For this weeks review, I feel like I’m on the set of the new Jurassic World movie. The Ford Ranger ‘Raptor’ you see before you here is not only menacing, it's downright wonderful. For years I have always had a soft spot for the Land Rover Defender – and I still do, but the ‘Raptor’ goes one step more in the looks department. Also, having a vehicle with the words ‘Raptor wrote down the side is pretty cool. Just as cool as the jacked-up suspension and the blacked-out windows. Plus wherever you park the ‘Raptor’, it turns heads. To be honest, I wish all vehicles of this type had funky names such as; the ‘Indominus rex’ or if we're getting really crazy here, how about some real classic Jurassic Park predators such as the ‘Tyrannosaurus’ or the ‘Velociraptor’.

Power and Efficiency:

The ‘Raptor’ version I had on test was fitted with a 2.0-litre EcoBlue - 213 PS diesel engine and a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Torque, well let’s just say it has more than enough grunt to keep you going (500Nm in fact). For those of you who want to know the combined fuel consumption? Well, let’s just say it was good (around 31.6mpg I got) Plus the brilliant thing about owning a Ford Ranger ‘Raptor’ is that it will basically tow a ship or anything else that takes your fancy. Top speed, well let's just say it will max out at around 106mph.

On the road:

Well, it’s basically a pickup truck on steroids. So it acts just like a pickup truck, and you would think it's slow – but it's not actually - and of course it feels fast because you are up so high – which means everybody else looks small. The suspension setup is lovely and it doesn't feel like a pickup at all. Actually its really refined, but still able to do all the off-road stuff you would expect a vehicle like this to do. Talking about off-road, I took the ‘Raptor’ on quick ‘field trip’ around the muddy roads and rivers where I live - and to my surprise it was brilliant. We have also had a lot of rain here recently, but that did not stop the ‘Raptor’ making its way through enough mud that would make even a Land Rover Defender think twice.

Interior & Technology:

The inside was kitted out very well, and here are some of the features you can expect to get as standard on the Ford Ranger ‘Raptor including; Unique 17" alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres, Unique Raptor front grille, Widened front and rear wheel arches with150 mm wider track, Aerodynamic sports hoop with integrated load box illumination, Unique front and rear bumpers, Front aluminium skid plate, FOX Pro shock absorbers with position-sensitive damping, Front and rear ventilated disc brakes, Four off-road tow hooks, Strengthened alloy side steps, Loadbox roller shutter and carry bars. Plus; Unique Raptor suede trim with heated and power-adjustable seats, Unique perforated leather sports steering wheel with centre marker and Raptor logo, Unique instrument panel cluster, Terrain Management System with six selectable drive modes, FordPass Connect onboard modem, SYNC 3 with 8" Touchscreen and Navigation.

I can also tell you that the inside does not feel cheaply made either and you get plenty of toys to play with and all the controls are set out nicely with many of the buttons and switches having a quality feel. Even the seating is brilliant and nothing like you would expect from a car with the words ‘workhorse’ in mind.

To sum up:

I really was impressed by the new Ford Raptor, yes it may look like a Pop Star’s 4X4 –but I’m telling you now – the new Raptor is the real deal – it’s a real ‘workhorse’ Buy it now!

Price inc. VAT £47,874 (from)

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