REVIEW | Single-turbo Ford Ranger FX4 4x4 offers easy, punchy drive

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2021 Ford Ranger FX4
2021 Ford Ranger FX4
Caylene Valentyn | Media House Made

• The Ford Ranger FX4 joins the Wheels24 garage on an extended test.

• The bakkie slots in between the XLT and WildTrak model in the Ranger hierarchy.

• The engine powering the bakkie is Ford's 2.0-litre single-turbo mill.

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In Ford South Africa's Ranger line-up, the FX4 sits between the Ranger XLT and Ranger WildTrak in the bakkie hierarchy. Not to tread on the WildTrak's toes, the FX4 offers a similar package to that of the XLT, but with several features you'd find on the WildTrak. These include the red stitching adorning the dashboard and 'FX4' logos embroidered onto the seats.

As standard across most of the Ranger range, the bakkie does not come equipped with a tonneau cover, but the FX4 features a sturdy tubular sports bar over the loading bay. The loading bay is decked with a drop-in bed liner and features six cargo tie-down points. What we particularly like is the 12-volt power socket found in the loading bay.

The first month

With the bakkie's first month few weeks drawing to a close, we haven't spent as much time behind the wheel as we would have liked, thanks to the reinstated Alert Level 4. Where we could, we made the best use of our time and gave the bakkie its first shakedown. From transporting cargo to the odd trip around the mountain, the Ranger FX4 got to stretch its legs.

READ: DRIVEN | Ford's Ranger FX4 returns - here's what SA's new bakkie is all about

Though it shares an architecture with the rest of the Ranger family - bar the impeccable Ranger Raptor - the FX4 is fitted with Ford's single-turbo 2.0-litre diesel engine. Power comes in at 132kW and 420Nm, sent to the rear wheels via the automaker's 10-speed automatic gearbox. Thanks to the familiar rotary knob that controls the 4x4 system, toggling between 4x2 and 4x4 is a breeze. And while we did undertake a brief off-road excursion in the bakkie, we are planning a more rigorous trip in August (provided President Cyril Ramaphosa relaxes the Alert Level in his next address).

The Ford Ranger FX4 retails for R704 500 (July 2021) and comes with a six-year or 90 000km service plan. A four-year or 120 000km warranty is standard.

Ford Ranger FX4
2021 Ford Ranger FX4
Quick stats: 2021 Ford Ranger FX4 2.0SiT 4x4

Km on arrival: 8 040km

Km now: 8 604km

Distance covered: 564km

Engine: 2.0-litre diesel, single-turbo

Power: 132kW @ 3 500rpm

Torque: 420Nm @ 1 750 - 2 500rpm

Gears: 10-speed automatic

Economy: 10.3-litres/100km

Drive: 4x4

Tyres: 265/60 R18

Ground clearance: 237mm

Wading depth: 800mm

Approach angle: 25.5 degrees

Departure angle: 21.8 degrees

Service plan: Six-years or 90 000km

Warranty: Four-years or 120 000km

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