If you’re after a big ute or pickup, you really are spoilt for choice.  This week, we move between siblings.  Mechanically the Bt-50 and Ranger are almost identical, but on the outside its a very different story.  We’ve driven and loved the Ranger before, this week we’re experiencing the Wildtrak.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak

Ford Ranger Wildtrak

Make: Ford

Model: Ranger

Variant: Wildtrak

Engine / Transmission: 3.2-litre in-line 5 cylinder 20 valve DOHC intercooled turbo diesel, 6-speed auto

Drivetrain: 4×4

Vital Stats: 147Kw @ 3000rpm 470Nm @ 1500 – 2,750rpm

Ford Claimed Fuel Economy: 9.6L/100km diesel

EFTM Claimed Fuel Economy: 10.1/100km (Unladen, light off road work, combined urban and motorway driving)

RRP Price: From $57,390

Standard Features: 80 litre fuel tank capacity, 18 inch alloy wheels, Power windows and mirrors (black), Dual zone air-conditioning, 5-inch colour screen with satellite navigation, Voice recognition for some features, Bluetooth® (hands-free compatible), Bluetooth® audio (MP3 player compatible), USB input (iPod® compatible), Cruise control, Trip computer, Reversing camera integrated into auto dimming rear-view mirror, dusk sensing headlamps, Wildtrak carpet floor mats, Power driver’s seat, Heated front seats, Leather / cloth seats with orange pinstripes, Privacy glass,  Roof rails, Tray roller shutter,  Black Aero bar, Audio system with AM/FM tuner, single-disc CD player and 6 speakers, Locking Rear Differential (4×4 only), Towing capacity (braked) 3,500kg with tow bar included.

Safety highlights:  Airbags: front (driver and passenger), side (front) and curtain (front and rear), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Child restraint anchor points, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Hill Descent Control (HDC) – 4×4 only and Hill Launch Assist (HLA)

Wow Factor: Best looking dual cab on the market, handling on the cusp of SUV standard.

Most Impressive: Upmarket interior, tough looking. Comfortable accommodation upfront.

Not so impressive: Rear seat passengers sit bolt upright. Sheer size may intimidate some. Not cheap, $4000 premium over still excellent XLT Ranger.

Early verdict: VW Amarok may be technically superior, but this is a man’s man dual cab.