#3 Supreme space and practicality on offer
Versatility is the name of the game thanks to this spacious interior that seats seven (five adults and two kids), or seats a family of five with all their weekend haul. As I have stated in my Everest (not the Sport) review: “My two daughters, aged 5 and 6, loved the two rear seats that they continued to use even when there was no one in the middle row. Like the Fortuner, you have the flexibility of seven seats but unlike the Fortuner’s two additional seats these fold away neatly leaving a ginormous boot to fill with stuff for long road trips, as the Fortuner’s ones have to be folded and clipped to the sides, where these eat into the available boot space.”
#2 Offroading capabilities come standard (unless you opt for the 4×2 that is)
While we stuck to the tarmac during our week-long review period (apart from a few dirt roads and one open grassy field near our house), we can attest to its offroad prowess as an Everest served as a support vehicle during the local launch of the Ford Ranger FX4 at the Wild Coast.
#1 Boss styling attracts gawkers, envious stares, and admiring thumbs up
Not since our review of Ford’s pocket-rocket ST200 back in 2018 did a vehicle illicit so many stares, groupies taken by petrol pump attendees, or attention at every mall shopping parking lot. Visually, what sets the Everest Sport apart from its established siblings are a black mesh grille and a unique Everest badge on the bonnet, along with black mirror caps and door handles – replacing the chrome finishes on the Everest XLT. Further reinforcing the dynamic appearance is the black treatment for the front bumper chin and rear valance in place of silver, along with ebony roof rails, special Sport decals on the rear doors, and striking 20-inch black alloy wheels.
#3 Awesome, but pricey
We can’t afford one at its recommended retail price of R662 800 for the 2.0 Single Turbo 10AT 4×2 variant, or R704 400 of our 2.0 Single Turbo 10AT 4×4 review model. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa will however have no problem selling bucket loads of them.
#2 Engine in terms of NVH
While the fact that the Everest Sport only packs a single turbo rather than the Ranger Wildtrak’s bi-turbo unit had no real bearing in terms of power delivery leaving us wanting, thanks to it delivering 132kW and 420Nm – with up to 340Nm available from just 1 250 r/min, it was not any more frugal compared to a Ranger FX-4 for instance (though the Everest weighs more than a Ranger). While NVH is quite good for the class, this powerplant still sounds very gruff and agricultural for our liking (hard-core offroaders won’t agree here).
#1 Premium interior for the segment but there’s a but…
Befitting a vehicle of its sportier status, key interior features of the Everest Sport include model-specific embossed leather seats with distinctive blue stitching, soft-touch leather treatment for the dashboard and a driver’s seat with eight-way power adjustment. The Everest Sport also comes standard with LED headlamps and daytime running lights, cruise control and front and rear park sensors with a rear-view camera. It’s all up there with the best in the segment and rivals such as the Fortuner, mu-X and Pajero Sport, but if someone does not prioritise offroad prowess and considers a similarly priced X3 for example, it is not up to THAT standard nor does it have niceties like they do i.e. mood lighting etc.