If you run your own business and need large, servile transportation, you dismiss the Ford Ranger at your cost. The Light Commercial Vehicle classification and low benefit-in-kind company car tax means that even a 40 percent tax payer could run one of these on fleet for less than many conventional cars.
Better still, because it’s a commercial vehicle, business owners can claim the VAT back. Before you rush to the phone, though, there’s fuel economy to consider – and the Ranger’s is pretty mediocre.
Our testing suggests that the 3.2-litre diesel would typically return 28mpg, which is low enough to test your mental arithmetic. Here is where the more economical 2.2-litre diesel Rangers could be a wise option, if you can forego the performance of the larger engine.
The bottom line? If you’re comparing it with anything smaller or cheaper than, say, a CR-V, the numbers probably won’t add up, and the higher your annual mileage, the less ‘probable’ that situation becomes. Assuming you pay for your own fuel, of course.
A private buyer would definitely need a use for the Ranger’s huge towing and carrying capacity in order to make a case to own one – but plenty will.