It’s enough power for overtaking and for towing it's rated 2,500kg, which is 1,000kg less than regular Ranger models, and it’s stubbornly sticking to a 10l/100km fuel eating habit. The lowest I’ve managed was 9.8l/100km and I’m still getting used to the sheer size of the thing, more so when parking. But it has proven comfortable with a fairly short turning circle for swinging around obstacles.
Luxuries and conveniences are plentiful. Cruise control, Bluetooth, the touchscreen display and either of the pair of USB ports are getting the most action. There’s nothing gimmicky in there, save perhaps for that Baja Mode, which I plan to test out as soon as I can secure a date to try it out at the Ford Club of SA’s off-road play pen out in the Haartebeestpoort area where I’m told there’s a special course designed for the high-flying Raptor.
Baja Mode is an option in the six-mode Terrain Management System which optimises the gear-shifting for maximum performance, sharpens the steering, and decreases the traction control intervention to allow for tail-sliding action.
But it’s a pleasant enough cabin with sculpted seats covered in grippy cloth and leather combination upholstery. The command seat position is great and it allows for good views out the glasshouse.
So far so good and the only issue is my unsuccessful attempt to register it on the FordPass app which will enable remote starting of the engine and display other information.
Type: Biturbo four-cylinder
Type: 10-speed Auto
Type: Part-time 4x4
Top speed: N/A
Fuel Consumption: 8.3l/100km (claimed), 10.0l/100km (as tested)
Bluetooth, navigation, electric folding mirrors, auto on/off lights, LED daytime running lights, high beam assist, adaptive cruise control, park distance control back with camera, rain sensor wipers, climate control, heated leather/cloth upholstery, keyless access, 2x USB port, ABS, stability control, seven airbags, Baja Mode
COST OF OWNERSHIP
Warranty: Four years/120,000km
Service plan: Six years/90,000km
Lease: R19,433 per month
* at 10% interest over 60 months no deposit