2024 Ford Everest Review

By Alexi Falson on 11 Mar 2024
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OnlineAuto Rating
out of 10
  • Smooth and comfortable daily driving experience
  • Benchmark towing figures, super impressive off-road abilities
  • Generous features list included in base model
  • Lengthy safety equipment list for entry-level Ambiente
  • Fuel economy suffers with V6 turbo-diesel
  • Rising price tags
  • Pricey optional extras
Ford Everest Ambiente (RWD) Specs
    • 80L
    • 187
    • 3750 / 1750
    • 5 star
    • Automatic
The Ford Everest has made a huge impression on the Australian market, standing as one of the leading options for family-friendly SUVs with a tough, adventurous wild side.

Within the Everest lineup, there’s been a bit of a shuffle for 2024, with the Trend 4x2 and Wildtrak exiting the Australian market, though there’s still a heap of options within the lineup.

Let’s look closer at the 2024 Ford Everest range to see how it stacks up on practicality, driving comfort and value against its fierce body-on-frame SUV rivals.

    Ford Everest Competition

    Ford Everest

    Isuzu MU-X
    Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
    Toyota LandCruiser Prado
    LDV D90
    Mahindra XUV700
    Toyota Fortuner

    How Much Does It Cost?

    The 2024 Ford Everest range is priced from $53,990 for the entry-level Ford Everest Ambiente 4x2, while the Ambiente 4x4 is priced at $58,990.

    Moving up to the Everest Sport 4x2 brings the price to $63,490, while the Everest Sport 4x4 is priced at $72,490 and the Everest Trend 4x4 is priced at $66,790.

    Finally, the range-topping Everest Platinum 4x4 is priced at $79,490.

    These prices are subject to change and do not include on-road costs.

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    Ford Everest - AMBIENTE (RWD) Specifications

    Model Date 2024
    Make FORD
    Model EVEREST
    Series UB MY24
    Variant AMBIENTE (RWD)
    Body 4D WAGON
    Fuel type DIESEL
    Transmission 10 SP AUTOMATIC
    Drive RWD
    Engine BTCDI
    Engine capacity 1996
    Engine configuration DUAL OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves
    Engine RPM 3750 / 1750
    Cylinders BTD4
    Torque 500
    KW 154
    Fuel tank size 80.0
    Fuel usage specs 7.1 / 0
    CO2 187
    ANCAP security rating 5

    What Features & Specs Does the Ford Everest Have?

    Ford’s entry-level Everest Ambiente comes riding on a set of 17-inch alloys and receives LED head and tail lights, fog lights and daytime running lamps, as well as black side steps, cloth upholstery for the five-seat layout, keyless entry & start, adaptive cruise control, a rear-view camera with parking sensors, a wireless smartphone charger and an eight-speaker sound system.

    Everest Ambiente 4x4 variants also pick up a locking rear differential and an e-shifter gear lever.

    Stepping up to the Everest Trend range adds 18-inch alloys, a seven-seat layout with leather upholstery, black roof rails, a powered boot lift, power-adjustable front seats, an upper glove box, zone lighting and some added off-road driving modes.

    The Everest Trend 4x4 range adds an off-road driving display and a rotary driving mode dial.

    Stepping up to the Everest Sport range adds 20-inch alloys, a hands-free powered boot lift, upgraded leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and some black exterior highlights atop an upgraded 10-speaker sound system.

    Finally, the range-topping Everest Platinum picks up 21-inch alloys, a black roof, Matrix LED headlights, a surround-view camera, quilted leather upholstery with a heated steering wheel and second-row seats, ambient lighting, a parking assistant and an upgraded 12-speaker B&O sound system.

    Connectivity & Infotainment Features

    The entry-level Ford Everest receives an 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.1-inch infotainment system powered by Ford’s latest Sync4 operating system and an embedded modem to access the FordPass connected service system.

    A 12-month FordPass subscription is included with your purchase of any Everest variant.

    Upgrading to the Everest Trend adds a larger 12-inch infotainment system, while the range-topping Platinum receives an upgraded 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster.

    Does the Ford Everest Have Wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto?

    All Ford Everest variants pick up both wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity to operate your phone hands-free on the go. 

    Is the Ford Everest Comfortable to Drive?

    After just a few minutes behind the wheel of the Everest, it’s clear to see it’s the most refined package on the road.

    While most of its rivals struggle to hide their rugged ute underpinnings, the Everest is a feat of engineering that feels remarkably well-behaved on a daily drive while offering go-anywhere abilities when sealed roads stop.

    The Everest is offered with a choice of two engines, depending on how high up the range you’re planning to move.

    The majority of the Everest range picks up a 2.0-litre bi-turbo four-cylinder diesel unit that kicks out at a very healthy 154kW of power and 500Nm of torque to the wheels via a slick ten-speed automatic transmission.

    Performance with the 2.0-litre bi-turbo is great, more than meeting the benchmarks of its main rivals like helping to keep fuel economy figures at a very impressive level.

    For buyers looking for some more power, Ford also offers a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel that produces 184kW of power and 600Nm of torque which is a peach of an engine and makes for more lively acceleration, effortless towing and powerful off-roading.

    Around town, the Everest is incredibly well-mannered for a ute-based SUV, gliding around smoothly while offering a lightweight steering rack that makes low-speed turns and parking a simple task.

    Pick up the pace and the suspension irons out bumps without an issue, though the ride quality does suffer with the larger alloys as you step up higher into the range.

    On country roads, the suspension package makes light work of rough surfaces and potholes, proving itself very comfortable on B-roads.

    At highway speeds, the Everest is super refined and offers a quiet, comfortable cabin that makes it a great long-distance tourer with little in the way of sacrifices that make it one of the best in the segment for driving versatility and comfort.

    All up, the Everest is a difficult vehicle to fault when it comes to driving comfort, offering a super comfortable and stable platform that is user-friendly around town, stable at high speeds and confident when the going gets tough.

    Is the Ford Everest a Good Off-Road & Towing SUV?

    The Ford Everest range is an exceptionally good off-road SUV, especially when you consider how comfortable and well-mannered the platform is on a daily drive around town.

    Of course, if you’re looking to head off-road regularly, you’ll want to opt for the Everest 4x4 range, which picks up must-have features like a two-speed transfer case, an electronic locking rear differential and a range of bespoke off-road driving modes.

    Below you can find the Everest’s off-road driving credentials that prove it’s one of the most accomplished body-on-frame SUVs on the market.

    • Ground Clearance: 229mm

    • Wading Depth: 800mm

    • Approach Angle: 30.4 degrees

    • Departure Angle: 25.3 degrees

    • Brakeover Angle: 25.3 degrees

    Below you’ll find the Everest’s gross vehicle mass, gross combination mass and payload figures that prove it’s one of the leading options for Aussies looking to tow heavy loads.

    • Gross Vehicle Mass: 3150kg

    • Gross Combination Mass: 6250kg

    • Maximum Payload: 741kg 

    What is the Ford Everest’s Braked Towing Capacity?

    All members of the Ford Everest range, including those with the entry-level four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine have braked towing capacity figures of 3500kg.

    This means even the most affordable Everest variant meets benchmark towing figures of 3500kg which makes it a great option for towing boats and caravans with confidence on a weekend or long-distance trip around Australia.

    Is it Fuel Efficient?

    While Ford’s engine range offers extremely generous power and torque figures, the company has done well to combine this power with some serious fuel efficiency.

    Official figures put fuel economy at between 7.1L/100km in the most efficient 4x2 members of the Everest range, increasing up to 8.5L/100km in 4x4s powered by the 3.0-litre V6.

    • Everest Ambiente 4x2: 7.1L/100km

    • Everest Ambiente 4x4: 7.2L/100km

    • Everest Trend 4x4: 7.2L/100km

    • Everest Sport 4x2: 7.1L/100km

    • Everest Sport 4x4: 8.5L/100km

    • Everest Platinum 4x4: 8.5L/100km 

    Is it Practical and Spacious?

    The latest Ford Everest range is a strong performer when put to the test, with its practical and spacious platform making it a great option for large Aussie families.

    Up front, there’s a super spacious cabin that offers a tonne of headroom for tall drivers, with its high-tech layout putting a number of its key rivals to shame, and tall roofline adding the sense of space while aiding visibility.

    The Everest’s dash houses a large, vertically-mounted infotainment display that tops some physical dials for the climate controls which maintains a clean and simple switchgear layout.

    Storage options in the front of the cabin include a large storage tray sitting behind the gear lever, a pair of cupholders, a flat shelf in front of the passenger seat, a large glovebox, storage inside the armrest and a pair of bottle holders on each door.

    Opting for the Trend or above also adds a clever upper glovebox design that adds even more storage to the cabin, though it would be nice to see this bundled in with the base model.

    Move to the second row and there’s tonnes of space for even adults to get comfortable in the back of the Everest, with no complaints for headroom, cabin width or access to the inbuilt ISOFIX anchors and top tether mounts.

    The Everest’s second row receives a clever slide and recline function that allows you to lay back and relax or make some room for those seated in the third row.

    It’s worth noting that the base Everest Ambiente comes with a five-seat layout as standard, with a seven-seat format remaining an optional extra.

    Third-row accommodation in the Everest is pretty impressive, with enough space for adults to sit back there when necessary thanks to a decent amount of headroom, meaning you won’t hear many complaints from kids sitting in the back.

    How Big is the Ford Everest’s Boot?

    The Ford Everest has a boot measuring in at 259L behind the third row with seven seats in action, expanding to 898L when accommodating five people.

    Fold the second row down and you’ll unlock a total of 1823L of boot space, making the Everest a heavy hitter when it comes to cargo volumes and lugging around bulky gear.

    Is it Safe?

    The Ford Everest is one of the most technologically advanced SUVs for safety equipment, even in the base model, which is a particularly nice touch for price-conscious buyers.

    As standard, the Everest range boasts forward and reverse autonomous emergency braking, lane departure alerts with lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, post-impact braking, driver attention alerts, a rear-view camera with front & rear parking sensors and nine airbags.

    Does the Ford Everest Have an ANCAP Safety Rating?

    The Ford Everest range has been awarded full marks from ANCAP, scoring a five-star safety rating from testing in 2022 where it scored the following marks.

    • Adult Occupant Protection: 86%

    • Child Occupant Protection: 93%

    • Vulnerable Road User Protection: 74%

    • Safety Assist: 86%

    What Warranty Does the Ford Everest Come With?

    Ford offers the Everest range with a five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty, with capped-price servicing on offer for the first five services.

    Service intervals for the Ford Everest range stand at 12 months or 15,000km, whichever elapses first.

    Our Verdict: Is the Ford Everest Worth it?

    All things considered, the Ford Everest is one of the most impressive members of the large, body-on-frame SUV segment and does not disappoint no matter how closely you point the microscope.

    On a daily drive, the Everest is comfortable, while its Ranger underpinnings make it a beast for towing and when the going gets tough, with tonnes of interior space and technology to keep the family comfortable and safe on long journeys.

    If you’re looking to upgrade to a new car, be sure to reach out to one of our car-buying experts who can help find you the best possible price.

    Five Ford Everest Specs You Need to Know

    1. Five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty

    2. Two turbo-diesel engines available with a choice of 4x2 and 4x4 systems

    3. 3500kg braked towing figures across the range

    4. 7.1 - 8.5L/100km fuel economy figures

    5. Five-star ANCAP safety rating


    Alexi Falson

    Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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