TOP 12 WINNER DOUBLE-CAB BAKKIE: FORD RANGER

The biggest development in the double-cab market since the Ford Ranger defended its title in last year’s Top 12 Best Buys was the introduction of the Isuzu KB range. With a supple ride quality – a long-standing attribute of the KB – a focus on mechanical robustness through General Motors’ local development programme and much-modernised cabin, the Isuzu is greatly improved. However, in CAR’s double-cab shootout, which appeared in the May 2013 issue and also featured the Foton Tunland newcomer, as well as subsequent road tests, it became apparent that the KB has not revolutionised the segment, merely garnished it. Therefore, the Ranger’s impressive drivetrains (which include 2,2 and 3,2-litre turbodiesels as well as an entry-level 2,5-litre petrol), its well-specced and spacious interior, as well as a good blend between on-road refinement/off-road capability, remain class leading. The wide range of models is backed by four-year warranties and five-year service plans from new.

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