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Ford Everest 2.2 offers more variety to the range

BY GRAEME LUND - APRIL 7, 2017
Ford Everest 2.2 offers more variety to the range

The 3.2 litre Ford Everest was introduced to South Africa in 2015 and proved to be a popular choice in the seven seater SUV market.  However, many critics complained the Everest lacked engine options and thus price variety.

To settle this problem, Ford recently introduced the 2.2 litre derivative.  This four cylinder turbocharged diesel engine delivers 118 kW and 385 Nm from a well-known and reliable power plant that has long been in use in the Ranger bakkie.

Having a large family of my own and lover of SUV’s, I have thoroughly enjoyed driving the Everest 2.2 TDCi XLT 6AT 4×2.  This is a family car par-excellence with ample space, good ground clearance and a variety of useful features.

Fitted with the excellent, third generation, SYNC3 infotainment system, and a full colour LED screen the system is easy to navigate (took me 30 seconds to connect my Android phone) and switching between menus feels like a tablet and you can swipe through screens.

Features that make this a very safe and easy vehicle to drive include Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Traction Control, Hill Launch Assist and Trailer Sway Control is all standard. There are dual front, side and curtain airbags, with a driver's knee airbags being standard on XLT.  The rear parking sensors and navigation is excellent and makes reversing out of even the most complex parking bay easy.

The Everest is a very pleasurable vehicle to drive.  In my experience it is the quietest in its class and has a solidity that feels good through the steering wheel and in the passenger seats. 

Although the XLT is not 4x4, it handled the rough roads and steep hills that I used as part of my driving experience with-out any problems.  Unless you are planning some serious cross country, heart-of-Africa trip, this vehicle will get you to and from most places in South Africa.

The 2.2 engine does not have the vooma of its big brother but it still has ample power and acceleration and I did not feel, at any point during my drive experience, that I was not able to climb a hill or overtake another car comfortably.

The rear two seats fold neatly and easily into the floor and there is ample space for stowing a family’s luggage on a long distance trip.

There are now eight versions in the Ford Everest Range, with a choice of three trim levels (XLS, XLT and Limited) and there are two engines sizes (2.2-litre and 3.2-litre) from which to choose. There's also the option of manual or automatic transmissions as well as 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains.

If you’re in the market for a family SUV then you must consider the Ford Everest, as, in my humble opinion, it is the most comfortable in its class.