Review of the new 2022 Ford Everest Trend 4WD

Designed and engineered in Australia, the Ford Everest combines family hauling capability with weekend adventure fun.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new Ford Everest.

the value

The new Ford Everest is hard to miss – it’s big, bold and charismatic.

Prices start at around $58,000 for the base Ambiente Driver, which is only available in rear-wheel drive with five seats.

All other variants, including our Trend test car, have seven seats as standard.

Our car also had all-wheel drive, which added nearly $5,300 to the price, bringing the final total to about $71,000 with the car.

The Ambiente and Trend versions have a 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine, producing 154 kW and 500 Nm, matched by a 10-speed. The more expensive Sport ($75,000) and Platinum ($84,000) versions come with a new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 producing 184 kW and 600 Nm, matched with permanent all-wheel drive.

The Everest looks like a brand new car. Our test car’s good looks were complemented by bright 18-inch alloy wheels, prominent LED headlights at the head and rear and an oversized Everest badge at the rear.

Inside, a giant 12-inch central touchscreen displays Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. Bluetooth, digital radio and satnav add to the appeal.

Ford covers its vehicles with a five-year/unlimited km warranty and a set price service program that costs owners a reasonable $1,316 over four years, or $329 a pop.

comfort

Mount Everest feels special. There are leather-lined seats, a faux leather-wrapped steering wheel, and high-quality materials throughout.

If you want luxury basics like heated and ventilated seats, ambient lighting and a panoramic sunroof, you’ll want to get the top shelf Platinum Class.

Everest’s massive exterior translates to a cavernous cabin, with head, shoulder and leg ledges in the first two rows. The third row is best reserved for short trips or for hauling kids’ friends around town. All rows are serviced by air vents and there are five USB charging ports across the first two rows as well as a wireless device charging pad up front. Only third-row passengers have access to a 12-volt outlet.

The Everest has a well-arranged suspension that, along with its weight, helps smooth out road bumps and imperfections of all sizes.

The cabin ambience is top notch, with minimal road noise and the engine piercingly quiet.

safety

Everest comes with all the safety bells and whistles. It will brake automatically if it detects a potential collision and will warn you if the car is in your blind spot or if someone approaches from the side while reversing.

An array of sensors will keep you centered in your lane, and front and rear parking sensors help reduce the risk of scrapes and scrapes in parking lots.

Nine airbags beat the competition, too.

Leadership

The Trend’s in-line twin-turbo diesel is a known intake that performs well with a full range of passengers on board and on the open road.

The ten-speed is best, always finding the right ratio so the engine never feels under pressure.

The car is heavy and leans through corners, but the wide grip provides confidence in all conditions. She is as adept at hauling the family during the week as she is off-roading at the weekend.

Dedicated off-road modes, full-time 4WD, and 3,500kg towing capacity mean it’s ready for adventure.

You feel the bulk of Mount Everest around the city, where narrow inner city streets and parking lots can cause anxiety for those unfamiliar with its dimensions.

Fuel use is respectable at 7.2 L/100km.

The verdict is 3.5/5

The new Ford Everest is an SUV of many talents, but buyers may balk at the premium price.

alternatives

Isuzu MU-X LS-U, from about $65,900

Well-equipped and a competent off-road driver. Sharp special driving deals are tempting.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport GSR, starting at $64,490 drive in

Cheap and flashy but feels old and tired against newer competitors.

Toyota Prado GXL, starting at $73,000

A large, rugged off-road vehicle that has Toyota’s reputation for bullet-proof reliability. Not a luxury feel like a Ford.

Ford Everest Trend 4WD

price From about $71,000 by car

engine 2.0 L bi-turbo four-cylinder diesel, 154 kW / 500 Nm

Warranty / Service Five years/unlimited km, $1,316 over four years

safety Nine Airbags, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Radar Cruise Control

Third 7.2L/100km

additional full size

Luggage 898 liters

Originally published as New 2022 Ford Everest Trend 4WD Review

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