FORD EVER­EST TREND

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VALUE

Other seven-seat 4WDs start at $45,000, so at $66,303 drive­away the Ever­est Trend is steep. The most af­ford­able ver­sion, the Ever­est Am­bi­ente, costs $60,000 drive-away and is bare bones ba­sic. A tow pack and built-in nav­i­ga­tion are stan­dard on the Ranger XLT but $1000 and $600 op­tions re­spec­tively on the Ever­est Trend (in­cluded in our drive-away price).

DE­SIGN

Th­ese two are the same from the front doors for­ward (though with unique grilles) but the Ever­est is eas­ier to park: it’s 46cm shorter and has a one me­tre tighter turn­ing cir­cle (11.7 me­tres) be­cause there is less dis­tance be­tween the front and rear wheels. And yet the Ever­est can carry seven (two lit­tlies in the back row); the Ranger seats five.

EN­GINE

Also shared is the 3.2-litre five-cylin­der turbo diesel, a strong en­gine with the clat­ter muted by noise dead­en­ing be­hind the dash­board and other re­fine­ments. Oddly, the Ever­est con­cedes a few kilo­watts to the Ranger (143kW ver­sus 147kW) but torque is the same (470Nm). Auto adds $2310 to the Ranger but is stan­dard on the Ever­est.

SAFETY

Six airbags and five-star safety rat­ing. The “cur­tain” airbags cover the side glass all the way to the third row. Radar cruise con­trol, lane keep­ing and crash alert are stan­dard on the Ever­est Trend, as are front and rear sen­sors and a rear cam­era. The same can’t be said of the Ranger XLT.

DRIV­ING

The Ever­est has a softer and more lux­u­ri­ous ride than the Ranger but this means the sus­pen­sion can feel floaty and less planted on the road. This is the trade-off for gen­uine off-road abil­ity. Don’t ex­pect the Ever­est to cor­ner with the same pre­ci­sion as a Ford Ter­ri­tory.

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