2012 Ford Everest Review
2012 Ford Everest at a glance
Despite the SUV appearance, the 2012 Ford Everest really is a seven-seater truck with genuine ability to venture off-road. No surprise, then, that the 2012 Ford Everest lacks the ride comfort, on-road handling and refinement of certain rivals.
2012 Ford Everest quick specs
2012 Ford Everest ratings (overall rating : 3/5.0)
Well, Ford has done it again. This is the second-generation Ford Everest if you have not realised. Save for the bolder grille and bonnet, there is little else to differentiate the new from the old version. Ford has maintained that trucks should be tough-looking, and hence the no-nonsense styling in the pre-facelift Ford Ranger and here in the 2012 Ford Everest. But surely toughness and visual appeal can coexist?
Based on the Ford Ranger's mechanical underpinnings, the 2012 Ford Everest handles much like a truck—plenty of body roll and limited grip are part of the on-road package. Even without full throttle, the Ford Everest wheel-spins, and the rear wheels lose traction easily in the wet if you attempt to power out of corners before the suspension fully settles. The ball and nut steering requires lots of turning in traffic-heavy city areas, too. Off-road is where the 2012 Ford Everest comes into its own, however.
In the context of leaf-sprung trucks, the ride comfort is decent with less bounce over bumps, thanks to more even weight distribution between the front and rear. Cabin refinement is marred by no lack of engine roar. The cabin architecture is borrowed from the Ford Ranger, which means a good driving position and unhindered all-round visibility. The large glass area brings an airy feel, while all three seating rows get air-conditioning vents.
Quality + Reliability
The cabin does not pretend to be anything else other than being functional. From the simple dash layout, the sturdy cabin construction, to the durable materials, the 2012 Ford Everest seems built to endure hard use, at the expense of style and tactility, however. Ford is an established brand name, and we expect the underlying mechanicals to remain reliable.
Upon the dropping of the 3.0-litre from the engine range, only the Duratorq TDCi 2.5-litre with 141 bhp and 330 Nm remains. Paired either with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic, the 2.5-litre proves to be relatively refined, torquey and smooth on the roads, delivering power in a lag-free manner—just like in the Ford Ranger which uses the same engine. Since the 3.0-litre was barely stronger, the decision by Ford Malaysia to stop offering the engine option seems the right one in our books.
Having room for seven is one of the Ford Everest's key appeal; it is in effect a Ford Ranger with an extended roof and an extra row of seats. Front and middle rows enjoy ample room, and even the last row gets adequate legroom. Cabin storage compartments are also aplenty. For more loading space, the middle row seats can be folded individually, and the last row seats are removable.
Servicing and repair costs should be reasonable. The 2.5-litre may be diesel, but to produce the impressive power output means paying more at the pumps than you might expect. Choosing the manual gearbox or the two-wheel drive version will further improve the fuel economy. The Ford Everest does not share the goodwill of the Ford Ranger, or the image of the Ford Fiesta, which is why depreciation is likely higher than for other Ford models.
Value for Money
The 2012 Ford Everest is well-priced against rivals like the Hyundai Santa Fe, Ssangyong Rexton II and Toyota Fortuner. Comparatively, the Ford Everest is the crudest on-road, although it is one of the best off-road. Overall, the 2012 Ford Everest fails miserably as a sedan-like SUV, but excels when viewed as a truck with seven seats and true off-roading capability.
XLT comes with front fog lamps, roof rails, radio/CD/MP3 audio system, four speakers, power windows, remote central locking, keyless entry system and immobiliser. Safety equipments include ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, dual front airbags, and height-adjustable front seatbelts with pre-tensioner.
The 2.5-litre is not the most efficient or the cleanest by diesel standards. And the 2012 Ford Everest's two-tonne-plus weight serves little to help the fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions. But at least the pollution caused per occupant is lower if there are constantly seven on board.
Live Life Drive Verdict
Accomplished off-road ability
Sturdy cabin construction
Torquey, smooth diesel engine
Dull, utilitarian looks
Poor on-road handling
Ride-and-refinement lag rivals'
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