Autocar - - FIRST DRIVES -

Price £38,574 On sale Now What’s new? New in-cabin mul­ti­me­dia and tech and at­ten­tion-seek­ing ex­te­rior ad­denda TASKED WITH FAC­ING ev­er­plusher and more on-road fo­cused ri­vals, Ford has given its Ranger a makeover. This Wildtrak X ver­sion mixes all the toys and kit you’d ex­pect of a big SUV with the rough, tough per­for­mance that makes the Ranger so com­pelling as a pick-up ini­tially.

Trou­ble is, the Ranger doesn’t wear its nigh-on £40,000 price com­fort­ably. At that money, V6 ver­sions of the Volk­swa­gen Amarok and Mercedes-benz X-class blend on-road per­for­mance and pick-up ca­pa­bil­ity much bet­ter.

The Ranger is cruder to drive by com­par­i­son and feels far more com­pelling as a £30,000 propo­si­tion lower down the range, from where it can reach up and give the pick-up new­com­ers a bloody nose rather than con­front them head to head.

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