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Ford Everest

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Like the mountain- conquering

Making its debut in 2003, the Everest has been and still is great value for money for the larger family market. It’s a big, strong and tough enough vehicle which is eager to tackle life’s everyday challenges. How can it not, if part of its production process happens in a hard-hitting and challenging country (psst it’s right here, in Silverton, Pretoria!). So it’s built in Africa, for Africans, what more do you need? Nothing I would say, let’s find out more.

The Concept

This family SUV caters for the larger families and can accommodate up to seven family member, comfortably. Its powerful engine and heightened ground clearance means that it doesn’t shy away from some safari either- it’s more than ready to wrestle a game drive but its springy suspension and abundance of driving aids means that it also fairs well in the city.

The Look

The Everest definitely looks the part as being an adventure-seeking SUV but what I like is the fact that it’s not extravagant or boastful about it. You have a choice of alloys to choose from which gives it a hearty amount of elevation but its downplayed seeing as doesn’t have those dramatically flared wheel arches. Depth is created with small emblements such as chrome on the door handles and mirrors which contrast tastefully with sporty features such as the cheeky rear spoiler. The exterior mirrors are heated, power adjustable and houses a puddle lamp and the indicator. They also have Blind Spot Monitoring (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert. The LTD has, as standard, illuminated front graphic scuff plates, a power liftgate and towbar as well as auto high-beam control. LED headlights are enhanced with an Automatic headlamp levelling feature, automatic ON/OFF, and Daytime Running while the rear has bodyside LED stop and the vehicle gets framed of with a set of fog lights in the front as well as in the rear.

The Feel

It’s a 7 seater so it’s obvious it has  ample space for the  head, knee, foot as well as luggage department. The second row seats can recline and split 60:40 flat, while the third-row folds flat with a 50:50 split. This allows you more than 1 000-litres of cargo space! Do you know how much … that can house? There is also an eight way power-adjustable driver and passenger seats which can slide, recline, adjust for height and tilt and they’re heated! The third row doesn’t miss out on tech either as it has  a power folding feature for comfortable usage. My favourite part of the stylish cabin isn’t the leather seats, fashionable facia or even the ambient lighting, but rather the moonroof. This glass panoramic window covers almost  half of the roof space for you to clearly enjoy nature and is equipped with a  powered sunblindbar support for the driver and passenger.

The Features

On that subject, I’m absolutely in love with the Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system! It has an 8-inch touchscreen display, radio, a CD player, MP3, 10 speakers, two USB ports; Bluetooth Connectivity, Voice Control and Navigation. Its truly a family vehicle as seen simply through the infotainment system- the driver benefits from the aids, the, uhm, matured members can listen to their favourite songs with the compact disk player (that’s a CD for those who are unsure) and the youths can connect through Bluetooth and Aux.

To keep the clan safe, Ford equipped the Everest with a driver’s airbag, front passenger’s airbag, seat side airbag, curtain airbag, driver’s knee airbag, Electronic Stability Programme, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, ABS, EBD, Hill Launch Assist, Hill Descent Control, Emergency brake warning, Rollover Mitigation (ROM), Trailer Sway Control and Adaptive Load Control. Exclusive to the LTD is Lane-keeping Aid, Lane-departure Warning, Driver alert system, Blind Spot Monitoring (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert and Active Park Assist. If you’re in tuned with the news and have heard about the Everest’s popularity among thieves and tricksters, don’t worry! Ford has your back with features such as Ford MyKey, Remote entry with selective unlocking and flip key, passive keyless entry and start, childproof door locks, volumetric remote alarm system and a Thatcham security system.

Front and rear parking distance sensors with a rear-view parking camera, four 12V power points (two in the front, one in the second row and a final in the load compartment), Integrated Active Noise Control, Adaptive Cruise Control with heads-up display, forward alert, collision mitigation and distance alert, power front and rear windows with one-touch up and down, dual-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control, a rear air conditioner and heater with rear console control have all been integrated to provide you with a comfortable and convenient drive. Another feature what I like is the Global Open Close which allows you to open and close the windows and moonroof from your  key.  

The Drive

With a 2.0-litre bi turbo engine, the Everest produces 157kW of power and 500nm of torque. You would think that it being such weighted vehicle and combined with the fact that it has a ten speed automatic transmission that it would be hefty on the go-go juice but it isn’t. It consumes a claimed 7.6-litres of diesel per 100km which is fair and reasonable. This is due to intuitive technologies such as the Terrain Management System that allows you to adapt your driving mode to the terrain. To safeguard you will while roughing it out, the Everest is also enhanced with features such as the electronic locking rear differential and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). I must say that the ten speed self-shifter is well tuned and offers smooth driving seeing as the power outlet is evened out and the suspension is set up wonderfully to provide you with a good drive or tar as well as dirt roads, it’s great at absorbing imperfection, no matter the road type.

Where to find it

If this fiery Ford has caught your eye, visit www.ford.co.za to find out more about it, now!

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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler

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