The final Ford Everest got here late within the Ranger’s life. This time round, Ford hasn’t dawdled.

The new Ranger ute has barely hit Australian showrooms, and already the seven-seat Everest is available to supply all the identical off-road functionality in a physique with area for seven.

Like the Ranger, it packs a more durable new look on the surface and, just like the Ranger, its inside is brimming with the kind of know-how that will as soon as have been unimaginable in a automobile with industrial roots.

There’s V6 turbo-diesel energy now for individuals who need extra grunt, and a refined tackle the prevailing 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel for many who don’t.

Ford is casting the online vast with the brand new Everest. At the underside finish of the vary, it must tackle extra budget-oriented body-on-frame four-wheel drives just like the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

Mid-range fashions are aimed on the ever-popular Isuzu MU-X, whereas the range-topping Platinum strains up neatly with the favored however ageing Toyota LandCruiser Prado.

That’s no small ask. Is the Everest as much as the duty, or does it have a mountain to climb?

How a lot does the Ford Everest price?

The Ford Everest vary kicks off at $52,990 earlier than on-road prices, and extends to $77,690 earlier than on-roads for the flagship Platinum 4×4.

At the underside finish, that aligns the most affordable Everest with a Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GLS 4WD ($54,190) or base Isuzu MU-X LS-M ($48,900 to $54,900).

The mid-range Trend 4×4 is priced according to the range-topping MU-X LS-T 4×4 ($67,400 record, or $65,990 drive-away).

At the highest finish, the Platinum sits alongside the mid-range Toyota Prado VX ($76,348). In the previous, the thought of a ute-based SUV taking over the extra purpose-built Prado might need appeared fanciful, however the Everest has greater than sufficient methods up its sleeve to make an impression.

2023 Ford Everest pricing:

  • Ford Everest Ambiente 4×2 5-seat: $52,990
  • Ford Everest Ambiente 4×4 5-seat: $57,990
  • Ford Everest Trend 4×2: $60,290
  • Ford Everest Trend 4×4: $65,290
  • Ford Everest Sport 4×4: $69,090
  • Ford Everest Platinum 4×4: $77,690

All costs embody luxurious automobile tax if relevant, however exclude on-road prices

What is the Ford Everest like on the within?

Forward of the second row, you’d be arduous pressed to separate the Everest from the Ranger. That’s largely a superb factor.

Although not everybody will love the upright design and utilitarian plastics, the Everest runs the identical class-leading infotainment setup as its ute sibling throughout the vary. The base Ambiente contains a 10-inch vertical show, whereas the Trend and up get a 12-inch show working the newest Sync 4 software program.

The software program seems to be and feels very trendy, and Ford has retained some bodily buttons for frequently-used local weather features, so it’s simple to fiddle with the temperature on the transfer.

The menu construction is logical, and the sheer quantity of display actual property means key info isn’t buried. It’s attainable to have your mapping, radio preferences, and local weather info on show suddenly, for instance.

Wireless Apple CarPlay linked flawlessly for us, though it drains the battery quickly with no wi-fi charger.

A bit extra processing energy nonetheless wouldn’t go astray although; the display typically lags while you’re hopping between features.

Most of the vary shares its digital instrument cluster with the Ranger. It’s a easy, efficient unit, nevertheless it’s not fairly as flashy because the 12.4-inch unit customary within the Platinum.

Although it nonetheless gained’t present you maps, it permits a larger vary of shows and options extra polished graphics than the remainder of the vary.

With a tilting and telescoping wheel, well-padded seats that accomodate tall drivers, and loads of storage up entrance, the Everest is well one of the best 4×4 of its variety on the market in case you’re planning to spend lengthy stints on the freeway – a minimum of, earlier than you get into the LandCruiser realm.

Ambiente fashions function tender material trim on the seats, whereas the Trend will get leather-accented seats. The Sport will get a extra upmarket design, whereas the Platinum options plush-feeling quilted seat trim as customary.

The Platinum additionally features fake wooden trim, ambient lighting, and further stitching particulars to raise it above the remainder of the vary.

Material high quality is mostly good, though there’s no escaping the very fact this fundamental inside design serves in all the pieces from the Ranger XL to the Everest Platinum.

Anywhere you relaxation your elbow is tender throughout the vary, and the chubby steering wheel feels good range-wide, however a number of the plastics within the Platinum aren’t fairly befitting of its price ticket.

There are some awkward lower strains and joins that are simpler to simply accept within the extra workmanlike Ranger than the Everest.

Storage area across the cabin is plentiful. The central bin is deep, the door pockets have loads of room, there are two cupholders on the transmission tunnel, and the slot beneath the dashboard is large.

The slot forward of the gear selector is ideal for a big McDonalds fries – no chip disaster right here.

The Everest options an higher glove field along with the common glove field. There are additionally pop-out cupholders on every finish of the sprint. Both of those are options extra generally seen in utes than in SUVs.

Step into the second row and there’s loads of room, plus a pair of USB shops.

The barely raised seating place will assist quell illness by affording brief occupants a good view out the entrance, and the tall home windows imply it’s a light-weight, ethereal place to spend time. There are three top-tether mounts within the second row, and two within the third, in addition to ISOFIX anchors on the outboard second-row seats.

Headroom in non-sunroof geared up automobiles is fairly good for tall passengers, though the tunnel (which homes the air vents) working via the centre of the roof does eat into area for the central occupant.

With its sunroof, the range-topping Platinum has the least headroom of any mannequin within the vary.

Where the Everest’s boxy new styling has most paid dividends is within the third row. There’s much less wheel arch intrusion than earlier than, which frees up more room for occupants, and headroom is beneficiant sufficient to accomodate small adults.

Access is comparatively simple with the second row slid ahead and folded, and the sliding bench means you’ll be able to release extra legroom for third-row occupants by barely compromising that of individuals within the second row.

There are vents again there, together with 12V ports. The huge home windows imply third-row passengers gained’t really feel like third-world residents, and the curtain airbags cowl all three rows of seating.

Behind the third row, there’s 259L of cargo area, increasing to 898L with it folded and 1823L with the second row folded. With all three rows up, you’ll be able to match both two duffel luggage or maybe one suitcase, relying on its measurement.

What’s beneath the bonnet?

The new Ford Everest is offered with two turbo-diesel engines. The entry-level choice is a 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo four-cylinder, mated with both rear-wheel drive or full-time-capable four-wheel drive.

It’s provided on the Ambiente and Trend, and is shared with the closely-related Ranger ute. Compared to the equal engine within the final Everest, it options new injectors, cooling followers, a brand new engine cowl, new seals, and a bunch of calibration modifications.

Peak energy is 154kW, and peak torque is 500Nm. It’s mated to a 10-speed computerized transmission as customary, and drive is shipped to all 4 wheels via a full-time four-wheel drive system – besides in 4×2 fashions, that are rear-wheel drive.

Standard on the Sport and Platinum is a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine, producing 184kW and 600Nm. It’s additionally mated to a 10-speed computerized transmission, with drive despatched completely via a full-time four-wheel drive system.

Claimed gas economic system:

  • Ambiente 4×2: 7.1 litres per 100km
  • Ambiente 4×4: 7.2 litres per 100km
  • Trend 4×2: 7.1 litres per 100km
  • Trend 4×4: 7.2 litres per 100km
  • Sport 4×4: 8.5 litres per 100km
  • Platinum 4×4: 8.5 litres per 100km

The entire vary options an 80L gas tank, though aftermarket specialist ARB provides a long-range unit as properly.

As with the Ranger, Ford has additionally left area beneath the bonnet for a second battery to energy aftermarket equipment.

How does the Ford Everest drive?

The final Everest did a superb job hiding its ute-based origins, however the brand new one is a step (or two) higher once more.

Ford has added further sound deadening beneath the physique, and tweaked the ladder body relative to the Ranger to replicate the very fact it is a less-rugged, extra family-oriented automobile. Of course, it additionally has a distinct wheelbase to the Ranger, and rides on a coil-sprung rear suspension with a Watt’s Link as an alternative of leaf springs.

Ride high quality is spectacular throughout the vary. At decrease speeds, you don’t really feel small, high-frequency bumps shuddering via the body such as you typically do in ute-based four-wheel drives, and at excessive speeds it feels impressively tied-down.

Although it’s not fairly on par with a monocoque crossover for refinement, the truck-like nature that has historically characterised off-road succesful household haulers has been buried beneath layers of cotton wool right here.

The base Ambiente on its smaller wheels is essentially the most compliant; the Trend on 18s remains to be very spectacular. The Sport comes with 20s customary and the Platinum options 21s, and the trip on each remains to be first rate. We’d be choosing the off-road package deal with its 18-inch wheels if trip high quality is the principle precedence.

The identical serving to of refinement has been utilized to the powertrains. Although the V6 is the flagship, and the automobile we’ve most wished to drive, the Bi-Turbo and its 10-speed computerized have been up to date for 2022.

There’s a touch of diesel chug at idle, and it sounds a bit agricultural while you actually lean on the throttle, however vibrations are saved properly in verify, and the smaller engine nonetheless provides a good shove within the again. With 500Nm on faucet it’s among the many class leaders for torque, and the up to date computerized transmission isn’t practically as busy as earlier than.

Although it nonetheless often hunts for gears, it doesn’t always really feel as if it’s caught in two minds about what it desires to do. It’s a superb powertrain, particularly contemplating it’s the entry-level choice right here.

The turbocharged V6 – unique to the Sport and Platinum – is the spotlight. With an additional 1000cc of displacement, 30kW of energy, and 100Nm of torque, it feels easy in a means the Bi-Turbo doesn’t.

It provides a satisfying surge of efficiency from beneath 2000rpm while you lean on the accelerator, and higher in-gear response at freeway speeds. It doesn’t have to work as arduous, and when you’ll want to dig deep you’re instantly conscious there’s a better ceiling on what it may well do.

The 10-speed computerized doesn’t shuffle from gear-to-gear as a lot right here because it does when paired with the smaller engine.

There’s little doubt the Bi-Turbo will fortunately tow, however the efficiency on provide within the Sport and Platinum will endear it to individuals who reside life with a heavy trailer hitched to their automobile. It additionally helps justify what are premium value tags on the 2 Everest range-toppers.

On the open highway, the brand new Everest impresses with its refinement. Ford talked at size in regards to the focus it positioned on chopping down on undesirable noise within the cabin, and there’s no query it’s paid off.

At 100km/h on rural Queensland highways it’s attainable to have a dialog between rows one and two with out straining or elevating your voice, and from the entrance seats it’s clear how a lot effort has gone into maintaining wind and tyre roar at bay.

The lane-keep help retains you between the white strains on the freeway and holds the automobile properly in its lane in tough situations, and the adaptive cruise management is easy and good. It’s simple to see homeowners having fun with loads of low-stress kilometres on the freeway.

If the highway does get twisty, you’ll discover how a lot better the steering is within the Everest than earlier than. It feels a bit heavier and an entire lot extra direct, inspiring confidence in a means none of its ute-based rivals can match.

The dealing with is surprisingly good, too. Rather than instantly falling over its outdoors entrance wheel, the Everest all the time felt planted with physique roll well-controlled for a automobile of this measurement and kind.

Regardless of which engine you go for, Everest 4×4 fashions function a selection of 2H, 4H, and 4L modes, together with a 4A mode that gives full-time four-wheel drive on sealed surfaces.

Switching between the four-wheel drive modes is straightforward, and there are many clear indicators as to what’s taking place beneath the pores and skin so nervous off-roaders gained’t be caught within the unsuitable setting.

The Everest glided via our off-road course. It has 226mm of floor clearance in Sport trim, with a wading depth of 800mm.

Approach, departure and breakover angles are 30.2, 25 and 21.9 levels, respectively, and there’s a locking rear differential for rougher stuff. Also customary is a well-calibrated hill descent management.

The surround-view digicam, a part of a $1950 Touring Pack, is value the price of admission. It permits you to depart the entrance digicam on whilst you’re off-roading, and presents a high-resolution view of the path forward that includes tips. Even with out it, the bluff entrance finish is kind of simple to position.

There are Slippery, Mud/Ruts and Sand drive modes for off-roading, whereas an off-road info display shows information just like the steering angle and automobile pitch and roll angles.

If you’re towing, the optionally available Tow Pack brings with it an built-in trailer brake controller, with a trailer gentle verify operate and connection guidelines within the FordMove app.

The app additionally permits you to remotely lock, unlock and begin the automobile, amongst different features enabled by the on-board modem.

What do you get?

Everest Ambiente highlights:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • All-season tyres
  • 17-inch metal spare wheel
  • LED reflector headlights
  • C-Shaped LED daytime working lights
  • Front fog lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Black aspect steps
  • Auto power-folding aspect mirrors
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Two entrance tow hooks
  • Steel underbody safety (4×4 mannequin solely)
  • 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 10.1-inch Sync4 touchscreen infotainment system
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Embedded modem
  • Wireless cellphone charger
  • 8-speaker sound system
  • Satellite navigation
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • Embedded voice assistant
  • FordMove with distant begin
  • Dual-zone local weather management
  • 5 seats (7 seats optionally available, $1700)
  • Fabric upholstery
  • 8-way guide driver seat adjustment
  • 4-way guide entrance passenger seat adjustment
  • Driver ground mat
  • Electrochromic rear-view mirror
  • Dash-mounted pull-out cupholders
  • Open storage shelf
  • Tilt and attain steering wheel adjustment
  • Keyless entry with push-button begin
  • Vinyl console lid
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Conventional mechanical gear shifter (4×2 solely)
  • e-Shifter gear shifter (4×4 solely)
  • Locking rear differential (4×4 solely)
  • Push-button selectable drive modes

Ambiente 18-inch Alloy Wheel Pack (4×4 solely): $1100

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • All-terrain tyres
  • Alloy spare wheel

Everest Trend provides:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with matching spare
  • Privacy glass
  • Power tailgate
  • Heated, power-folding aspect mirrors with puddle lamps
  • 12-inch Sync 4 touchscreen infotainment display
  • Seven seats
  • Leather-accented upholstery
  • 8-way energy driver seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Driver and passenger ground mats
  • Upper glove field
  • Off-road display (4×4 fashions solely)
  • Rotary drive mode selector (4×4 fashions solely)
  • Sand, Mud/Ruts drive modes

Trend 18-inch All-Terrain Tyre Pack (4×4 fashions): $500

Premium Seat Pack (Trend): $900

  • Heated and cooled entrance seats
  • 10-way energy driver seat with reminiscence
  • 8-way entrance energy passenger seat

Everest Sport provides:

  • 20-inch black alloy wheels with matching spare
  • Black exterior accents
  • Handsfree energy tailgate
  • Black 3D bonnet lettering
  • 10-speaker sound system
  • Unique leather-accented upholstery with ‘SPORT’ embossing
  • Unique inside color accents
  • 10-way energy driver seat with reminiscence
  • 8-way energy passenger seat
  • Heated and cooled entrance seats

Touring Pack  (Trend 4×4 and Sport): $1950

  • Surround-view cameras
  • Zone lighting
  • Tow bar with built-in brake controller

Everest Platinum provides:

  • 21-inch alloy wheels with matching spare
  • Satin chrome exterior accents
  • Matrix LED headlights with auto-levelling
  • Dual-panel energy panoramic roof
  • Silver roof rails
  • Zone lighting
  • Plastic underbody safety
  • 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 12-speaker B&O premium sound system
  • Surround-view digicam
  • Active park help
  • Tyre stress monitoring
  • Satin chrome inside accents
  • Leather-accented quilted upholstery
  • Heated second row seats
  • Power-folding third row seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Premium entrance and rear ground mats
  • Interior ambient lighting

Is the Ford Everest secure?

The Ford Everest earned a five-star ANCAP security score on the again of an 86 per cent rating for grownup occupant safety, a 93 per cent rating for little one occupant safety, a 74 per cent rating for weak highway consumer safety, and an 86 per cent security help rating.

The five-star score applies to the entire Everest vary, and relies on assessments carried out on the intently associated Ford Ranger ute.

Standard security tools consists of:

  • 9 airbags
  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
  • Reverse AEB
  • Post-impact braking
  • Lane-keep help
  • Lane departure warning
  • Driver consideration alert
  • Blind-spot help with trailer protection
  • Reversing digicam
  • Front and rear parking sensors

How a lot does the Ford Everest price to run?

The Everest is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee like the broader Ford vary.

Maintenance is required each 12 months or 15,000 kilometres, and the primary 5 providers are priced at $329 beneath the Blue Oval’s capped-price service program.

CarExpert’s Take on the Ford Everest

The new Ford Everest follows intently within the footsteps of the associated Ranger.

It’s a elegant tackle the ute-based SUV formulation, with a spread that covers a whole lot of floor.

Regardless of which mannequin you select, it’s a refined option to carry as much as seven individuals, with class-leading infotainment and loads of area for teenagers and their stuff.

You may argue the bottom Ambiente is all of the Everest anybody wants, which exhibits how stable the foundations are.

Although the Sport provides a compelling mix of luxuries and worth, the Platinum is the mannequin that delivers on Ford’s promise to take the Everest into an area it hasn’t beforehand occupied.

It’s simply essentially the most polished four-wheel drive of its variety; one which ought to make a number of of us at Toyota very nervous. Now that’s a comparability we’re wanting ahead to assembling.

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