Entry to the Ranger line-up is with the XL single cab. It’s basic motoring, with only vinyl floor coverings.
From there it’s a leap to the XL Hi-Rider, which is a cleverly marketed two-wheel drive model that gets a taller four-wheel drive stance but without the expense and weight of 4x4 hardware. Hi-Rider variants are also legally cleared to tow more: up from 2500kg to 3500kg.
The XL Hi-Rider is also the least costly Ranger to offer an automatic gearbox option.
An XL Plus model is available only as a 4x4 and with the bigger five-cylinder turbo diesel.
Similarly, an XLS is available only in 4x4. It adds a rear differential lock (which helps in difficult conditions off road), alloy wheels and carpet.
The volume selling XLT adds satellite-navigation, and dual-zone air-conditioning – which allows the driver and front passenger independent control of air temperature. It also has rear parking sensors, tinted windows, wipers that operate automatically when it rains, a sports/rollover bar, voice control over Bluetooth, and a cooled centre console. A 12V power outlet in the tray is ideal for a small fridge or camping light.
The XLT also gets a towbar for up to 3500kg, a feature many buyers of this style of vehicle would otherwise have to add. It comes with the flagship 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel engine.
Top of the Ranger tree is the adventurously-named Wildtrak, which adds a reversing camera, floor mats, a roller shutter for the load area, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. It also has unique wheels and other styling tweaks that make it stand out visually.