2016 Ford Everest road test and review.
The Ford Everest is here to take over from the long-time Ford seven-seat SUV offering, the Australian-built Ford Territory.
Based on the Ford Ranger ute, the Ford Everest is a much more capable vehicle off-road than the Territory, is larger and has a more rugged feel.
That’s not to say that it is overly truck like, not at all, but it certainly isn’t anywhere near as ‘car like’ as the popular Territory is.
Priced from $54,990, the Everest range is pretty straight forward – there’s just the one engine/transmission combo on offer and then three specification levels, Ambiente, Trend and Titanium.
Powered by the same 3.2 litre diesel as the Ranger, the Everest provides you with 143kW and a hefty 470Nm, the transmission is a six-speed automatic. Off-road and on the highway is where the big Everest is most at home, the five-cylinder engine at ease either propelling the seven-seat at speed or along a rocky track.
The suspension is certainly skewed more towards comfort than handling (no great surprise) so don’t expect the big SUV to handle like a sports car, it doesn’t. Speaking of soft, I really didn’t like the brake pedal feel, I thought it was much too spongy (check it out for yourself and let us know what you think).
The steering though is very sharp, with little free-play and is nicely weighted.
Weighing in at just under 2.5 tonnes it shouldn’t shock you to know that the Everest is no ball of fire from a standing stop and overtaking is also something that needs to be done with plenty of patience. You can certainly say that this is not the quietest diesel engine either, especially when hard at work.
Fuel economy though was excellent, I averaged just 9.5L/100km, while the official combined figure is just 8.5L/100km.
The Ford Everest is a big machine and this translates to the cabin with plenty of interior room right through the three rows of seats.
Other good bits inside the Everest cabin include the Ford SYNC 2 infotainment system and a stack of standard features, including:
- Heated/electric front seats
- 240v power outlet
- Ten speaker stereo with digital radio
- Reverse camera
- Satellite navigation
- Powered tailgate
- Head up display
- Distance control cruise control
- Leather trim, leather steering wheel and leather gear knob
I should report though that I did have a few synching issues with my phone in regards to streaming music, it initially didn’t find all my songs and then later would only play for four minutes before stopping.
You could also probably make a case that in Australia, especially given the price of the Everest Titanium, that ventilated seats should be on the standard features list. Also, being a top-spec family SUV, you might expect a rear DVD/infotainment system.
Safety, however, is more than adequately covered with a full five-star ANCAP safety rating and standard active and passive safety technology in the Titanium grade such as rear cross traffic alert and forward collision warning.
If you want any paint colour other than plain red or white your Ford dealer will want an additional $500, a genuine Ford tow-bar (3,000kg capacity) is an extra $1,000.
Summing it up; I was probably a little disappointed with this new offering from Ford. The good bits include the engine, steering, off-road ability, fuel consumption and the cabin space.
The spongy brakes turned me off somewhat however and there’s certainly an argument that could be made that this top-spec Titanium variant doesn’t stack up brilliantly in terms of value against some of the competition in this lofty end of the seven-seat family SUV market.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Ford Everest Titanium
Engine: 3.2 litre turbo-diesel producing 143kW and 470Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Five stars
Price: from $76,990
For further information, please see Recalls and faults: Ford Everest.