Ford Ranger interior
The Ford Ranger’s interior feels solid enough to put up with a good few years of abuse, but the infotainment system isn’t on par with what you get in more premium alternatives.
The Ford Ranger’s interior doesn’t look particularly exciting, but it complements the truck’s blocky, utilitarian exterior well.
As in many pickup trucks, the dashboard’s central feature consists of a pair of air vents framing a square stereo unit that sits above the usual heating and ventilation controls. It’s all very logical, very sensibly laid out and very easy to use.
Entry-level XL models come with a fairly drab sea of black plastics on the dashboard and doors that feel cheaper than those in a VW Amarok. Step up to an XLT model and you get some bright silver strips across the dashboard, around the air vents, on the steering wheel and along the door handles alongside a leather steering wheel and a colour display for the DAB digital radio.
Pick a Limited model instead and you get a much-improved touchscreen infotainment system along with some partial leather trim on the seats and armrests. Go for a Wildtrak version if you fancy some leather seats with contrasting stitching, glossy black trim on the steering wheel and interior ambient lighting.
Push the boat all the way out for a top-spec Raptor model, and you get some more supportive suede sports seats, a sportier leather steering wheel and some satin black trims on the dashboard and doors.
Entry-level Ford Rangers come well-equipped in many areas but they’re let down by a stereo that would have felt dated ten years ago…
Entry-level Ford Rangers in XL guise come with a very basic stereo that looks like it’s been pinched from a 2000s hatchback. It comes with Bluetooth connectivity, DAB digital radio and an Aux input, but that’s your lot.
Pick an XLT and you get an 8-inch touchscreen, but it’s well worth upgrading to a Limited model because these get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. These features let you use your favourite navigation and music-streaming apps through the Ford Ranger’s touchscreen.
Wildtrak and Raptor models come with the same basic system with the addition of sat-nav, but it isn’t as good as using your phone’s navigation apps. Additionally, the screen isn’t quite as responsive as the one you get in a VW Amarok and you don’t get any physical shortcut buttons to help you switch from one key feature to another on the move or when you’re wearing gloves.