By Simphiwe Malenga
Ford Ranger Sport XL it’s one Bakkie to have, but you have to go a bit deeper in your Pocket, Gold is not cheap but you wont regret spending money on this road beast with luxurious specs such as Radio with 4 speakers, Aux, Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning, fabric seats, front/rear electric windows, remote central locking, daytime running lights, a multifunction steering wheel and an touch-operated screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible .it’s easy to operate your phone when connected to the Ford Infotainment ,you don’t have to touch your phone while driving, the system has The messaging text-to-speech function , as well as Wi-Fi hotspot and a pair of USB slots for charging.
Ford has fitted the Model I have, The Ranger XL Sport with 2.2-litre 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine, That produces outputs of 118 kW and 385 Nm of torque. You have the choice of either 2 or 4 wheel drive when you want to buy This Ranger, You also have an option to choose Transmission Type of your choice, you can choose between 6 speed manual or 6 speed Automatic Gearbox
The Ranger XL Sport is carried by the 17-inch black alloy wheels off-road-specific tyres , A tow bar, The 17-inch Panther black alloy rims also give the vehicle a Good look compared with the Normal bakkie’s wheels. The Bakkies also have a black rear bumper and sports bar. You can also opt for black side steps at a cost . There’s a nice sport badge on the rear too.
Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, stability control, traction control, hill launch assist, roll-over mitigation, adaptive load control, and trailer-way control are standard.
The 2.2-litre 4-cylinder diesel produces up to 118 kW and 385 Nm as I mentioned earlier , which is not bad for day-to-day use. Having to drive it everyday to work, I have really enjoyed The Ranger its the beast on the road top speed I have driven the Ranger sports is 120 km/h on the N1.
Model tested: Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi double cab 4×4 XL Sport auto
Price: R559 500 ( 2021)
Engine: 2.2-litre turbo diesel 4-cylinder
Power/Torque: 118 kW/385 Nm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Fuel consumption: 8.2 L/100 km (According to Ford),but I did 9.8L/100 km