The third-generation Ford Ranger has been designed from scratch to dominate the booming pick-up truck market. While this is one of the most fun-to-drive models in its class, don't expect a family SUV alternative. The ability to carry very heavy loads means the Ranger has to have heavy-duty suspension, which makes the ride fairly bouncy. Still, the Ranger is more comfortable than most of its rivals.
The Ranger's standard 2.2-litre diesel enigne is available with either 123bhp or 148bhp, while there's also a range-topping 3.2-litre diesel with 197bhp and the ability to tow a braked trailer weighing up to 3,500kg. But the largest engine also has very high CO2 emissions, so it'll cost a fortune to run.
Different cab sizes and a large accessories catalogue allow you to customise the Ranger to suit your job and lifestyle, and while it's not quite as plush as a Volkswagen Amarok inside, it's more attractivelty styled than competitors such as the Mitsubishi L200 and Toyota Hilux. Just avoid the entry-level trim, which is better suited to a building site than a weekend away.