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  • Awesome engine and drivetrain even at the entry level
  • Comfortable and solid
  • Great equipment and useful features


  • Basic infotainment is a tad fiddly
  • USB port placement not convenient if using phone or device for work or nav
  • The 16-inch alloys are not very appealing


Ford Ranger XLS car reviews

We Aussies love our dual cabs – and we also love our Rangers.

When it comes to efficiency and value for money, we can clearly see why the Ford Ranger is such a favourite among car buyers.


We’re kicking off with arguably one of the most important aspects of modern vehicles – safety. Let’s cut to the chase now, shall we? Without further ado, the Ford Ranger scores a whopping 5/5 starts according to ANCAP Safety. Talk about a stronghold of a dual cab! You’ll probably feel more secure inside the Ranger than you will be in a tank.


The good stuff are not over yet though, as this is a very affordable dual cab, no doubt about that. The manual starts at just shy of $50.000, while you can get the auto for around $52.000. That’s less than most of the competition, namely the Toyota Hilux or the VW Amarok.


This special edition of the Ranger comes with all the standard equipment, but there are some extra goodies at your disposal. By going for the SE you’ll also get a sports bar, tow bar, side steps, tailgate liner, auto headlights and a reverse camera. That’s a lot of extras added to an already formidable list of features.

Pros and cons

Logically, we’ll now take a look at the best things about the Ford Ranger. Starting with the pros:

– Awesome engine and drivetrain even at the entry level

– Great equipment and useful features

– Comfortable and solid

– Can be used around town without any problems whatsoever

However, the beloved Ranger does have some flaws:

– The USB port’s placement can be a pain if you are using your smartphone on a mount for navigation.

– The Infotainment system can be better

– The 16-inch alloys are not very pleasant to look at

Conclusive thoughts

The Hilux has every reason to tremble and fear for its number one spot. With the XLS SE Ranger, Ford are stepping up their game big time.

And why’s that? Because the Ford Ranger is powerful, economical (9.2L/100km combined, enough said), efficient, useful and above all – great value for money. So to put it simply – this is definitely a pickup that you absolutely have to consider.





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