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Ford Ranger Wildtrak 2.0BiT Dbl Cab 4×4 10AT – full review

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Ford Ranger Wildtrak 2.0BiT Dbl Cab 4×4 10AT – full review

Less is more , is what has driven the entire upgrade found in the Ranger range right now , in terms of looks the changes are minute but quite effective, the longer LED daytime running headlights, LED Fog lights with beautifully reworked housings , bolder lettering on the tailgate. And it all seems more pronounced in the flagship Metallic burnt orange colour or the white. On the interior several hues drive a luxury feel only  found in high end SUV’s, from the soft touch dash , the super supporting seats in leather and upholstery all marked in the Wildtrak specific orange stitching. It has to be said I genuinely did not expect puddle lamps and ambient lighting in a bakkie, listen I was positively surprised by a lot this car had to offer. Overall it is good looking and that Wildtrak cargo management system rounds it off very well.

What’s it like to live with it? Well it is quite an experience that one wishes it would prolonged, easily one of the safest , thanks to a number of feature that Ford prides itself on that have now filtered to this bakkie, 7 airbags basically guarantee occupant safety, Brake assist and Electronic traction control keep it all check , when drilling 500nm you need such. Trailer sway control is one feature I quite loved, while we at the rear of the bakkie , that magnificently weighted tailgate actually locks up when you lock the car , and this is done by a soft touch as this is key less entry and push start button. That seriously blew me away, as I have always had to lock the tailgate manually. Front and rear parking sensors with reversing camera ensure you do not dent the car, my test could park itself, which impressed a number of people that saw me do this and the video I shared on all my social platforms, to see something so big do is a marvel. Forward collision alert worked perfectly every time, One feature that I found to Intrusive was the lane departure, lane keeping with steering feed, at 120km/h going through a sweep with your wheels on the white or yellow line you do not want and unseen force gently turning in the opposite direction. I switched it off complete unless I was doing a demo for someone.

The Wildtrak is fully equipped with a host of luxuries, the power assisted steering which is easier to operate as crawling speeds, 2 USB ports , that 2 pin power socket is what we need, it can even charge a laptop, dual climate control, Heated seats to the approval of my better half, Voice activated system with Navigation , that’s sound system was just great. I do not think there another car offering 4 12V power sockets.

The drive from the 2.0 bi-turbo was sublime, 157kw and 500nm from a 4cylinder is impressive in any lingo, while I was worried the gearbox with be all over the place , it didn’t , 10gears were working smoothly and skip gear works wonders when changing down , it really is quite something to watch it work as you drive. Delivery is brisk as the torque comes in beautifully low down, the ride quality just blew me away, I have always hated how hard the Ranger suspension was, this time it is an absolute gem thanks to some fine tuning.  This also benefits what was a great handling bakkie and  elevates it higher in the dynamic space. My family loved the comfort. I did not even need to top up the fuel over the 7 day test period, the tank covered just under 700kms, which is decent considering how I enjoyed the drive.

The Bakkie space is highly competitive, Ford have managed to compete and have taken on that Japanese brand with zest, the refreshed Wildtrak will continue its winning ways with the package it offers, while pricing maybe something other would say I could get a Used SUV, I say it’s right there amidst the rivals and makes for great choice.

Price R678 200 with service plan and warranty.

I love it!!!

Thanks to Ford South Africa, Congrats Minesh on your appointment.

Yours in Motoring

Wezile Lorenzio Bonani

 

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