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Ford Ranger Wildtrak Review

Ford Ranger Wildtrak

In recent times, Ford has aimed to provide a pick-up truck for every kind of use and person on the planet. When it comes to desirability, few cars can claim to deliver an experience like the Ford Ranger Wildtrak. It is very easy to forget that the Ford Ranger platform has been around for over a decade. As it can easily compete with other great and innovative cars in the class (such as the Isuzu d max and Volkswagen Amarok) because of its constant tweaks, improvements, and updates.

There is little to nothing this Ford Ranger can't haul or handle, but despite that, it still has the "appealing aesthetic" that the Australian population has fallen for.

FordPress Connect

Some of the most notable updates for the latest variants include some minor tweaks to the interior and exterior of the Wildtrak and a new feature called the FordPass Connect.

The FordPass Connect is controlled by an app on your device. By utilizing it and the in-car internet connection, you can carry out tasks like keyless entry (remote lock and unlock), remote start, parked vehicle location, and vehicle status.

What is the Best Ford Ranger Model to Buy?

The Ranger is a worthy choice for any user, and it's one of the most capable compact pick-ups you can buy.

Here's a list of the best Ford Ranger Models of all time -
  • Wildtrak
  • Ford XLT special edition
  • Ford Ranger Raptor
  • 2021 Ford Ranger
  • 2011 Ford Ranger
  • 2010 Ford Ranger
  • 2008 Ford Ranger
  • 2003 Ford Ranger Pickup 4WD

The Best Ford Ranger For You

Opting for the best Ford Ranger can be a challenging task. There are over 30 different versions of the Ford Ranger, and each one comes with different specifications and body designs. Out of these variants, the Ranger Raptor, Ranger XLT, and 2021 Ford Ranger are Special Editions, and definitely, one might be perfect for you. If you are in the market for one of these second hand and you are in Perth, Australia comes down to Westside Auto Wholesale. With a large selection of near-new Ranger models available, our sales team can help you find the perfect Ranger for your needs and lifestyle. You can also shop online right now HERE.

Ranger XLT Special Edition

The name of this model is an indication that Ford's marketing department took its time to pick a befitting name. This model is more user-friendly than any other model on the market and is perfect for those who want a Ranger for more than work purposes. That being said in the class of commercial vehicles that the ranger fits in it is very comparable to the Hilux or Colorado models.

This Ranger XLT comes with gold-black 18-inch alloy wheels, lane-keep assist, leather steering wheel, and heated front seats. You have access to other upgraded features like power-folding mirrors, remote start, and even parking sensors. It also has a six-speaker system, coupled with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and SiriusXM.

For your comfort, the Ranger XLT features dual vanity mirrors, an electro-chromatic inside rearview mirror, and an overhead console with storage.

For safety measures, the Ranger XLT features options like:

  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Stability control
  • Blindspot monitor
  • Cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning

Ranger XLT pricing

The Ford Ranger XLT with the 3.2-litre engine costs $57,240 plus on-road costs, and the version with the 2.0-litre diesel costs $60,940 before on-road costs.

Ranger colours

It's available in seven colours; iconic silver metallic, oxford white, shadow black, lightning blue metallic, race red, sabre metallic, and magnetic metallic.

XLT new car warranty

The Ranger XLT comes with a basic warranty of three years and a corrosion warranty of five years.


Ranger Raptor Edition

The Ranger Raptor provides more comfort than the regular Ranger. It is an upgrade to the Ranger XLT, with an extra 30 % increase in ride height. What's more, the Ranger Raptor is 150mm wider than the regular Ranger. Due to this upgrade, its shock absorbers are more active and give you a comfortable feeling even on bumpy roads.

The Ranger Raptor has a rugged interior and plenty of space for whatever you need to do. It features diff locks in the centre and the gear stick, plus it has a hill descent option.

With 150mm thick front and rear wheel arches, the Ranger Raptor stands out from the crowd. It also comes with an auto high beam for light and speed sensitivity, but you can turn it off if you don't see its as a worthwhile feature.

The Ranger Raptor was designed to handle the rough stuff, from smoothing out jumps to tackling the toughest terrains. When the Ranger Raptor is in an off-road mode, you can use the locking rear differential option to supply all the rear tyres with an equal amount of torque.

2021 Ford Ranger

What's new with the 2021 Ford Ranger? Its appearance now comes with new bedside decals and black Ford oval badges. Do you still think this isn't the perfect car for you? Read on.

The 2021 Ford Ranger features a turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine that supplies 310 lb-ft of torque.

When equipped with an optional tow bar, the 2021 Ford Ranger has a towing capacity of 7500 pounds and a gross combination mass of 6550kg. Also, when towing, the 2021 Ford Ranger is consistent and doesn't wobble.

This mid-sized pick-up truck is available either as a Super Cab or Super Crew model. The Super Crew model features seats for up to five people, while the Super Cab model can comfortably accommodate four. However, they are both very comfortable and user-friendly.

Also, the 2021 Ford Ranger comes with safety features like blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and forward-collision warning.

The 2021 Ford Ranger comes with a competitive warranty plan. Ford offers a powertrain warranty for five years, and a limited warranty for three years, but the complimentary scheduled maintenance isn't available for this model.

Is The Wildtrak Any Good?

The Ford Ranger is a good car with a powerful engine and a solid off-roader. Its seats are very comfortable, and most people find it user-friendly.

You can make use of the Ford for hauling big loads across different towns without any difficulty, plus it has enough space in its rear seats, unlike other pick-up trucks.

It's a good car to compare with the Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, and even Isuzu D Max.

Are Ford Rangers Reliable?

The Ford Ranger Wildtrak is a worthy option for a reliable pick-up truck. It is one of the best-selling cars in Australia because of its refined powertrain, five-cylinder engine, and swift steering wheels.


What Are the Features of the Wildtrak?

The Ford Ranger Wildtrak X variant has two available engines; the 2.0-litre bi-turbo paired with a 10-speed auto, and the 3.2-litre paired with a six-speed automatic. The Wildtrak X comes only as a dual-cab ute.

As it normally is, the Wildtrak comes with a premium leather-accented interior, illuminated scuff plates, accent colours, and contrast-stitched seat trim. In addition to that, it has so many high-end features like tyre pressure monitoring, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, electric power steering, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, reversing camera, and safety gears.

The Ford Ranger Wildtrak also has an autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, roadside assistance, power roller shutter, lane keep assist, dual-zone climate control, and an eight-inch touchscreen sync multimedia unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Ranger Wildtrak X variant comes with the addition of an Ebony Black rear sailplane, 18-inch alloy wheels, Ebony Black wheel arch flares, nudge-bar-mounted LED light bar, a snorkel, an auto high beam, and bi-LED headlights.

The X variant comes with the standard mountain top roll covers all Wildtraks have, but it has more power, and it can be controlled through a button in the tray on an in-cabin switch.

The Ranger offers four tie-down points you can use to secure your load in place.

However, if you are looking to purchase a Wildtrak, you don't have a wide range of options because it comes only as a four-wheel-drive double cab.

What is Interesting About the Design?

The 2021 Ford Ranger Wildtrak X is essentially an improved Wildtrak, so if you assume it is going to look awesome, you are not wrong.

What comes as a plus is that the innovations of the Wildtrak X are not just mere style changes because they have real-world functionalities, including a snorkel, active park assist, the nudge-bar-mounted LED light bar, and a nudge bar.

The Ford Ranger comes with a traffic sign recognition that enhances your speed control so you can be focused while driving. When turned on, the forward-facing camera displays your current speed level, and when you exceed the fixed speed limit, it provides you with an audible warning.


What comes as a plus is that the innovations of the Wildtrak X are not just mere style changes because they have real-world functionalities, including a snorkel, active park assist, the nudge-bar mounted LED light bar and a nudge bar.

The Ford Ranger comes with a traffic sign recognition that enhances your speed control so you can be focused while driving. When turned on, the forward-facing camera displays your current speed level, and when you exceed the fixed speed limit, it provides you with an audible warning.

What are The Key Stats For the Engine and Transmission?

This vehicle can produce 157kW at 3750rpm and 500Nm at about 2000rpm as it has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder bi-turbo diesel engine coupled with a 10-speed auto transmission.

The robust engine of the Ford Ranger Wildtrak X allows it to maintain highway speeds which might prove difficult for other vehicles. It also comes with an electronic locking rear differential and a selectable four-wheel drive.

Additionally, it has a gross vehicle mass of 3200kg, and its ground clearance is 232mm.

How Fuel Efficient is the Ford Ranger?


Considering the fuel economy, the Ford Ranger's fuel consumption is pegged at 6.5 to 8.9L/100km, and it runs on diesel.

However, if you are looking to buy the most efficient Ford Ranger, you can opt for the upgraded 2019 Ford Ranger version.

Rivals of the Ranger Wildtrak include the Nissan Navara and Volkswagen Amarok but both of these cars have worse fuel economy than the Wildtrak.

How Spacious is the Ford Ranger Wildtrak?


The Ford Ranger's interior is designed with enough space for carrying huge loads. It has a superb touch of orange stitching, soft-touch leather-accented surfaces, and "Wildtrak" branding in different areas, including floor mats, seats, and on the dash.

Every door has a bottle holder, and there are also cup holders in the fold-down arm-rest at the back and front seat. You also get a sizable center console where you can hide little things. There is a 12V socket and two USB ports up front to meet your charging needs.

It is easy to operate the Ford Ranger Wildtrak X myriad controls, whether it is the steering wheel or dash-mounted. The steering wheel controls are so straightforward that anyone can easily use them.

The rear seats can accommodate two baby seats because it comes with an ISOFIX anchor on both the top-tether and outer seat, plus the presence of loops attached to the middle top anchor makes it easier for the seats to balance properly. The front seat is very comfortable and supportive, and the rear seat doesn't fall too far behind.

The multimedia system has an 8-inch touchscreen with tuning and volume knobs. It is user-friendly and comes with digital radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay functionality.


How Does It Feel Driving the Ford Ranger Wildtrak?

Even with a 1.7m turning circle, the Ford Ranger never feels like a huge vehicle to steer around. Before Ford's contemporary Ranger line-up, there was a certain level of comfort missing. However, this has been rectified by adding leaf springs at the rear and suspension coils at the front of the Ranger Wildtrak.

As a driver, there is no much stress in driving any car from the Ranger line-up as it comes with features like electric power steering, auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, LED light bar, lane keep assist, hill-descent control, a nudge bar, and many more to relieve you of so many duties. The front and rear parking sensors also assist, in addition to the reversing camera.

How Long Do Ford Engines Last?

There is no beating around the bush when it comes to the engine reliability of Ford's engines. Truly, trucks aren't made to last a lifetime, but a pick-up truck is expected to last at least a couple of years. Fortunately, the Ford Ranger's engine is sure to serve you for years. According to Motor and Wheels, the Ford Ranger can last for up to 300,000 kilometers.

However, it might be a bit challenging to reach the 300,000-kilometre benchmark. Now, you may be wondering how to be sure your car can cover that distance.

It's simple because it all boils down to how you maintain it. Forgetting to change the engine oil when it's due can contribute to the wear and tear of your car's engine, making it impossible to last for as long as you want it to.


Pros of Buying the Wildtrak

  • Comprehensive ADAS suite
  • Powerful 2.0-litre bi-turbo engine
  • Excellent ride comfort

Cons of Buying the Wildtrak

  • Base models have limited technology
  • A bit on the pricey side
  • Absence of a 30-degree camera
  • The 10AT has too many ratios


The warranty that comes with a Ford Ranger is four years and a six-year service plan. This covers every damage that may occur due to a manufacturing defect.


Does the Ford Ranger Last More Than Other Pickup Models?

The Ford Ranger is one of the many pick-ups available that can easily go 300,000 kilometers. There are tonnes of vehicles capable of lasting more than 250,000 km. Some of these models include the Toyota Tacoma, the Chevy Silverado, and the Honda Ridgeline.

What Are the Most Common Problems of the Ford Ranger?

With the Ford Ranger, you won't get stuck on always doing high-end repairs, but that doesn't mean it has no downsides.

According to its users, the most common problem of the Ford Ranger is the underperformance of its climate control system and in-car electronics.

Buy a used Ford Ranger today

Are you ready to buy a Ford Ranger? If you're looking for a second-hand or near new Ford Ranger in Perth, Come and see the team at Westside Auto Wholesale in Bentley.

We have a huge selection of cars on offer and our friendly sales team can help find the perfect car for your needs.

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