The Ford Everest must be the MOST long-awaited and anticipated review for BabyDrive to date! So I didn't feel let down when the kind people of Pacific Ford on the Sunshine Coast gave me the all singing, all dancing Ford Everest Titanium, the top of the range model to review! Let's see how I got on…
Once I loaded her up with all my equipment and my many cups of travel tea! I hit the road and was surprised by the ride, it felt like a big soft, lazy family dog, slouchy and lumbered and louder than I expected and I'm told this engine is quieter than the previous model.
I took my new trusted companion to the studio, where I discovered what all the fuss is about! So this car is all kinds of good when it comes to family practicality!! Firstly the storage in the Everest is fantastic! It has very generous amounts of storage in all three rows and they are all practical and the cup holders are usable in shape and size for my large re-usable water bottle and my new Luxey Cup!
The ventilation is also excellent in all three rows with air vents and can be controlled from the front media screen.
The Everest is a large seven-seater with a spacious interior. It easily holds five child seats, I could easily fit three across the second-row seats using the ISOFix in the two outer seats and seatbelt in the central seat.
Two child seats fitted well in the third-row seats as well.
Legroom is good in the Everest, with a rear-facing child seat in the second row, a 180cm passenger could sit in the driver's seat and I could sit behind it in the third row and I'm 162cm.
The boot is a really practical size and when using just five seats it will hold eighteen shopping bags, which is the same as the Land Rover Discovery, one more than the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and Isuzu MU-X both fitting seventeen.
When using all seven seats I could still get a twin stroller in the boot which is great! I couldn't in the Isuzu MU-X, Toyota Prado or Land Rover Discovery. A tandem stroller didn't fit because there wasn't the stacking room but the twin, single and compact strollers all fitted with shopping.
The interior of the Everest was nice and modern, it definitely felt like it could conquer any terrain but still had the luxuries inside so you are comfortable while you do it!
The media system in the Everest is a relatively basic touch screen that is easy to navigate and it does have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which I find preferable.
The reversing camera image is a little pixellated but I could mute the sensor beeps by simply pressing the OK button on the steering wheel, which is really convenient to stop them waking up sleeping bubs when manoeuvring or parking.
I can see why the Ford Everest is such a popular family car, it is so practical as a BabyDrive. I wish you could get through to those third-row seats without uninstalling a child seat because then Ford really would have ticked all the boxes!
The Ford Everest Titanium has been given a five-star ANCAP safety rating and has seven airbags as standard.