Ford Everest Trend 4WD 2017
If ever there was an SUV suited to the outback Aussie outback, Ford Everest would fit the bill. Along with a host of 4×4 ute-derived rivals such as Holden Trailblazer, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Isuzu MU-X and Toyota Fortuner, Everest offers proper ground clearance, true off-road capability and diesel reliability. let a family go to dust.
The reality, of course, is a little different, but the 4 x 4 wagon has found stability among long-haul towing travelers looking for something more practical and comfortable than the cab ute. dual.
Based on the Ranger ute platform, Everest debuted in 2015 with much fanfare – but with surprisingly high RRP. Although Ford has adjusted the price, the Everest is not as popular as its 4×4 wagon rivals. But are everyone missing out on something?
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
It’s natural to compare Everest with its siblings, Ranger and as with the others in the portfolio, both have been separated by design.
The Everest and Ranger are exactly the same as the front windshield, saving for a showy bumper that has to clean the chrome part of the blue oval.
The design is robust and well thought out, although the less US-spec bling won’t hurt.
Overall shorter than 470mm, with the corresponding shorter wheelbase and rear overhangs are also quite abrupt, giving Everest a bluffier rear end, aggravated by a large 20-inch rim and 225mm height. .
By itself, it is definitely a rough and tough off-road toy.
The interior, like the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, steps up a few steps. There is a range of different instruments, plus more stylish and car-like trim pieces, including a new dashboard with soft top, center console lid with padding and handrails.
The instrument case only has a single analog speedometer, with the digital rev counter buried in the options of the small right-hand digital display. There is a digital screen on the left that displays options like entertainment and multimedia.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
Being a big beast, the Everest is not generous in its inner size. The three can easily sit in the middle row, and there’s plenty of room for even the tallest passengers. There are two ISOFIX child restraints for outside seat positions.
The screen on the right also has an inclinometer for measuring pitch and roll, as well as digital speed, which is a welcome addition.
Although the Sync 3 system allows uploading apps that are suitable for your phone, it is not a replacement for Apple Carplay or Android Auto.
The fabric upholstery is deep and comfortable, although they are lacking side cushions. There’s a pair of USBs under the dashboard, along with two 12-volt power outlets and a multimedia touchscreen that runs Ford’s own Sync 3 system.
Sync 3 now provides compatibility with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, although the latter – as with most applications – is much less intuitive than the Apple app. The voice command system, too, although advertised as great, is actually not so, with the system requiring very special instructions to function properly.
There are many places to store bottles in Everest, including double bottle compartments at each door, a pair of cup holders in the front center, as well as in the center in the second row. There is also a cup holder for the third row.
And you can even store a 15-inch laptop in a shaped glove box.
Speaking of that third row, the two rear rows are reasonably sized and the middle row folds forward easily for relatively easy access. Again, it’s not space for an older person but it’s bigger than some of its rivals, including the Fortuner.
All seats fold down quickly and easily to reveal a large 2010-liter cargo space, although the prominent wheel arches at the rear of the Everest hinder heavy objects such as bicycles.
Just the third row of seats down shows 1050 liters of space.
Another annoying thing is the position of the seat belt; It’s too easy to fasten the straps to the seat, which means you have to remove the seat to take back the straps.
Visibility is excellent. The rear pillars are not too thick and have a large glass window in the rear three quarters.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 6/10
Trend is well equipped with features like automatic headlights and wipers, radar cruise control, lane departure assist and AEB just outside the gate, going in a certain direction to prove the 58,990 RRP is adjusted. down recently.
The aforementioned Sync 3 multimedia system can be controlled from Trend’s steering wheel, while LED lighting is available throughout the vehicle, as well as a powered tailgate.
A quick look at some of Everest’s competitors shows how its price difference is compared to some of its similarly speculated time periods – at least on paper. Holden’s most advanced LTZ is $ 52,490, Isuzu MU-X LS-U is $ 49,000 (its flagship evcen LS-T is $ 4,000 cheaper), Mitsubishi’s Pajero Sport GLS is $ 48,500 and Toyota Fortuner The GXL is $ 54,990.
Ford maintains that it competes with cars like the Toyota Prado, which we don’t necessarily agree with, given the difference in the size of the two. Like likes, the Prado is more expensive at $ 61,190 for the automatic GXL.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
The Everest uses a 3.2-liter turbocharged five-cylinder diesel engine similar to the Ranger, although different emission devices mean that while it still keeps the same torque figure of 470Nm, it 4kW reduction compared to Ranger to reach maximum power of 143kW.
All Everest variants run a six-speed automatic transmission and in the case of Trend 4×4, the full-time 4×4 system sends torque to each axle on request. The multi-mode dial can adjust the center differential settings to suit driving in sand, snow, dirt or rocks, while the Everest also has a low-range gearbox and a lockable rear differential. electronic.
With a payload of 693kg, it can carry the most devices out of all Everest ranges; In fact, almost 100kg compared to Trend 4×2.
The trend can tow 3000kg in 4 x 4 form, quite handy for caravans and small to medium sized ships. With a payload of 693kg, it can carry the most devices out of all Everest ranges; In fact, almost 100kg compared to Trend 4×2.