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.