The third-generation Ford Ranger has been designed from scratch to dominate the booming European pick-up truck market. Ford's efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, this is one of the most fun to drive vehicles in its class, but if you’re expecting an SUV alternative, don’t be fooled. Being able to carry such heavy loads means the Ranger has to have heavy duty suspension, which can make the ride fairly bouncy. Still, the Ranger is more comfortable than most of its rivals.
A 2.2-litre diesel is available with 123bhp or 148bhp, while there's also a range-topping 3.2-litre diesel with 197bhp and the ability to tow a massive 3,500kg braked trailer. But, the largest engine also has very high emissions, so it will cost a lot of money to run.
Different cab sizes and a large accessories catalogue allow you to customise the Ranger to your work and lifestyle, and while it's not quite as plush as a Volkswagen Amarok inside, its styling beats most competitors like the Mitsubishi L200 and Toyota Hilux. Just avoid the entry-level trims, which are better suited to a building site than a weekend away.