Big country, big ride
Trekking in and out of the rugged Ruapehu District lowlands makes for exhausting driving.
But our all-wheel drive Ford nimbly handles the steep narrow roads. It’s large enough to fit seven, or five if you drop the dual rear seats – this creates a cavernous boot area able to fit all your holiday gear.
The fully loaded turbo-diesel SUV is a safe cocoon for family road trips and made our drive enjoyable through the ruggedly beautiful surrounds. Previous winter runs up and down icy skifield roads also proved worry-free.
Those splashing out on the Everest Titanium should consider dropping a few hundred on a roof pod if you’re planning on seating five or more for big holiday jaunts including ski trips.
Pricing for the 2016 Ford Everest Titanium starts at $87,990 (there’s also a $75,990 Everest Trend model).
The Ford Everest Titanium was supplied to the writer courtesy of Ford New Zealand.
The 2016 Ford Everest Titanium can nimbly handle steep narrow roads.