When the current generation of the Ford Everest arrived in South Africa in 2015, we were suitably impressed with the lifestyle SUV's comfort, style and offroad ability. However, its limited model line-up (comprising of 3.2-litre models only) limited the Ford's appeal. Now, with an extended range, the picture looks rather different...
Although the pricing of the initial range was prohibitively expensive, Ford now offers the vehicle with a smaller 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine. Additionally, the Blue Oval now manufactures the Everest locally following a massive investment in the Silverton plant.
We took the latest, more affordable Everest for a drive, on both tarmac and gravel. We take a look at the tow rating, the latest Sync3 infotainment system, get comfy in the back seats and try to answer the question: do you really need the bigger engine?
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