ARNA’S VIEW

New Zealand LCV - - ROAD TEST | EVEREST -

WORK­ING MUM OF TWO AND SUV driver, Arna Evans of­fers her prac­ti­cal in­sight into Ford’s Ever­est.

The Ever­est is big, but it doesn’t feel big was the first thing I no­ticed.

The short bon­net helps that, and with the re­vers­ing cam­era and high seat­ing, there was never the feel­ing that I was over­whelmed by the Ever­est.

The run­ning boards are great for the kids get­ting into the back, and the rear doors open re­ally wide so it’s easy to strap the kids in; high buck­les make insert­ing a rear seat­belt over a booster seat less of an ar­du­ous guess­ing game.

From the driver’s seat, it’s handy to have the dash graphic and warn­ing that shows if any pas­sen­gers have un­buck­led themselves, but our mis­chievous but­ton­press­ing one-year-old Ella did in­ad­ver­tently lock us out by kick­ing the rear lock/un­lock but­ton.

So we were a lit­tle lucky our fouryear-old, Am­ber, was able to fol­low our in­struc­tions through the win­dow glass; this sit­u­a­tion is some­thing to be wary of, as the me­chan­i­cal child locks don’t over­ride the switch.

Boot space is use­able with the third row of seats raised, and huge when they’re down – and I re­ally liked that both the tail­gate and the third-row of seats are push­but­ton elec­tric.

I loved the way the Ever­est pulled up the hills, but I would say the steer­ing is a lit­tle heavy for my lik­ing; but that’s re­ally the only thing that makes the Ever­est feel big. On the whole, I loved it.

Above left: High buck­les made insert­ing a rear seat­belt over four-year-old Am­ber’s booster seat less of a guess­ing game. ISOFIX seat mount­ing points are in­cluded.

Above right: One-year-old Ella strapped safely into her car seat in the Ever­est.

In­sert: You can check that all seat­belts are fas­tened by check­ing on graphic dis­play.

Be­low: Ever­est’s rear-end styling is per­haps the best of any of the ute-based utes’ on the mar­ket.

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