Big coun­try, big ride

Sunday Star-Times - Escape - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

Hot tip

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.

More in­for­ma­tion

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.

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