Safety is every mom’s deal maker when choosing a vehicle to transport precious cargo, and the new Ford Everest ticks all the boxes… and more

Ground clearance, visibility, and safety are what I look at when rating an SUV, and this one offers the spaciousness of an extra row of seats, and some hi-tech accident prevention features too – worthy of Ford’s claim that their newest Everest is ‘one epic SUV’.

Bolder design and smarter tech

The design is bolder and more aerodynamic on the outside, while inside the tech is smarter.

Reverse with confidence with a full and clear vision of what’s behind you. If your Everest senses there’s an obstacle in your way, the rear parking sensors will sound to alert you. If adaptive cruise control with forward collision alert senses slow moving traffic in front, it will slow down the vehicle too, while lane-departure warning and lane-keeping system can help keep you stay on track on long road trips.

Pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection is designed to scan the traffic ahead and warn you if it senses the possibility of a collision with traffic or pedestrians. If a collision is likely, it can apply the brakes*.

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And with satellite navigation, rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors and a commanding road presence you’ll feel comfortable and in control.

The interior is designed to get you and everything you need comfortably from A to B and beyond. The electrically powered 3rd-row of seats of the Limited, is easy to switch between cargo and people*.

Keyless entry is one of my favourite features

When you’re carrying a grocery bag (or two) in each hand, your handbag is slung over your shoulder (and zipped closed) and you get to your car and don’t have your keys in your hand, you realise how convenient it is not to have to put your groceries down on the tarmac, while you scratch in your bag for the keys.

It’s not a sunroof darling, it’s a moonroof

It’s not about tech and safety: fun and stylish features make the Everest a ride to drool over too. The dual-panel, panoramic electrically-powered glass moonroof covers almost 50% of the Everest’s roof – it’s quite a thrilling adventure to experience the road under clear skies.

Fits up to 5 child seats to keep even the biggest family safe

You can also take your Everest with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive (4WD), and both are seven seaters. Plus, you can fit up to 5 child seats to help keep the family moving. And the luggage space when the rear row of seats are folded away is really massive.

The Everest 4WD will confidently wade through water up to 800mm deep, with a high ground clearance of
225mm. Uphill isn’t a battle either, thanks to Hill Launch Assist. And on the way back, Hill Descent Control.

Choose between diesel and petrol

Choose the 3.2L TDCi engine with 6-speed auto transmission or the extraordinary new 2.0L Bi-Turbo engine with 10-speed auto transmission that delivers 157kW of power and 500Nm of peak torque, with greater engine refinement and outstanding fuel economy.

From R 552,500 for the new EVEREST 2.2 TDCI XLS 6AT 2WD

*Only available on Limited derivatives. Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s
attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle.

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