Price, fuel economy and range, finance and depreciation

Costing nearly £50,000 and with only four diesel-fuelled cylinders to show for it, the Ranger Raptor is perhaps more likely to attract those wanting to make a statement than it will any recreational off-road drivers who would use this chassis to anything like its true potential.

Neither is it an entirely rational choice of workhorse in this class and underlining that fact is that it is no longer classified as a commercial vehicle, so owners cannot claim back VAT. In addition to the Raptor’s smaller-capacity payload, the standard Ranger’s 3.5-tonne towing limit is reduced by almost a third. Those with largely practical ownership intentions might therefore be better served by a Ranger from the mainstream portion of the range.

Ford’s PCP deals could see the Ranger Raptor’s substantial dimensions on your driveway for just under £600 per month, and as this is an official European product, finding an unregistered one shouldn’t prove problematic

But if the Raptor is the only pick-up for you, ownership should at least prove reasonably affordable once the initial cost is accounted for. Official forecasts for residual value were nonexistent at the time this magazine went to print but the Raptor ought to hold its value well enough if the six-month waiting list for a new one is any indication. For comparison, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon also performs well in this regard, retaining almost half its original value after three years and 36,000 miles.