Best 4x4 Dual Cab Ute

Ford Ranger XLT

Dual-cab utilities (DCUs) might be ho-hum for many, but there’s no denying their popularity – after small cars and mid-sized SUVs, the category is the third largest in the Australian market.

Back-to-back wins are never easy and last year’s inaugural winner, the Ford Ranger XL, joins some illustrious models in the ABC program in achieving just that. This year, it was the higher XLT specification that got the gong.

Once you’re settled in the Ranger, it offers the most comfortable seats in all positions among its class. It also has one of the best ride qualities in its group, and does a better job in balancing ride quality and on-road handling than its closest rival, the BT-50.

Powering the Ranger is a torquey 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel engine matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, which complements the five-cylinder diesel’s power characteristics perfectly. The engine develops 470Nm from just above idle, which endows the Ranger with pulling power.
 
It has a 3500kg rated towing capability and includes electronic trailer sway control as standard. Combined with the Ranger’s long wheelbase and the afore-mentioned pulling power and you have one of the best towing packages in the business.
 
The official combined fuel economy figure is 9.2 litres/100km.


Indicative Drive Away Price: $60,059


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Criteria out of 10 – Ford Ranger XLT

Value for Money  Rating
Pricing  4M
Depreciation  4M
Running and Repair Costs  7M
Fuel Consumption  2H
Warranty and Dealer Access  5M
Insurance  10L
Standard Features  9H

Design and Function  Rating
Safety  7C
Environment  5C
Seating Comfort  8H
Space - Cabin  7H
Space - Tray  7H
Practicality  8H
Ergonomics  7H
Build and Finish  8M

On The Road  Rating 
Rated Towing  9C
Payload  7M
Performance  9H
Ride  7M
Handling  8H
Braking  7H
Smoothness and Quietness  7M

Off The Road  Rating
Engine Gearing and Traction  9H
Clearances and Articulation  8H

Note: Level of weighting importance for each score: L = Low, M = Medium, H = High, C = Critical.

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