The SUV market has seriously upped its game over recent years, and there is so much that we love about so many different models out there, mainly the Swedish and American offerings. When it comes to unbelievable comfort there is nothing that rivals the American Ford Explorer. In terms of manoeuvrability, well, the Ford EcoSport steals the show. As for serving the off-roading needs of all petrolheads, that award goes to the F-150 Raptor, no hesitation needed. That is where the 2017 Everest excels because it stands proudly in the centre of these three, it’s abilities overlapping with the others as it takes the very best of what they have to offer, making it the perfect SUV for any Family-Man that refuses to relinquish his love of cars just yet.
On paper, this thing has it all. It has a diesel engine that is absolutely excellent, seven seats to satisfy even the biggest of families comes with plenty of driving options that range from dual-range to 4WD and, best of all, it is more than capable of handling all road conditions, comfortably too.
Basically, this is the ideal beast for any bush-trekking family, and here is why:
There Is Very Little To Complain About
Okay, so maybe you would prefer to have a little bit more choice. After all, the Ford Everest doesn’t allow you to choose a manual gearbox or a petrol engine or a different body style. It’s a five-door, seven-seater, automatic diesel or nothing. This may not sound very 2017 but we quite like the fact they are offering their optimum car. Anyone who has ever been to a good restaurant will know just how frustrating choice can be. Wouldn’t it be so much better if we went to a restaurant and the chef just said, “this is the best dish we do, and it is delicious.” Well, that is what the Everest is. The only other little complaint you may get is from any kids that are sitting in the very back seats -the third tier shall we say – all though that is so far from the cockpit you may not hear them, which makes it fine.
The Standard Features Are Excellent
These days, car comfort is all about features and what is offered in the way of tech. Well, the Everest is just as epic on this front as all other Ford’s. We’re talking DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and voice control through the Sync3 multimedia system, with 10 speakers dotted around to provide some serious sound.
Of course, it also has a giant touchscreen that you can enjoy controlling your multimedia from, which supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, something special if you’ve never experienced it before. Then there are the other fantastic features that include automatic headlights, cruise control, rearview cameras, charging points for all sorts of gadgets, traction control, trailer-sway control and loads more. Best of all, though, it comes with a three-year warranty. Winner.
What Life With That Engine Is Like
Like we have already mentioned before, the Everest only comes with one engine option; a 3.2 litre, five-cylinder turbodiesel. To put it bluntly, it is a wonderful engine to have under the hood, using less than nine litres of fuel over 100km, according to government fuel-testing that is. In real life, this is closer to eleven, but this depends on how you drive and what road you are driving on. It isn’t just the engine that makes the Everest’s driving performance so effortless, though, it is also the six-speed gearbox that will offer a smooth ride. If we were to try and find any flaws in this side of things, we would maybe say the engine is a little noisy (which is always the case with a diesel) and that it could perhaps do with a touch more overtaking oomph, but that is us clutching at straws in all honesty.
Upgrades To Be Wary Of
We haven’t got time to go through all the optional upgrades, most of which are well-worth looking at. So instead of naming all of the best ones we thought we would look at it from the opposite angle and let you know which ones to be wary of; the wheels. To put it as simply as possible, the 18-inch and 20-inch alloys just don’t offer the same level of comfort as the 17-inch ones that come as standard. It just isn’t as smooth. Not just that but the tyres cost a noticeable amount more to replace as well, which will get annoying because the 20-inch tyres are that much more prone to damage when you take this off-road lover off-road. That’s what you want to know about right? The offroading? And that is the truth. The bigger wheels don’t allow you to be as awesome on sand and mud, which is partly to do with the traction offered when you let the tyre pressure down a bit.
Comfort Is Key For A Family
Space, width, airy and roomy; these are all words that will become synonymous with your Everest should you decide to get one. It’s not just about the space offered in the cabin, though, it is also about the sleek and modern design (this car loves faux-metal). As for the comfort offered in the driver’s seat, yes, it is a winner. However, this is primed for driving on the road, with the vision not quite as good for off-roading thanks to your lower and further back positioning.
Steering wise, this thing is as comfortable as it gets. The power steering makes parking so easy because the steering is so light, something doesn’t affect road speeds because the steering tightens up the faster you go.
Life in the back is really decent too. Okay, so having three adults in the back may be a little squashed, but having two adults and a child or three children would be no issues whatsoever. What’s more, those in the second-row also get to control the climate control at their own leisure. The third-row is where things will get a little more tight, with kids being perfectly fine but teenagers maybe not so much so, at least in terms of legroom. In terms of height, which is something all new parents needing to lift car seats in and out will want to know about, the height is good. Period.
Petrolheads Like Driving, So How About It?
To give it to you straight, the Everest is better suited to petrolheads than most – if not all – of its competitors. Take the steering, for example, an area that ute-based SUVs have traditionally struggled with. Well, the steering is super responsive, while the car doesn’t struggle with excessive body roll, which will be music to a lot of ears we are sure.
Unfortunately, due to the solid axle at the rear of the car, your ride may not be as smooth on the off-road as you may like. However, don’t let that put you off because its secret weapon is its ruggedness. The Everest is the product of some seriously tough and stout build quality, and that allows it to enjoy some of the bigger bumps and hits so much more than other SUVs, while it also allows you to take on longer stretches of troublesome road with that much more confidence. This thing knows how to handle changing conditions too, whether that be dry to wet or road to dust to ice. It is a natural in that sense and there is very little fiddling about with the settings needed.
So, onto the all important matter of speed. Well, on the highway, this thing is not just smooth and effortless, it also packs a lot of punch in the lower and middle engine speeds. Of course, it is a diesel, and that means this speed can plateau at high speeds, which affects the overtaking abilities more than anything.
Packing The Car For A Trip Away
If you’re a family man then you will want to know what this beast is like at carrying stuff and how effectively it runs. To hit the high points first, the flexibility in this car is superb. The rear seats fold down individually, which is a handy feature to have, while the second-row seats have what Ford call a 60/40 split you can utilise, allowing you to work to your needs depending on what you are trying to fit. The other advantage this has over the other seven-seater SUVs in this class is space behind the rear seats when they are still upright.
The other way this car excels in its power-assisted help. For example, the boot is power-operated, which helps when you are trying to load and unload, while the rear seats are power-assisted too. It is also good when it comes to towing. We mentioned the towing-assist feature (always nice to have), but it also boasts a towing capacity of 3000kg, which means it is just as good as its major competitors. In terms of what can you tow at this weight, we’re talking a horsebox with two horses in, a large boat or a caravan. Mmmmm hmm, it’s good.