The act of stepping up into the cabin leaves little room for doubt about the vastness of the Ford Ranger. You sit higher than in most SUVs, but even from up there, the extremities of the front and rear seem an awfully long way away.

The cabin itself is a familiar and quite pleasant place. Its design strikes a more than acceptable balance between durability, functionality and both aesthetic and tactile appeal.

Matt Prior

Road test editor
The Ranger displayed a redneck bias to ‘shuffling’ tracks on my iPod. At one point it played Johnny Cash, Toby Keith and Bruce Springsteen, one after the other

The material mix isn’t quite the match of a high-end Focus, but it’s rich enough to avoid any commercial impression and outclass the pick-up standard. Fixtures and fittings are solid and sensibly sized, in order to allow operation while wearing thick gloves.

Passenger space is fine and as generous in both rows as a medium-sized family car. There are lots practical storage solutions, too. The centre cubby is big enough for a pack of drinks cans and the glovebox is sized for a 16in laptop. The rear seat cushions also lift to reveal a large storage box.

Between that storage box and the 1.5m-long load bay, there’s little that you could carry in a large estate car or SUV that you couldn’t in the Ranger.

There’s no load-through facility, but longer items could be lashed to the roof rack of a car so equipped. There’s also a tailgate rated to carry 200kg, so you need have no qualms about climbing on to it to reach a bag or box.

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