2019 Ford Ranger XLT 3.2 v 2.0 Bi-Turbo Tow Test | carsales

2019 Ford Ranger XLT 3.2 v 2.0 Bi-Turbo Tow Test | carsales


The 3.2-litre five-cylinder Ford Ranger is
one of the best utes for towing with its impressive stability, ride quality and performance. But now — on XLT and Wildtrak — you can
opt for the Ranger Raptor’s more powerful and torquey four-cylinder Bi-Turbo engine. The question is, can the little four cylinder
overtake the big five as the towing hero in the Ranger catalogue? The Ranger has been with us since 2011 and
has proven itself as a capable tradie’s ute, family run-about, off-roader and of course
as a great tow vehicle. The inline five cylinder is very much an old
school diesel; it’s not keen to rev much beyond 3000rpm, and it’s also a bit noisy
and harsh. Where the big five cylinder really shines
though is with its strong mid-range torque, which helps make towing a van like this easy. The slow-revving diesel also has excellent
engine braking to peg speed on downhill runs. Yet now XLT and Wildtrak buyers have the option
of the 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo engine with 10-speed auto for just $1200 extra. The 2.0-litre engine is a smoother, quieter
and more responsive engine than the 3.2 and the Bi-Turbo climbs hills more easily and
also uses less fuel. Its excellent 10-speed auto always manages
to keep the engine in the right revs range too. The only negative for the 2.0-litre model
is its relatively poor engine braking. The new 2.0-litre maintains core Ranger attributes
such as good ride quality — whether laden or not — and one of most comfortable and
spacious interiors in the business. Whoever said that there is no replacement
for displacement hasn’t towed with the Ranger Bi-Turbo. It is smoother, more powerful, responsive
and efficient than the 3.2-litre engine. There isn’t a lot in it, but the fact is
that the Bi-Turbo is the more accomplished tow vehicle.