Best Bakkie 2022 Finalist: Ford Ranger 2.0 bt DC 4×4 Stormtrak

Based on Ranger Wildtrak, which shares Ford’s peachy 157 kilowatt 500 Newton-metre bi-turbodiesel and ten-speed trannie, Ford’s latest run-out Ranger Stormtrak cuts a striking pose for a double-cab four-by-four. Well, we’re not sure if it’s actually the last run-out Ranger. There have been a few of late!

Where have you read it all before?

It gains a revised blackened mesh grille with red side nostrils, blackened 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, blackened side mirror housings, and bright 3D Stormtrak badges. And those GT stripes that someone designed after dreaming about a Mach 1 Mustang. We loved the lockable roller shutter bakkie top and cargo area management system. With a bed divider to easily compartmentalise the load bay to secure different-sized items.

Step into the familiar Wildtrak cabin and those in the know will soon notice the Stormtrak branded leather front pews and contrast stitched black leather dash top. And the steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake shrouds. The sharper among you will also by now have noticed that all the above was a copy and paste of our recent Ranger Thunder report. Followed by a search for Thunder to replace with Stormtrak. D’uh!

Of course Stormtrak also benefits Ford’s SYNC infotainment tech, which brings gesture, voice or touch control for its Apple CarPlay Android Auto, Waze traffic and navigation, Bluetooth and USB. You can also run your Ranger off the Ford Pass app on your phone. Never mind this bakkie will even park itself.

You’ve seen the new one already

You’d also already have seen the new Ranger by the time you read this. So it’s no surprise that the interior has dated. It’s difficult to operate and the darker cabin hides many button labels from less than 20/20 eyes. And then the AC system is primarily controlled through screen instead of dials on dash. Shouldn’t that be the other way around? And as good as the infotainment is, it is difficult to navigate.

On the road, Stormtrak is light and easy to drive — Ford’s ten-speed autobox uses its broader spread of ratios to deliver a creamy dollop of power quite literally right across the band from idle to limiter. Accompanied by a mellow and friendly mechanical thrum. It has real-time adaptive shift-scheduling to pick the optimal gear, whatever the demands and will short-shift up and skip gears down its ratios.

But the box also gets lost in its ratios too often. We think that ten gears are a few too many. Well in a bakkie anyway. Especially considering that it’s a laggy gearbox with a brittle reputation. Stormtrak however carries Wildtrak’s significantly improved ride quality over and retains its class-leading 3,500 kg towing capacity. Its 750 kg load capacity may be a worry if you want to hunt with a few big mates and still load the kudu in the bak.

A StORMTRAK bargain in the offing

The only reason the good old Ford Ranger made it into Best Bakkie, is that its Stormtrak badge makes it ‘new’. Still, it’s a decent all-round bakkie with a funky design that still turns head. It is powerful, has a comfy ride, a decent audio and a responsive infotainment system. And it stands apart from the old Ranger crowd. Well, kind of. But the new Ranger is coming and while you may be able to talk the dealer down on a cut-price Stormtrak, isn’t the latest always the greatest…?

Ford Ranger 2.0 biturbo DC 4x4 Stormtrak
Engine: 157kW 500Nm 1998cc turbodiesel I4
Drive: 10-speed automatic 4x4
Payload:          750 kg
Max Towing:       3500 kg
0-100km/h:        9.48 sec
400m:             16.8 sec @ 131 km/h
80-120km/h:       7.36 sec
VMax:             180 km/h
Fuel:             8.1 l/100km
CO2:              215 g/km
Warranty/Service: 4y 120K/6y 90K km
LIST PRICE:       R846K
Best Bakkie 2022 Index
Ford Ranger 2.0bT DC 4x4 Stormtrak
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Mazda BT-50 1.9TD DC Active A 
Mitsubishi Triton 2.4DI-D DC 4x4
Nissan Navara 2.5DDTi DC PRO-2X
Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 DC 4x4 Legend RS A
Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 DC 4x4 Legend RS A 
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