What’s the Ford Everest like inside?
The basic Ford Everest Trend makes do with a 10.1-iinch infotainment touchscreen. That’s not bad, but nowhere near as dramatic as the 12.0-inch display found in the higher-specified versions.
It also makes do with hard plastics on the upper door trims, a glovebox that lacks the slow-drop damping found in more expensive variants and a manually operated tailgate (yes, you have to pull it up and push it down). The default driver’s display is an 8.0-inch digital unit. Buyers also have to pay $950 to add the third-row seats.
The Trend adds rear tinted glass, powered driver’s seat, a leather steering wheel a secondary glove box (in lieu of an open shelf) and a powered tailgate.
Sport models include leather-accented front seats with powered, heated and ventilated functions and a 10-speaker sound system.
Finally, the Platinum includes quilted seats, with the outboard second row gaining heaters, heated steering wheel, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, 12.4-inch driver’s display and semi-automated parking, power-folding third-row seats, along with a 360-degree camera.
Boot space is 249 litres with all three rows in use. If you’re not using the third row, Ford has an innovative floorboard panel that can be raised to create in internal barrier to stop objects from sliding around. It involves lifting a panel and fitting braces, but is smart nonetheless.
What’s under the Ford Everest’s bonnet?
Ford Everest Ambiente and Trend are powered by Ford’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine.
It is a proven mill, having seen service in the previous generation Ford Everest and Ranger.
Outputs of 154kW and 500Nm ensures it will deal with the Everest’s 3.5-tonne towing capacity. Note that the gross vehicle mass means payload (if you’re hauling maximum weight) is just 491kg for the Ambiente, given a kerb weight of 2259kg and a gross combined payload of 6250kg. That’s not a lot of bodies, when you subtract the 350kg of towball download mass from the payload figure.
Ford (as with most car manufacturers) quotes a payload of 741kg for the Ambiente, based on the gross tare mass of 2199kg.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Platinum will carry a (Ford claimed) 658kg based on tare mass, or 491kg on kerb mass.
Is the Ford Everest efficient?
The rated claimed combined fuel use for the Ford Everest Ambiente and Trend 4WD is 7.2 litres over 100km, rising to 8.3 litres/100km in the urban cycle, using that 2.0-litre diesel.
Move up to the V6-propelled Sport/Platinum and the figures are 8.5 litres/100km on the combined cycle and 10.2 litres/100km around town.
Those figures are pretty good for a vehicle well over two tonnes with this level of acceleration.