Ford Ranger Wildtrak.
Peter Barnwell road tests and reviews the Ford Ranger Wildtrak and answers the big questions.
We turn the spotlight on the car world's newest and brightest stars as we ask the questions to which you want the answers. But there's only one question that really needs answering -- would you buy one?
What is it?
This is Ford's top dog Ranger ute, the orange one for shrinking violets - ha! Comes out of a Thai factory but don't hold that against it, the build is pretty good, the look is "tough truck."
Goes for $57,390 for the six speed manual two grand more for the six speed auto plus on roads. Ouch.
What are competitors?
Too many to mention. Hilux, Triton, Navara, Amarok, Colorado, D-Max and so say all of us.
What's under the bonnet?
This is the 3.2 five pot turbo diesel with a healthy 147kW/470Nm output though these figures are pretty low considering the capacity of the engine and what other makes are getting out of smaller capacity units. Should mean the Ranger will last a long time - understressed.
How does it go?
Plenty of poke, loaded or unladen you won't be disappointed. Gets out of the blocks quickly and has strong pull right up to about 4500rpm.
Is it economical?
Not particularly due in part to the 2200kg kerb weight. Add a tonne in the tray and a full tank and it's approaching 3.5 tonnes. That's why you get an averahge of 9.6-litres/100km. Still, the 80 litre tank means a decent range between refuels.
Is it green?
Not particularly. Churns out plenty of carbon, wouldn't be the greenest in manufacturing either.
Is it safe?
Gets a strong five stars. Has additional stuff like rollover mitigation,Hill Descent Control, Emergency Brake Assist, Trailer Sway Assist and more.
Is it comfortable?
Rides well, a tad firm perhaps but the seats are a good shape and noise and vibes are minimal. Plenty of kit makes wheel time pass quickly - Bluetooth, voice control, 5-inch colour screen with satnav, reverse camera, rain sensing wipers, auto headlights, dual zone climate control, power driver's seat heated front seats, roof rails, roller shutter for tray.
What's it like to drive?
Easy controls, smooth shifting six speed auto, supple but controlled suspension, better with a load in the back. Minimal turbo lag off the mark but large turning circle a hassle.
Is it value for money?
Not at 60 grand. Get that tax deduction form ready.
Would we buy one?
Yes, like the look, the features, how it goes, one of the better looking toy trucks on the market right now.
Ford Ranger Wildtrak
Price: from $57,390
Warranty: Three years/100,000km
Engine: 3.2-litre five-cyl, 147kW/470Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual, six-speed auto; 4WD
Body: 5.35m (L), 1.85m (W), 1.85m (H)
Weight: 2200 kg
Thirst: 9.6L/100km diesel, 256g/km CO2
Nissan Navara ST-X
Price: from $56,990
Enigine: 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 170kW/550Nm
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic, AWD
Thirst: 9.5 litres/100km
Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate
Price: from $58,490
Engine: 2.0-litre diesel 120kW/400Nm
Transmission: six-speed manual, AWD
Thirst: 7.9 litres/100km