Many moons ago, “Sport” badges would identify performance models of a vehicle series. Nowadays? They are exclusively used to denote niche-filling SUV’s with black decals. Meet the new Ford Everest Sport!
You should know: As my sarcastic intro implies, this is merely a cosmetic upgrade of an existing (XLT) derivative, where other SUV brands abuse the word “Sport” to create a whole new car. Usually smaller, cheaper and less sporty than its namesake. I hope this explains my sarcastic tone.
More info: Happily, this is not the case with this family-loving Ford seven-seater. It’s basically an XLT model and the sporty bits include: black 20-inch wheels, black grill and mirrors, blacked-out door handles and bumper trim items, black leather cabin with blue contrast stitching and a couple of other sinister additions.
What else? Power comes from the single turbo-diesel (SiT) engine worth 132kW or 420Nm via a 10-speed automatic transmission to your choice of either rear- or all-wheel drive; as tested here. Besides “Agate Black”, buyers can also opt for other colours: Frozen White, Diffused or Moondust Silver, Sea Grey or Copper Red.
Why you shouldn’t: There’s better value to be found with other brands. And occasionally the gearbox can’t decide which of its ten ratios is best. But other than that we couldn’t think of any drastic negatives with this vehicle. Sure, these tyres won’t put up with much off-roading and yes, just like other 7-seaters, this tank feels quite cumbersome in village traffic.
Why you should: The Everest Sport has cool black highlights, a brawny drive train, spacious and comfy cabin, plus there’s a dealer or two in most towns. Ford also backs it up with a 4-year/120,000km warranty and optional service plan. Prices range from R691,000 to R734,000.
|Engine:||2L i-4 turbo-diesel|
|Transmission:||10-speed Automatic, AWD|
|Avg. cons.:||(claimed 7.1)|
|0-100km/h:||10.95 seconds (no claim)|
|Top Speed:||No claim|