Owner Review

2016 Ford Ranger XLT 3.2 (4x4) Review

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I have had my 2016 Ranger XLT 4x4 manual for 10 weeks and have clocked up 10,000km in this time. It is a dream to drive, the adaptive cruise control is awesome and once you have it you don't want to be without it. Engine is brilliant and after changing over from a fully kitted GU7 Nissan Patrol its like a sports car in handling and performance.

Towing is effortless with a very low 1st gear ratio, no riding the clutch in this beast. I have got the fuel consumption down to 9.3L per hundred with 30% urban and 70% highway driving and on one occasion drove from Middle Head to the Hume Highway (Liverpool) at 6.6L/100 but utilising 6th gear. In cab features are brilliant, and the towbar standard is great. Servicing interval is 15,000km and the advertised price is $520, but with 15k between services hardly bank breaking.

Only issue thus far is the availability of aftermarket Bull bars that incorporate the Adaptive Cruise Control. The Ford bar can integrate it but is ugly. Mapping software in the Navigator could be better as it was a bit dated on delivery and there was no mention of periodic updates that you get from other car makers. The headlights could do with a Xenon Upgrade option. Other reviews have mentioned that a failure can be experienced if you change your own oil and don't refill within 10 minutes. A little concerning for the unwary.

Overall a brilliant vehicle and well worth the coin.