited and the range topping Wildtrak models making up over 90% of sales in the UK.

Available now with a myriad of car-like technology, the Ranger continues to go from strength to strength. 

WHEN WAS IT ON SALE?

Originally launched back in 1998, Ford launched the sixth generation Ranger back in 2015. Also rebadged as a Mazda B-Series between 1998 and 2006 and latterly, the Mazda BT-50 between 2006 and 2011.

WHAT’S GOOD?

Although truck-like in appearance, the Ranger offers a comfortable drive and easy manoeuvrability. The latest generation models have a five star Euro NCAP crash rating and offer numerous driver aid options to keep you safe whether you’re towing on road or wading through mud or water off-road. Ground clearance is good whilst the engines are robust and reliable.

Payloads and towing capabilities are on a par with the competition and the large dealer network means a dealership is never far away.

WHAT’S BAD?

The fuel economy and CO2 levels are not on a par with a Ford Fiesta, but that’s not why you’re buying it. Issues with interior fit and finish on older models means a good check over first is worthwhile. Likewise, check over the paperwork for any reported drive shaft problems.

IDEAL BUY?

Ford Ranger Limited 4x4 2.2 TDCI 150PS double cab on a 2013/63 with 35,000 miles - Retail £14,250 Trade £12,050.

About the author

Andy Picton

Andy PictonSenior Commercial Vehicle Editor

Having worked previously for Barclays Asset Finance, LeasePlan and now Glass’s, Andy has over 25 years experience in the commercial vehicle industry, working closely with manufacturers, leasing companies, traders, dealers and auction houses. He's been at Glass’s since 2002 and recently taken on the role of Senior Commercial Vehicle Editor managing our industry-leading team of valuation experts. He loves football, music and obviously commercial vehicles.