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The Ford Everest Sport

Latest edition to this manufacturer’s range and it is based on the Everest XLT

The Sport’s exterior shouts bad boy, and is enforced by the black EVEREST badge on the bonnet, the black mesh grille and the unique 3D FORD bonnet badge. Ford eliminated the chrome finishing found on the XLT by coating the mirror caps, door handles, roof rails and the rear & front bumper valences in black. Adding the “Sport” decals on the bottom of the rear door and the tailgate shows that this is a different beast hiding under the bonnet.

Climbing inside you start noticing the individual touches that makes the Sport different from the normal Everest. The leather trimmed cabin is different from the XLT’s due to the blue contrast stitching for the steering wheel, facia, seats and the embossed SPORT logo on the front seat’s backrest. Additional to this is the large 8 inch touchscreen that features Ford’dSync3 infotainment software that includes Bluetooth connectivity and satellite navigation, as well as Apple Car Play and

Android Auto function

I used the Android auto function to connect my phone (through plugging it into one of the two USB ports up front) and had access to all my functions on my phone. So connecting my music and searching for my favourite songs on the road was a breeze. Both the driver and passenger has excellent visibility and thanks to the driver’s seat that as a choice of eight electronically adjustable seat functions you can become the ring leader behind this bad boys steering wheel.

The seven-seater reacts quickly and with the larger 20-inch alloy wheels handling is superb whether you’re on or off-road. The turbocharged 2.0 litre engine delivers 132kw and 4200Nm, using a 10 speed automatic gearbox. Ford claims fuel consumption of 7.6 litres/100km, but more realistic figures is around 8.2 litres going to as much as 10.1 litre/100km if you’re engaging 4×4 for long periods.

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This is a seven seater, but the last two seats will only be suitable for smaller children as the leg space becomes limited. Using it as a seven seater only gives you cargo space of around 249 litres, but if you fold these two rear seats (third row) down you can increase the cargo space to 876 litres.

Driving this beast was an awesome experience and I was able to test it in town, on the open highway and even off-road. I was impressed with it handling, smooth gear selection and using cruise control on the highway made driving a sheer pleasure. Using the dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control was a bonus, enabling both driver and passenger to adjust their own levels of heat or cool air. This ensured I stayed nice and cool, while my wife opted for a bit more heat.

One of the other things that I liked about the Sport was that at night when you approached the vehicle and pressed to unlock, both the outside and interior lights switched on, including a LED light underneath the side mirrors that projected to the ground so that you can clearly see where you are stepping before climbing into the vehicle.

As mentioned I took the Sport off-roading and despite being fitted with 20 inch highway tyres it easily managed most of the obstacles throw at it. Part of the reason is the fact that the Sport boosts 225mm ground clearance, and 800mm wading depth. If you combine this with the Sport’s permanent four wheel drive setup, and terrain management system you have a vehicle that can confidently tackle not only tar roads, but also back roads and 4×4 trails. I would however advise that you change the 20 inch highway tyres to all terrain off-road tyres for better traction in difficult and wet conditions.

Using the terrain management system it was easy to operate the centre console dial and selecting between the various modes that includes snow, mud, grass, and rocks. Hill descent control is also included, as well as the 4WD selector and rear differential locker buttons on the 4WD models.

As mentioned I took it out to Hennops 4×4 trails, and combining the ride height, power, 4WD mode and rear differential locker I overcame all the challenges with ease. It was only when I was faced with the slick clay mud at Hennops where I had a problem with the 20 inch highway tyres. The Everest Sport comes in a range of six metallic body colours – Diffused Silver, Frozen White, Agate Black, Moondust silver, Sea Grey and Copper Red – which accentuates the black detailing.

Pricing on the Sport line ranges from R675,600 (4×2) and R718,000 (4×4), and the standard items include LED headlights with daytime running lights, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors with rear camera. The list goes on with ESP traction control, Trailer Sway Control, Hill launch Assist and Roll over Mitigation and Hill descent control. Lastly you also get seven airbags as part of the packages. Note however that you can opt out on most of the luxuries and go for the basic 2.2 TDCi XLS (with two wheel drive and six speed automatic) for R563,600.

FORD has always been pushing to up it quality and give you more, and they are definitely succeeding. Not only are you getting a vehicle that is comfortable to ride, but one with a lot of extras that makes you safer on the road.

Extras include:
  • 20 inch Alloy Wheels
  • Ebony Roof Rails
  • Leather Seats with Capital Blue Stitching
  • Unique Everest 3D Bonnet Badge
  • Black Mesh Grille
  • Cruise Control with Adaptive Speed Limiter
  • ISOFIX Child Seat Anchorage Points
  • Thatchcam Anti-Theft Alarm
  • Electro chromatic Rear View Mirror
  • Headlamps – LED
  • Fog Lamps – Rear
  • FORD Sync3 – Including Radio/MP3. 8 Inch Touchscreen, 10 Speakers, 2 USB Ports
  • Dual Electronic Air Temperature Control (DEATC)

Written By ;

Daniel Vorster

Motoring Photo/Journalist

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