The Car
ford-EverestThe Ford Everest is a 7-seater SUV that is fast becoming one of its more popular models here. We find that the Everest classes like a utility truck, but with a lot more capacity for cargo and passengers. You’ll find that it feels like the other popular vehicle in Ford’s range, but with a bit of a shorter body length and wheel base, the Everest is less foreboding and comes off a bit more friendly to families.

The Everest comes with a pretty decent standard kit – cloth seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights, roof rails, and a rear-view camera with sensors along with other technology like active noise cancellation and cruise control. There are also seven airbags, stability and traction control, hill-descent and ascent control as well as Bluetooth and a SYNC 2 voice command system by Ford.

While that might seem impressive, it seems that climate-control, power tailgate and sat nav are missing from the standard kid, as are seats that are heated and powered. Some technology that you’ll find missing too are the forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, driver fatigue warning, blind-spot sensor, rear cross-traffic alert, keep-your-distance cruise control and the auto parking. Fortunately you can opt for these at the higher tiers, for a price of course.

The Drive
On a smaller body frame than the Ranger, you’ll find that the Ford Everest is quieter and smoother since it was changed to meet the needs of a family. There is still a bit of sound when the car is travelling at a slower speed, but it isn’t something that you would find overpowering in the cabin. There is a good balance of dampers on the suspension, you’ll also find that in the rear the vehicle manages to keep its butt down and help you manage the bigger bumps and sharper turns.

And you can tell the vehicle has its origins in being a workhorse too – it can really pull its weight. With statistics that give you maximum torque at 1750rpm, you can do pull quite a bit if you needed to – just under 2500kg. The electric steering is a good addition as well and you don’t need to be too heavy handed to control the car. The car is easy enough to drive through city areas, and with an 11.7 metre turning radius, it’s not too difficult to park.

The Interior
As a seven-seaters, there is plenty of room in the car. Passengers won’t have anything to complain about either since legroom and headroom when the chairs are in place are generous. Moving those seats around are pretty easy as the centre row seats can slide and adjust to minimise shuffling around when everyone is getting in. And you’ll be extremely surprised at how flat those seats can go to give you that big warehouse in the back too. You can get up to 1060 litres with the 3rd row down and a whopping 2010 litres when you flatten out all the passenger seats.

In terms of finishings, it’s not bleak, but neither does it look too shabby. The seats are upholstered in cloth and are supportive enough, for all the rows in the car. At the same time, you’ll get lots of other storage places scattered through the car – which is wonderful if you’ve got kids who are bringing tiny things into the car with them.

You won’t have to complain about space with the Ford Everest because it definitely caters for that. Couple it with the power and control for both on and off road experience and you’ve got a great all-rounded family vehicle. But it may be expensive at the base level and not all people will like how the car drives, so be careful when you are looking through car financing deals for this vehicle, especially if you need some extra frills to be installed.