Ford Ranger XLS 2023 review: snapshot
Though aimed at fleet buyers, the XLS does come with a few more civilised items.
Above the base XL's nine airbags, AEB autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert and lane keep assist, blind spot warning, cross-traffic alert tech, halogen headlights, a front tow hook, a 10.1-inch touchscreen with Ford’s Sync4 multimedia system, a digital instrument cluster, manual air-conditioning, USB-A and -C ports and cloth seats, the XLS ushers in fog lights, alloy wheels, side steps, a powered tailgate lock and front parking sensors.
Additionally, the interior looks somewhat less austere, boasting carpet. It's a budget choice without feeling too bare.
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As per the XL, the XLS' rear cargo area in pick-up models feature the additional securing points at the front of the load box, box capping with integrated fixing points for added sheetmetal protection, a rear load box step near the bumper on the side for easy side access and a lighter tailgate, thanks to Ford's 'easy lift assist' system.
Note, too, that the XLS is a Double Cab-only proposition, with four doors and five seats, as well as the ute tub in the rear.
A built-in trailer wiring set-up is also included, though please keep in mind that the tow bar is optional for XL and XLS.
Under the bonnet is a revised version of the 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel (dubbed BiTurbo in Ford-speak). Mated to a completely overhauled 10-speed auto, with driving modes.
This powertrain delivers 3kW less power at 154kW at 3750rpm, but the 500Nm torque maximum (between just 1750-2000rpm) remains, while shift quality is smoother and calmer.
Ranger 4x4s with either 2.0-litre engine stick with the standard part-time 4x4 set-up that offers 4x2 (rear-drive), 4x4 Low range and 4x4 High range.