THE Ford Ranger is a popular leisure bakkie that continues to rock the double-cab segment.

SunWheels drove the updated 2.0L bi-turbodiesel 4x4 automatic XLS derivative of the Ranger, built locally at the Silverton facility in Pretoria.

It packs 132kW of power and 420Nm of torque, making it slightly less powerful than the 147kW, 470Nm 3.2K, 5-cylinder and new 157kW, 500Nm 2.0L bi-turbo units.

The test unit was a pleasant drive, thanks to the 10-speed transmission.

As for fuel efficiency, it was an impressive 8L/100km.

Not bad for a car this size.

The revised suspension does a great job to smooth out even the roughest terrain.

Pity the lockdown period to curb the spread of COVID-19 prevented SunWheels from putting the Ranger through its paces on the 4x4 trails.

Its terrain control system allows the driver to switch between several driving modes, including 2H for tar, 4H for gravel and 4L for muddy and sandy ground.

The interior features a SYNC3 touchscreen infotainment system with bluetooth connectivity, voice control, navigation and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The Ford Ranger 2.0L 4x4 XLS Automatic is priced from R582 700 and comes with a four-year/120 000km warranty and six-year/90 000km service plan.