Tinus says his brand new Ranger can’t put a foot wrong; there’s very little Gerhart doesn’t like about his Isuzu KB300; and Piet says his second Mitsubishi is equally at home on gravel and tar.
No problem, thank you very much! FORD RANGER 2.2 (DOUBLE CAB, AUTOMATIC)
You have to be careful because it’s very easy to tow or drive too fast with a Ranger, says Tinus Evert-Roos from Springs. We camp with a 2013 Gypsey Regal and I tow it with my Ranger, which I bought brand new for R360 000 five months ago. I used to tow the Gypsey with a Mazda 6 2.5 Dynamic (automatic), but it was too low to tow comfortably and my jockey wheel often hit the ground. I was looking for a towing vehicle with enough storage space and power, and I also considered the Toyota Hilux 2.4 GD-6 and Isuzu KB300 LX, but both were more expensive and the Toyota was only available in manual. I would have liked parking assist on the Ford, but the good-quality bodywork, the quiet when you’re driving, the general ride quality, and the many standard functions more than make up for it. Its strength also surprised me. Now I’m itching for its big brother, the Wildtrack 3.2. I tow comfortably at 100–120 km/h and my fuel consumption is 12,5 ℓ/100 km with the Gypsey in tow. Without it I get 9 ℓ/100 km. We camp as much as possible in the Kruger National Park and our kids love it there – it’s beautiful, the stands are top notch, and the wild animals you see really makes it a special experience.