IN the US, you can find a pickup on every corner. Here, the crossover rules supreme.
That is a shame because Ford’s Ranger Wildtrak X is a pretty neat way to get around.
First off, it’s massive inside and out. Not ideal for the city but in the country, perfect.
The high seating position enables you to see the road ahead with ease and the familiar Ford controls are laid out well in common-sense fashion.
The Wildtrak X is available in Ford’s Performance Blue paint, which looks great, with black details dotted around.
Inside, you get leather and Ford’s SYNC system on an 8in touchscreen.
FORD RANGER WILDTRAK
Engine: 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo diesel
0-62mph: 10.6 seconds
Top speed: 109mph
There is space for you and all the stuff you could possibly need to take, whether for work or pleasure.
Its 3.2-litre diesel motor is good for 197bhp and will take you gently from 0-62mph in 10.6 seconds.
The auto ’box fitted to the test car was a little on the slow side, labouring from ratio to ratio.
But that isn’t the end of the world and a six-speed manual is available if you prefer.
In the truck’s two-wheel-drive setting, the ride was pretty smooth. Switching to four-wheel-drive on tarmac makes it feel a little lumpy, so keep that for the rough stuff.
It’s a truck, so don’t expect it to corner like a Ferrari.
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It will lean when you are really going some.
The brakes are easy to modulate and responsive, which is a plus considering the amount of weight they have to stop.
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