Ford Ranger V6 Vs 2.0 Bi Turbo Comparison: Which One Is Best?

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Published 14 June 2024

When picking a new generation Ford Ranger it can be hard to know what option will suit you best. The New Ford Ranger comes in 5 diesel models, with two different diesel engine sizes, the 3.0 V6 turbo diesel or the 2.0 4-cylinder Bi-turbo Diesel.

Let’s break down the two models to see which one is the best.

Ford Ranger 3.0 V6 Turbo Diesel

The Ford Ranger 3.0 V6 Diesel is Ford’s flagship Ranger engine, offered exclusively in the Ford Ranger Wildtrak. Additional features include a more powerful 184 kW/247 hp V6 diesel engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission driven by full-time 4WD, facelifted body styling, a top-of-the-range interior with full leather upholstery, a larger touchscreen, heated and cooled seats, larger wheels, wireless charging, and more.

Engine and Performance:

  • Equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine, producing around 247 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The V6 is offered in only one drivetrain option, Full-time 4WD.

Towing and Payload Capacity:

  • Capable of towing up to 3,500 kg (7,716 lbs) and handling a payload of around 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs).

Fuel Efficiency:

  • Offers improved fuel efficiency compared to older V6 models but generally consumes more fuel than the 2.0 Bi-Turbo due to its larger engine size.

Off-Road Capability:

  • Available in 4×4 configurations with enhanced off-road features such as electronic locking rear differential, off-road suspension, and terrain management systems.

Safety and Technology:

  • Equipped with modern safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and emergency braking, along with advanced technology like a digital instrument cluster and large touchscreen display.

Interior and Design:

  • Boasts a bold and rugged exterior design with a comfortable, feature-rich interior including advanced infotainment systems and premium materials.

Ford Ranger 2.0 Bi-turbo 4-cylinder Diesel

The Ford Ranger 2.0 4-cylinder Diesel is available in Ford’s XL, XLT, Sport, Tremor, and Wildtrak models. The XL and XLT are more stripped-down versions of the Sport, Tremor, and Wildtrak models, usually offering a simplified interior package. All models include the more fuel-efficient 157 kW/210 hp straight-4 diesel engine, adaptive cruise control, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto found on the V6 Wildtrak.

Engine and Performance:

  • Features a 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine, producing around 210 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque, also paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-litre is offered in 3 different drivetrain options, 4×2, Part-time 4×4 and Full-time 4WD.

Towing and Payload Capacity:

  • Similarly capable of towing up to 3,500 kg (7,716 lbs) with a slightly lower payload capacity around 960 kg (2,116 lbs).

Fuel Efficiency:

  • Typically more fuel-efficient than the V6, making it a better option for those prioritizing fuel economy.

Off-Road Capability:

  • Also available in 4×4 configurations with similar off-road capabilities, though the V6 might offer slightly better performance in extreme conditions due to its higher torque.

Safety and Technology:

  • Includes the same suite of advanced safety and technology features, ensuring both models are on par in this regard.

Interior and Design:

  • Shares the same exterior and interior design elements, ensuring a similar aesthetic and comfort level in both models.

The Ford Ranger 2.0 Bi-Turbo offers better fuel efficiency and is suitable for everyday use, while the V6 Diesel provides superior power and towing capacity. For New Zealand’s diverse terrain, the V6 is ideal for off-road and heavy-duty tasks, whereas the Bi-Turbo is better for urban and mixed driving.

Both models feature Ford’s latest tech and safety systems, but the V6 comes with more premium options. Prices for the V6 start around NZD $75,000, whereas the 2.0 Bi-Turbo starts at about NZD $65,000.

V6 vs 2.0 Bi-turbo Comparison Table

FeatureFord Ranger V6Ford Ranger 2.0 Bi-Turbo
Engine3.0-litre turbo diesel2.0-litre Bi-turbo diesel
Power184 kW157 kW
Torque600 Nm500 Nm
Fuel Efficiency9-10 L/100 km7-8 L/100 km
Towing Capacity3,500 kg3,200 kg
Starting PriceNZD $75,000NZD $65,000
Ford Ranger V6 3.0 Vs. Ford Ranger 2.0 Bi-turbo

Want to learn about the differences between all Ranger models? Check out our in-depth comparison below!