Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 15 May 2017
Ford introduced the Everest model to the increasingly popular lifestyle SUV market space back in 2015. The vehicle made quite a splash and now Ford South Africa has utilised an additional R2,5 billion to expand their Silverton manufacturing plant and now Everest model is produced within our borders. The great news is that pricing has come down significantly as well as further models being added to an already extensive range.
I spent some time behind the wheel of the all-new 2.2-litre turbocharged Duratorq TDCI with its 118 kW and 385 Nm of torque all mated to the six-speed automated gearbox. In my opinion, this is definitely the sweet-spot in the Everest line-up, as it offers enough grunt, efficiency and the relaxed drive of an automatic, perfect for a lifestyle family SUV.
Imposing To Look At, Not Imposing To Drive
The Ford Everest has got to be one of the nicest looking large SUV’s on the market. It bold sculpted jawline and imposing grill make the Everest really stand out from the crowd. Despite its large imposing stature, the Everest is actually an incredibly easy vehicle to manoeuvre around congested city streets and packed car parks.
With steering which is light around town at slow speeds and nicely weighted when on the move, the Everest really is a relaxing and pleasant SUV when on the move. You almost completely forget about its large dimensions and owing to its impressive ground clearance, the Everest literally stream rolls the bumps on both road and gravel rutted surfaces.
Now featuring Ford’s Sync 3 multimedia interface, the Everest is bang up-to-date in terms of cabin tech. The system is a far departure from the already impressive Sync 2 system and offers easier access to quick launch to system applications as well as a chunkier, more rugged design interface.
The Sync 3 system also offers the ability to utilise Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (region specific), which mirrors your mobile device and allows for the use of a multitude of connected apps (including streaming internet radio & weather services).
Apart from the impressive media system, the Everest features two USB sync/charge ports and four 12-volt power sockets located through the cabin. Climate controlled air-conditioning controls are within easy reach for both the front and rear passengers.
When driving a family SUV one of the most important elements is always space. The Ford Everest does a great job of offering a proper 7-seater. The XLT model which I spent my time driving offers a really well-appointed leather covered interior, with impressive soft-touch yet rugged materials throughout.
Overall cabin ergonomics are good and the high roofline makes for an overall spacious and comfortable interior. Luggage loading capacity is vast with the Everest offering load space which is rated at 1050 litres with the third row seats folded and as much as 2010 litres with both second and third rows folded down completely flat.
The Ford Everest was first introduced in 2015 and despite Ford’s extensive model line-up the one I always wanted to see was this one (2.2-litre turbocharged diesel with auto gearbox).
Having been able to spend some extensive time behind the wheel, I am able to report that the engine is a real peach and that the vehicle remains an incredibly practical, rugged and great 7-seating family offering.
SA Pricing (At time of publish)
Comes standard with Ford Protect, including a 4-year/120 000 km comprehensive warranty, 5-year/100 000 km service plan, 3-year/unlimited km roadside assistance and 5-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty