Ford Ranger (2016) in the test

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Ford Ranger (2016) tested
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B ei the SUV, the Ford Kuga is eternally second behind the VW Tiguan, but in the pickup warehouse, Ford can keep the Wolfsburg competition in check in the form of the VW Amarok. For two years in a row, the Ford Ranger was the best-selling pickup in Germany, and this is unlikely to change in 2016.

Among other things, not because Ford has given the Ranger an extensive facelift for the new model year goes beyond the usual level. Basically, the new Ford Ranger has the same face as the Ford Everest, where the “squinted”, wide headlights are particularly noticeable. However, he now has a different use for the radiator grille, based on the large Ford F-150, which makes it look a little grimmer as the Everest off-road station wagon . The bonnet is more graduated than before.

Ford Ranger Facelift 2016

Otherwise there is a lot of new technology. The new cockpit looks much tidier and less playful than before. The often criticized small screen is at least partly history. In the basic versions, the display is one level lower, making it easier to see. If the large Sync-2 system is ordered (series from Limited), the customer receives a large monitor with extensive multimedia controls. Instead of the previous four analog round instruments, the basic versions are replaced by an instrument set with two analog displays and a central color display. From the Limited version, there is a central analog speedometer, which is flanked by two colored digital displays, which can be assigned individual displays. More on that later.

At the same time, a number of new assistance systems are optionally available in the Ford Ranger. With lane keeping control, adaptive cruise control, emergency braking and parking assist, the new Ford Ranger can be upgraded to the level of a modern car.

More power

There is also more power: For the 2nd , 2-liter Duratorq diesels are now available in two new output levels with 130 and 160 hp, the torque of the 160-hp engine increases from 375 to 385 Newton meters. However, the 130 PS variant is only available in the basic versions. For the test, the Ford Ranger competed in the second-highest equipment Limited with the 160-hp TDCi. According to FordThe new engine is said to be up to 22 percent more economical than before, to which the new stop-start system, the new exhaust gas recirculation and the likewise new electric power steering are supposed to contribute.

The chassis should be in terms of comfort have been improved, but no significant differences to the previous model could be found in the test. The Ford Ranger was already close to the optimum of what can be achieved with a leaf-sprung rear rigid axle; there was no urgent need for action here. In everyday life, the Ranger behaves good-naturedly and can be directed precisely, even if the rear axle occasionally hits a bump on short bumps. After all, it's still a commercial vehicle, not a cuddly SUV with a mud allergy. The new electric power steering feels good and gives no reason for criticism, the same applies to the precisely guided six-speed gearbox.

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The Ford Ranger is Germany's best-selling pickup. In the test it shows why this is so.

In the test, not only light

Which unfortunately also applies to the facelift and engine update is the very annoying running of the engine when changing gears. The speed does not drop, especially when power is required and the higher gear is engaged. This can be not only annoying, but also easily critical in the field, because the same effect occurs when you step off the pedal at full throttle.

The new instruments are not a win in every respect. Depending on the display setting, the tachometer is just a tiny graphic bar or a small imitation round instrument, while other, not so important information is prominently displayed - such as the past consumption as a bar graph.

The promised consumption advantage compared to the previous model could not be fully realized in the test. The standard consumption figure fell from 8.3 to 7.1 liters, but an improvement of 1.2 liters could not be achieved. On average, the thirst dropped from 9.5 liters in the previous model to 8.7 liters. After all, the Ford Ranger does not afford any consumption escapades, does not become an evil swallower even when towing a trailer or at high speed.

AndThe Ranger can haul quite well, as demonstrated in the test with a 2.5-ton trailer. Power and torque are completely sufficient to use the 100 km /h limit even on gradients without great effort. Here, however, the Ranger also showed the disadvantage of its relatively long gear ratio in street gear and the not directly oversized clutch. When maneuvering a heavily loaded trailer backwards on a slope, you have to work hard with gas and clutch, you can smell that after a few seconds.

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For the facelift, the Ford Ranger got a completely renovated cockpit that is not convincing in every respect.

Ford Ranger now with lock

If you use the Ranger more often in the field, you will be happy about a reasonable surcharge option. For the facelift, all equipment variants can be ordered with a rear differential lock, which also includes tank and engine protection. All of this for the very laudable price of 416.50 euros. Compulsory extra. The rest of the car is not quite as cheap, however, the price list for the Limited with manual transmission that we tested is self-confident 40,757 euros. However, these prices are a very approximate guideline, as must be discussed in the case of the Ranger. German facelift models with daily registration are currently over 30 percent cheaper, which of course also contributes to its sales success.

Conclusion:

Overall, the Ford Ranger has clearly won through the facelift . This applies particularly to the interior design, which now looks more logical and less playful. The Ford Ranger is an everyday car without crude commercial vehicle manners, and after the update it also calms down with safety-relevant assistance systems. It is no accident that he is the market leader in Germany.

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