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Ford Wildtrak 4WD Ute (2009)

by John Ewing,reviewed December 2009

The Wildtrak is the new hero model in the upgraded and facelifted PK Ranger family. It’s $3000 dearer than the XLT but offers a number of ‘extras’.

Our test Wildtrak’s 3.0-litre diesel engine with variable-geometry turbocharger for better torque characteristics was a real ripper, feeling strong and tractable even at low revs. Transmission choice is a five-speed manual or five-speed auto (unlike some competitors who make do with one less auto ratio). Ranger proved adept off-road.

On the tarmac, handling and steering rated very well by class standards. A 3000 kg tow capacity for manuals adds appeal. Less endearing is the lack of steering reach adjustment and the old-fashioned ‘umbrella handle’ park brake.

Ford Wildtrak 4WD Ute 2009


Willing engine, on and off road ability


No steering reach adjustment, antiquated park brake

Key features

Alcantra leather trim, alarm, 18” alloys, side steps, rear bumper step, six-stack CD, sports bar, tray roller shutter and bedliner, limited slip differential, cruise control, airconditioning


Dual front and side head/thorax airbags, ABS, EBD

Car Details

Vehicle make Ford
Vehicle model Wildtrak 4WD ute
Vehicle type Dual Cab Utes
Year 2009
Price when new $48,990 (5-speed manual) MLP
Current price range $ - $

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Engine 3.0-litre, 4-cyl., 16-valve, double overhead cam turbo-diesel

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.