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Ford Everest Overview

The Ford Everest is a midsize SUV that has reached a new level of rugged capability and refinement for its mid-cycle refresh. It’s now offering a combination of stylish design, modern technology, balanced on-road and off-road capability, and the touted premium interior refinement. Because of this, the American SUV consistently retains its status as one of the Blue Oval’s best-sellers.

Known to be one of the toughest SUV in the segment, the Everest is built on a true body-on-frame chassis – matched with a 225mm ground clearance and 800mm water wading capacity, allowing it to tackle various terrains with ease. Exterior-wise, it offers a robust front end with signature LED Daytime Running Lights connected to a prominent inverted trapezoid grille that brings out a strong presence on the road. Meanwhile, the interior boasts more room for each passenger and cargo compared to its predecessor. It has more than 30 cleverly designed stowage spaces and multiple outlets for the modern family.

Powering this version of the Everest is the 2.2 liter Duratorq TDCI 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine shared with the Ranger pick up and replaces the 2.5 liter turbo diesel in the previous Everest. At 160 PS with 385 Nm of torque, the improved 2.2L TDCI actually has one of the highest specific outputs and torque ratings in the PPV category at 72.7 PS per liter displacement, as well as 175 Nm per liter of engine displacement. The 2.2L TDCI is bested only by the new 2.4L 4N15 engine in the Mitsubishi Montero Sport (75.4 PS/liter and 179 Nm/liter), as well as the Chevrolet Trailblazer for torque at (178.6 Nm/liter). Considering those figures, this turbodiesel with the 4×2 drivetrain and 6-speed automatic gearbox, this Everest is easily one of the top contenders as the pound-for-pound champ in the class.

The Everest Trend is quite light on its feet in the city, and is matched with the light steering system. The tires certainly make for a better ride overall, and the smaller wheels aren’t as worrisome as the 18-inch rolling stock on the Ford everest when you inevitably hit a pothole. The shifting of the 6-speed automatic is clean and can be quite seamless if driven with a smartly-controlled right foot. Maneuverability is also good, though the combination of the wide A-pillar and passenger side mirrors can present a challenge in tight 90-degree city streets.

Despite the size and weight, the Everest 2.2L is no slouch. Handling is quite good and there’s plenty of torque to go around if you’re going uphill. Overtaking on the uphill is easy, and braking on the downhill is likewise good. I particularly liked the braking balance of the Everest, as the big ute stays planted and stable even in emergency braking maneuvers.

Being a 4×2, it’s best to leave tricky off-roading to the 4×4’s, but the ground clearance is plenty to clear most deep puddles and rocks. And of course there’s the 800mm water wading depth, though we wouldn’t recommend that you put that to the test unnecessarily. Where the Everest 2.2L does well is fuel economy; in the city we clocked in 8.7 km/l with medium traffic, while on the highway we averaged 12.7 km/l on the highway (88 km/h average speed) with 7 passengers.