The new Ford Ranger is SO much more than a bakkie: it’s a tough, spacious, yet comfortable and stylish vehicle that the whole family will enjoy.

I had the new Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCi diesel double cab for a week and loved its fuel efficiency and power. It was surprisingly easy to drive and park too (with the help of a 10-speed automatic gearbox, reverse camera and park distance control sensors) and leather trim and 2 USB ports meant that the whole family could travel in style and use their phones while on the road (an essential feature for teenagers on long trips).

PLUS, a 230V outlet in the cab means you can charge your phone, tablet or plug-in equipment, even when you’re in the middle of nowhere.

Packed full of safety features like the Lane Keeping System

This is one of MY favourite features on the Ford vehicles I’ve tested this year. This is how it works:

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Using the road markings, sensors can detect when you begin to drift out of your lane unintentionally. If you do, the steering wheel will begin to vibrate to warn you. If you don’t return to the lane, steering torque is applied to guide the Ranger back.

EPAS (Electronic Power-Assisted Steering)

Ford’s famous driving dynamics apply to the Ranger too. Electronic power-assisted steering makes steering light and responsive for city driving and when parking, and firmer and easier to control at higher speeds on the open road. Because it’s electronically controlled and not hydraulic, it only kicks in when you need it, helping to save fuel.

In addition, the Electronic Stability Control program has intelligent safety features like Trailer Sway Mitigation and Traction Control.

Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning Alert

While driving on the open road, it’s often irritating to have to turn your cruise control on and off when traffic in front of you slows you down. Adaptive Cruise Control automatically kicks in when traffic in front of you slows, to maintain a safe distance. Once traffic clears, it returns to your cruising speed. If the system detects the potential for a collision up ahead, it will flash a red warning signal on your windscreen and pre-charge your brakes, ready to stop quickly

Tough on the outside but smooth and luxurious on the inside

The facelift on the new Ranger means a new chrome grille and a more muscular front end, while inside, the priority is space, comfort and functionality. Controls are easy to reach, and there are 20 storage compartments, including front and rear door pockets, a mobile phone holder, sunglasses holder, key tray, under seat storage, seatback pockets, and a glovebox big enough to store your laptop!

The extra legroom in this double cab offers more comfort for passengers, and the large door and positioning of the rear pillar also makes it easier for them to get in and out.

Ford also promises reduced noise and vibration in the new Ranger.

You will love SYNC®3 – a fully integrated, voice activation system

SYNC®3 is a fully integrated, voice activation system that lets you use your devices while keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

Sync your phone, play music, and stay on track with the integrated Satellite Navigation System: seamless integration via programs like Applink 3.0, Apple Car Play and Android Auto on a customisable 8” Colour LCD capacitive Touch Screen.

Four outlets give you plenty of options to play, watch and view music, videos and photos on your SYNC3 touchscreen. Two USB outlets, and one RCA outlet let you check photos or videos on the spot, without returning to the office or home. You can also charge and play more than one USB device, while you drive.

Nifty little feature for loading at night

I also discovered that there’s a light in the cargo tray so that you can load stuff at night too – a really clever and thoughtful touch.

There are so many features that make the new Ford Ranger a really comfortable passenger vehicle, and the light steering, fab ground clearance, excellent visibility and power to get out of dangerous situations when you need it, makes this a great family choice for both moms and dads.

Lane keeping and collision warning systems mean that it’s also the ideal vehicle to use when teaching you teen to drive – giving them confidence and ensuring there are no nasty surprises when they’re learning to reverse or move from one lane to another.

All4Women drove the new Ford Ranger for a week for the purposes of this review




Disclosure: All4Women received these products in exchange for a review.