85. FORDRANGER

Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

IT’S as close as you’ll get to the all-amer­i­can pick-up truck ex­pe­ri­ence in the UK, and the Ford Ranger has carved a niche for it­self as a work­horse that of­fers the same tech you’ll find in the brand’s cars.

There are reg­u­lar and Su­per Cab ver­sions, but the Dou­ble Cab is the roomy choice, while 2.2 and 3.2-litre diesels are of­fered. The Wild­trak is as plush as an SUV in­side, and as with all pick-ups, the one-tonne pay­load en­sures the Ranger qual­i­fies for flat-rate com­pany tax.

Fuel econ­omy isn’t great, par­tic­u­larly on the 3.2-litre ver­sions, but there’s no ar­gu­ing with that en­gine’s pulling power. The Ranger feels quite large on UK roads, al­though it’s un­stop­pable in the mud. Price range: £22,399-£34,579 Our pick: 2.2d Lim­ited 2 Dou­ble Cab (£31,339) En­gine: 2.2-litre 4cyl diesel, 158bhp Trans­mis­sion: 6-spd man­ual, dual-range se­lectable 4WD Top speed: 109mph Econ­omy: 40.4mpg CO2: 184g/km

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