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
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.