Sprint Review: 2021 Ford Ranger XL

What are the most complicated things on the planet? Easy. Rocket Science, Quantum Physics, Nuclear Fission, Ford Ranger model line-up. In that order.

You should know: Honestly. When we took delivery of this Ranger XL double-cab I though “Oh, let me quickly check online which model this is…” only to be greeted by page after page, list upon list, of what seemed like infinite combinations of a double-cab Ranger. And that’s just the 2.2L model…   

More info: Ford S.A. was kind enough to leave a spec sheet in the cubby hole so it turns out that we had ye olde 2.2 TDCi underfoot… more precisely, a 2021 Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCi XL Sport. Four by Four. Double Cab. 6AT. As with our recent test of an Everest, “Sport” merely means that they took a click-click spray can to all its former shiny bits.

What else? The grill, the mirrors, any bumper trim and *insert heavily annoyed sigh here* the alloy wheels have been turned darker than the pit of night. The devil’s bedding. The bottomless despair of a broken soul. Why? Because, apparently, some of us equate black with being cool or sporty. When in reality, it just gets dirty really quickly.

Why you shouldn’t: Bakkies get dirty. Really quickly. So, unless you want to buy this bakkie to pose around town with, we strongly recommend purchasing one of the other 2,395 Ranger models in a more sensible colour with normal accoutrements. Single, Super or Double Cab. Manual or Auto. Your choice!

Why you should: Because the Ranger is quickly becoming an equally popular choice to the evergreen Toyota Hilux, not just for its myriad of variations, but also because it’s backed up by an impressive number of dealers. The manufacturer also doesn’t skimp on specifications…

Some highlights include a full ESP vehicle stability system with roll-over mitigation, hill start (and decent) assist, trailer sway control, rear diff lock, plus some practical goodies like Bluetooth, mud-flaps and a tow-bar. Optional extras fitted to this vehicle were the big Ford SYNC media system, shiny paint, side steps and rubberised load area.

This model retails for roughly 565,000 bucks and comes with a 4-year/120,000km warranty.


Engine:2,198cc i-4 turbo-diesel
Transmission:6-speed Automatic, RWD/4WD
Max. Power:118kW
Max. Torque:385Nm
Avg. cons.:Claimed 8.2L/100km
0-100km/h:No claim
Top Speed:No claim
List Price:R565,300

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