At 64, all I needed was an EVER-rest

Com­par­ing the old with the new, there are quite a few fancy new fea­tures with a bear­ing on those hol­i­day trips to the Kruger Park, writes

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the ride was qui­eter and when you hit the speed bumps in our street it rolled over them smoothly and a bet­ter road han­dling all round.

I’m 64 so get­ting the spare wheel out from un­der­neath any ve­hi­cle is a prob­lem for me. My Ever­est has the spare on the back door, it’s inside a cover and looks quite neat, thank you very much.

I don’t know why my model of Ever­est came out with all the wheel cov­ers in sil­ver, it’s one of the things Jackie al­ways points out to me when we see blue, brown, white and gold Ever­ests pass us and she snig­gers be­cause ours is sil­ver.

I loved the change to the rear seat­ing set-up; mine has a bench seat that you re­move, while the new set-up has the back seats fold­ing down to cre­ate the pack­ing space you re­quire for go­ing away on hol­i­day. Who needs a trailer with one of th­ese beau­ties.

As for th­ese cars that claim to be 7- seaters, I find most like mine ac­tu­ally can only re­ally ac­com­mo­date chil­dren in the rear seats com­fort­ably.

I got out the old mea­sur­ing tape and tried to do a quick run around for some mea­sure­ments. n the end size does count, or so Jackie says, not sure what she’s on about. Any­way, down to the nitty-gritty, from my old one to the new: length = 16’4’’ new17’4’’; width = both 6’ ex­clud­ing the side mir­rors; height = 6’2’’ new 6’; inside boot space down = 46’’ new 45’’; inside boot with seats up = 12’’ new 15’’; and the space be­tween the front and back seat =10’’ new 8’’, but they have in­dented the back of the front seats to give you more knee room in the new one.

I did think mine was longer but not wider; it just goes to show.

Mine of course did not come out with all the bells and whis­tles like the new Ever­est, I don’t have the rear view cam­era. I wish I did, bril­liant con­cept. As for the alarm when back­ing up, now that is so use­ful on a ve­hi­cle this long.

I must ad­mit I did find driv­ing on some of the nar­row streets a lit­tle daunt­ing but you soon get used to the width and the big­ger bon­net.

The speed-cruise was an af- ter-fac­tory fit­ment for mine and you have to switch mine off to re­set the speed while this one you just hit “set” again at a lower speed and away she goes. Have you no­ticed that when you hit the re­set but­ton she re­sponds quicker than if you tried to ac­cel­er­ate your­self.

My head­lights seem to be brighter but then again maybe I’m used to them, you know we old folk bat­tle to see at night.

The in­te­rior set-up for your spare sun­glasses – mine has space for two sets while the new one had only room for one, but the over­head light­ing has been im­proved and so has the rear air-con setup. This new one can be set by the pas­sen­gers them­selves and is di­rectly over their heads whilst mine is from a cen­tral col­umn in the roof.

The front has two plugs for 12v charg­ing whilst I have a mere one but the back seat has one as well and there is also one in the very rear boot for those fridges one takes away on those Kruger Park trips.

I would never give up my Ever­est as she pulls my 18-foot car­a­van at a steady 100km al­most up hill and down dale, and although we had a tow­bar on this new one I didn’t have time to try it out. Maybe next time I can have one for a lit­tle longer and per­haps the 3.2 ver­sion, Hey Ford! That’s a hint for Christ­mas time as we are off to the Kruger for 10 days.

All in all its still a top-notch Ford prod­uct and I had fun driv­ing it. There are huge im­prove­ments and who knows, the way things are go­ing we might even get a fur­ther up­grade soon.

I bought mine to re­tire with next year. I just wish Ford had brought this model out be­fore I bought mine, Ah well, such is life. . .

The new and the old side by side, and yes they do hap­pen to be the same colour.

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