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Cheapest vs most expensive Ford Ranger – The R690,000 difference

The Ford Ranger is one of South Africa’s most popular vehicles – a fact that the Blue Oval has been keen to capitalize on with the continued rollout of new models in the ever-expanding family.

There are currently 25 different Rangers on the local market, comprising four main trim levels: XL, XLT, Wildtrak, and Raptor, and three body styles: single cab, super cab, and double cab.

With this many options, it’s no surprise that there’s a big gap between the models that bookend each side of the price spectrum, as the cheapest Ranger you can buy in South Africa goes for R494,400, while the most expensive demands R1,184,100.

That’s a price gap of R689,700, so it’s worth taking the time to see exactly what the Ford bakkie offers as a baseline and how its flagship can retail for more than twice what its sibling costs.


The most affordable Ranger in South Africa is the single cab XL, while the pole position is held by the halo-model Raptor double cab.

Starting things off, the XL gets a 2.0-litre, single-turbo diesel engine which produces a total of 125kW and 405Nm, and power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, resulting in a fuel consumption of 6.9l/100km.

The top-of-the-line Raptor, in contrast, gets an exclusive 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged powerplant, which notably consumes petrol rather than diesel to generate 292kW and 583Nm.

A selectable all-wheel-drive system is then used to distribute power to the surface in tandem with a 10-speed automatic gearbox, though you pay the price of this much greater performance with a fuel usage of 11.5l/100km.

The Raptor also boasts special Fox racing shocks for added comfort in extreme conditions, but this has compromised the bakkie’s utility, as it can only tow 2,500kg and carry 667kg.

The standard models, in contrast, can all tow 3,500kg and haul roughly 1,000kg in the back.


Putting aside the obvious distinction that one is a single cab and the other is a double cab (given that the cheapest Ford double cab is only R16,300 more than the single cab) the XL and Raptor naturally have a big gap when it comes to equipment

Setting the benchmark for all units in the range, the XL is delivered with halogen headlights, daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, electric windows, cloth seats, a multifunction steering wheel, a 10-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8-inch digital driver’s display, rollover mitigation, adaptive load control, trailer sway control, and hill assist.

Buyers can also opt for upgrade packs that add automatic dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, a reverse camera, cruise control, steel underbody protection, and larger 17-inch alloys with all-terrain tyres.

Shifting focus to the Raptor, the flagship naturally comes with nearly every item in the carmaker’s toolkit.

This includes Matrix LED adaptive headlights, LED daytime running lights, 17-inch alloys with off-road tyres, a reinforced body with a steel bash plate, an active exhaust system, keyless entry and start, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, pre-collision assist, autonomous emergency braking, hill launch and descent control, and a parking assistant.

The interior also gets a unique leather upholstery with a model-specific orange cross-stitch pattern, a leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, ambient lighting, eight-way adjustable electric seats, a wireless phone charger, a 10-speaker Bang and Olufsen stereo, a larger 12.0 -inch media unit, and a 12.4-inch digital driver display.

Furthermore, the halo-bakkie has driving modes for Normal, Eco, Sport, Tow/Haul, Slippery, Mud and Ruts, Sand, and Baja – the latter of which is a unique setting that keeps the turbocharger spooled up to eliminate engine lag while driving.

Regardless of the model, all Ford Rangers are sold with a 4-year/120,000km warranty with optional service and maintenance plans.

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