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Ford Ranger, VW Amarok driving report: One mud pack, please!

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Ford Ranger and VW Amarok in the driving report
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K > shortly after four o'clock she laughs The sun still comes in so meanly through the office window that you just can't concentrate anymore. Especially not when looking at the parking lot. The brand new Ford Ranger 3.2 TDCi is waiting there and looks like a young dog who wants to play. So go ahead, let's throw stones in the gravel pit.

On the way there, it becomes clear that modern pickups can not only transport small pines and piles of gravel, but can now comfortably carry up to five adults across the country despite the rigid axles behind them. They offer the convenience of an SUV: get in comfortably, sit high, and have a good view of the traffic. The end of the tarred road does not frighten their drivers any more than deep mud holes. Australians and Americans have therefore valued and bought them in large quantities for decades (the Ranger series has been running in the USA since 1982).

VW Amarok straightforward and straightforward

In contrast, they lead in this country just a shadowy existence, which is why the VW Amarok hasn't changed anything. It has been available in Germany since 2010 and relies on straight lines, solid workmanship and powerful TDI engines that can be combined with manual and automatic transmissions. The base with 140 hp diesel (from 23,205 euros) does not have all-wheel drive, but rear-wheel drive.

It's the same with the cheapest Ford Ranger, which competes with a 125 hp diesel for 24,978 euros, but in the Compared to the VW, it can be ordered not only as a single (two doors, two seats) and double cab (four doors, five seats), but also as an extra cabin with two double doors and two rear emergency seats.

For today's Party in the gravel pit we carry out the most powerful four-door models - the Ranger Ford Ranger 3.2 TDCi and the VW Amarok 2.0 Bi-TDI. While the Ford Ranger's five-cylinder turbodiesel already distributes 470 Newton meters of torque to all four wheels at 1,500 revs (its six gears are managed automatically for an additional 1,190 euros), the four-cylinder diesel engine of the VW Amarok on less displacement in combination with two turbochargers, whatbrings 420 Newton meters at 1,750 revolutions. It feels like the 100 kilogram lighter VW does not pull faster despite its eight-speed automatic transmission (2,434 euros), but it should undercut the Ranger in terms of consumption. According to the manufacturer, the consumption is 10.4 to 7.5 liters per 100 kilometers.

Ford Ranger 3.2 TDCi modern and stylish pickup

When the gravel pit is finally reached, Ford Ranger rage 3.2 TDCi and VW Amarok 2.0 BiTDI go splendidly and show what their all-wheel drive systems can do. Details such as the hill descent assistant, which allows the heavy flatbed to roll down in crawling gear, are also impressive. Then the powerful engines ensure full thrust again, which is nicely distributed in each case. While there are more than 20 centimeters between the slope and the vehicle floor, the air in the cockpit tastes like adventure - a well-tempered one, because of course there is a two-zone air conditioning system for an extra charge.

The main differences between the two models are in their appearance: The Ford Ranger 3.2 TDCi embodies the modern, stylish pickup that has more striking lines in the sheet metal and comes up with a playful interior. Its small, handy steering wheel and the button island on the center console are reminiscent of the Fiesta. The optional leather seats are comfortable, the workmanship could be better in some places. As with the VW Amarok 2.0 BiTDI, which looks like a DIN A4 pickup in comparison: no frills body, simple cockpit, more comfortable rear seat, no surprises.

Which one to buy? If the sobriety of the VW Amarok 2.0 BiTDI bores you, the Ford Ranger 3.2 TDCi. It is the more distinctive car, but consumes a little more.

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