The seven-seater, 2021 Ford Everest Trend 4WD is a capable off-road SUV, so let's find out how practical it is for families, in our BabyDrive testing…
The Ford Everest Trend is one of the few seven-seater 4WDs that have five top tether anchorages in the back!
There are ISOFix points in the two outer second-row seats but no ISOFix in the third-row seats.
It's actually pretty spacious and I found in my testing that five Infasecure child seats will fit nicely in the back of the 2021 Ford Everest.
In the third-row seats, I fitted the Infasecure Accomplish More and Aspire More child seats forward-facing. I did find legroom is VERY limited with the Achieve More harnessed child seat but there is much more legroom with the Aspire More child seat.
Accessing the third-row in the Ford Everest is impossible with three child seats in the second row but if you remove one, behind the driver, then there is good access through to the third row.
To learn more about the child seats used in this review just click on the link here. You can learn more about installing child seats in the Ford Everest in the expandable ‘Seats” section below.
The Ford Everest Trend also has aircon vents for all three rows of passengers.
In the second and third rows, the vents are in the ceiling and you can control the climate and lock the rear air-conditioning from the front media screen.
Storage is practical throughout the Ford Everest for families. In the third row there is a cup holder on each side.
The second-row passengers have map pockets, cup holders and practical size door bins too. There is also a 12V and 150Watt socket too.
In the front passengers have two cup holders and a phone tray, a good-sized glove box and a central console box…
… as well as a glasses case and door bins that will hold an iPad and water bottle.
Storage in the boot of the Ford Everest is practical for families. 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 one less than the Isuzu MU-X that fits nineteen.
Depending on the number of children you have and your pram needs, the Bugaboo Bee 6 fits easily in the boot of the Ford Everest with 13 shopping bags.
The New Bugaboo Donkey 5 Mono with the seat or bassinet removed fits in the boot of the Ford Everest with 11 shopping bags.
The Bugaboo Donkey 5 Duo, with a seat and bassinet attached, will fit in the boot with 10 shopping bags.
The Bugaboo Donkey 5 twin with two seats attached will fit in the boot of the Ford Everest with 9 shopping bags.
When using all seven seats I could fit sevens shopping bags in the boot of the Ford Everest.
Or a Bugaboo Bee 6 pram fits in the boot neatly with room for a bag of shopping.
Or the New Bugaboo Donkey 5 Mono fits in the boot with a bag of shopping too.
You can learn more about the New Bugaboo Donkey 5 and the Ford Everest's boot capacity in the expandable “Storage” section below.
Or you could fit your family dog in the boot!
The Ford Everest feels like a capable car to drive, you sit nice and high up so you get good visibility out of the front and sides. It is a little tractor-like to drive around town but I forgive that because it's a 4WD. It feels pretty easy to park and manoeuvre around town and suburbia, as well as being great off-road.
The media system in the Ford Everest feels basic and easy to use and navigate.
You can control the climate through the media screen…
…including locking the rear climate.
The Ford Everest also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which is great for managing your calls and apps for messaging, navigation and music or podcasts.
The reversing camera image fills the whole screen but is a bit pixellated. You can turn the parking sensors off with a button down in the central console.
The Ford Everest is a great 4WD option for families. It fits the five child seats in the back or three across the second-row seats and has a really good size boot for your prams, family dog or family camping trips.
The Ford Everest Trend has been given a five-star ANCAP safety rating and has seven airbags as standard.