2018 Ford Everest Is The Perfect SUV
December 31, 2018
The 2018 Ford Everest is a sturdy, practical and forward-thinking SUV that provides everything you need in one vehicle.
The 2018 Ford Everest is the perfect option for someone looking for an all-encompassing family SUV that is still more than capable of performing as a heavy-duty off roader. It retains the core DNA of a large SUV while adopting some of the most useful and cutting features of its ute cousin, the Ford Ranger. The 2018 Ford Everest packs superior performance and a whole host of flexible options into a robust body and spacious interior. It offers exceptional comfort and a tenacious yet elegant design, showcased by its rugged body-on frame construction, sturdy front metal grille and tough Ranger-esque architecture.
One of the most notable things about the 2018 Ford Everest is how well-proportioned and practical its five-door wagon body is. While its similarities to the Ford Ranger are immediately apparently, it’s also noticeably shorter and more compact, with its 2,850mm wheelbase making it 370mm shorter than the Ranger. It has a total length of 4,892mm, sits 1,860mm wide and stands 1,837 mm high. The Everest has noteworthy off-road credentials with its 800mm wading depth and 225mm of ground clearance, while its overall compact size means it still is easy to manoeuvre and park in congested city streets or busy mall parking lots. It is versatile at tackling any terrain, with it being offered in both 2×4 and 4×4 drive trains, with all four-wheel drive models equipped with Ford’s Terrain Management System, which optimizes the torque split between the front and rear wheels to ensure exceptional and maximum traction at all times. The 2018 Everest is powered by a six-speed automatic transmission with sport mode and a TDCi 3.2-litre inline five-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 143kW of power at 3,000 rpm and a formidable 470Nm of torque between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.
Drivers have the option of the entry-level Ambiente, mid-level Trend and top of the line Titanium model, each of which steps up comfort, amenities and refinement. The Ambiente is offered in both rear wheel drive and four-wheel drive, with five and seven seat variants. The Trend can also be selected in either drive train, but is a roomier option with both models only coming with seven seats (with third row seat). The Trend brings larger 18-inch alloy wheels with 265/60 R18 tyres and a matching spare, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear privacy glass, a satin chrome lower grille garnish, daytime running lights and halogen projection headlights, auto high-beam control, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, an electro-chromatic rear view mirror, as well as power side mirrors with puddle lamp/heating/power-fold options and a power-lift tailgate to boot.
The premium Titanium, which is only available in four-wheel drive, is for the driver looking for the ultimate in luxury and experience, with even larger 2-inch alloy wheels and 265/50 R20 tyres (although 18-inch is also an option), chrome door handles and exterior mirrors, signature LED daytime running lights, high-intensity discharge (HID) daytime headlights, as well as a panoramic sunroof with internal power blind, a leather wrapped gearshift, leather-accented seat trim and eight way adjustable and heated driver and front passenger seats, plus power-fold third row seating. Technological features exclusive to the Titanium include its tyre pressure monitoring system, active park assist (with semi-auto parallel park assist) and a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert.
All models of the 2018 Ford Everest are rated to tow up to 3,000 kg of braked trailer, making it well suited for a long family trip of extended foray into the bush, with internal cargo volume of 450 litres behind the third row of seats and expandable to 1,050 litres with the third row folded flat. If you need even more space for storage, the 2018 Ford Everest can offer a total remarkable 2,010 litres of space with all rows folded. The Everest comes with loads of nifty storage pockets and anchorage points for securing loads, as well as bottle holders, an expansive centre console with front cubby, cup holders, pockets in each front door, an inset storage tray in the centre dash pad. Second row and third row passengers aren’t left behind with bottle holders, cup holders and storage pockets sprinkled liberally throughout the vehicle to ensure for comfortable trips.
Safety features are extensive, including driver and front passenger airbags, side front airbags, side curtain airbags that also cover the optional third row of eating as well as a driver’s knee airbag. Active safety features included in the dynamic stability control system are rear parking sensors, a rear view camera, hill descent control, emergency brake assist, emergency assistance, traction control, trailer sway control, roll over mitigation and more. Drivers who opt for one of the higher-end models also get options such as active park assist, blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping, forward collision alert and adaptive cruise control, all combining to give each Everest model a maximum five-start ANCAP safety rating.
The 2018 Ford Everest is a sturdy, practical and forward-thinking SUV that provides everything you need in one vehicle. Its sound design and advanced engineering make it a dream when driving in challenging terrain for even the most inexperienced driver, while its good looking curves and agile design make it look perfect whether it’s parked in a suburban driveway or with its wheels covered in mud. This heavy-duty off roader is a great choice for daily driving, while still offering responsive, powerful and flexible performance to ensure it can ramp things up a notch when needed.