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I headed to Morocco as part of my 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor review, having attended the European launch event. Here’s my ‘first drive’ verdict on the pick-up.

When a company calls something ‘badass’, it’s usually not. In fact, any self-dosed hyperbole tends to end badly except, that is, in the case of the Sega Mega Drive.

And now it seems another exception has come along in the form of the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor, which is Ford Australia’s interpretation of a pick-up truck. One designed to be driven off-road like a madman.

Ford was kind enough to invite me along to the European launch, which meant I was among some of the first in the world to drive it up, down and over Morocco’s numerous sand dunes, rocky paths (known there as roads) and generally chuck it about. The good news is that it survived.

In fact, the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor proved rather comfortable as I talk about in the video. It’s even quiet, refined and just as happy on the road as off it, although it’s by no means a nimble beast.

All is not quite perfect in hyper pick-up town, it must be said, but I’m rather glad Ford made such a beast for the UK market. It’s brash and unashamedly ridiculous in most areas, yet palatable for normal living.

Watch the video to see my verdict and feel free to let me know what you about the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor think in the comments. You could also check out my written review, some scribblings on DriveTribe and, if feeling particularly generous, my YouTube channel.

Behind the Scenes

This was a chaotic schedule so time to spend recording my driving impressions in front of the camera was limited. Plus the roads were incredibly unforgiving for most of the journey and I could only take a single suction mount, which made the wobbling even more wobbly.

Luckily, though, the Sony A7RII’s image stabilisation and my Sony FE 28mm F2.0 lens kept me in focus most of the time. It was also a bright but somewhat cloudy day, which kept harsh lighting and shadows to a minimum. Being relatively quiet inside meant there was also not much need to try and boost the audio levels.

Ideally it would have been great to chuck in more action shots, but unfortunately I only had a limited time and I wasted a lot of it filming camels. Live and learn, hey.

You can purchase any or all of the camera equipment I used to film my 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor review using the following Amazon Affiliate links. Do so and I receive a very small amount from the sale at absolutely NO cost to you. Every little helps me maintain A Tribe Called Cars.

About The Author


Ben Griffin is a motoring journalist and founder of the website and YouTube channel, A Tribe Called Cars. He is also a contributor at DriveTribe.

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