Ford’s 2023 Everest Sport: Power, Style, Off-Road Excellence

  • Striking Design: The 2023 Ford Everest 2.0 BiTurbo 4×4 Sport boasts a menacing black exterior with bold 20-inch alloys.
  • Power and Performance: Equipped with a 2.0L twin-turbodiesel engine, it accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 9.85 seconds.
  • Cabin Comfort and Capability: The interior features a 12-inch touchscreen, superior headroom, and off-road-ready 4WD system.

When it comes to the world of SUVs, the South African market has seen its fair share of contenders. Ford, a prominent player in this arena, has recently added a new jewel to its crown, the 2023 Everest 2.0 BiTurbo 4×4 Sport. With its intriguing combination of power, style, and off-road prowess, this offering is poised to stir the SUV scene. We delve deep into what this new model brings to the table and whether it’s the right choice for the discerning driver.

A Striking Presence

The Ford Everest 2.0 BiTurbo 4×4 Sport grabs your attention from the first glance. Dressed in a shimmering black paint finish, this SUV exudes an air of sophistication and authority. The “murdered out” look, as enthusiasts would say, is achieved through black trim and matching 20-inch alloys. The bracket-shaped LEDs provide a striking contrast, breaking the monotony of the black and adding a touch of modernity.

Specifications
Engine2.0-litre twin-turbodiesel
Power/Torque154 kW / 500 Nm
Transmission10-speed automatic
0-100 kph9.85 seconds (tested)
Fuel Consumption7.5 L/100 km (claimed)

Cabin Comfort and Design

Slide into the driver’s seat, and the Everest Sport continues to impress. The interior reflects the R1-million price tag, combining predominantly black finishes with premium touches. The centerpiece is a 12-inch “tablet-style” touchscreen infotainment system, paired with an 8-inch digital instrument cluster. This combination ensures that both technology and information are at your fingertips. The cabin’s atmosphere is upscale, managing to be sophisticated without being overly sombre.

The Everest Sport boasts the same practicality and configuration as the Platinum variant. However, keen eyes will notice some intriguing differences. The absence of the dual-panel moonroof grants superior headroom to both the first and second rows, a definite advantage for taller passengers. The seats, though partial leather, provide a comfortable and refined experience.

Cabin Features
12-inch touchscreen infotainment8-inch digital instrument cluster
Dual-zone climate controlWireless charging pad
Rear air-conditioning panelPower tailgate
Cross-traffic alertLane-keep assist

Performance and Efficiency

Under the bonnet, the Everest Sport houses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder twin-turbodiesel engine, generating an impressive 154 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque. This powerhouse is paired with a responsive 10-speed automatic transmission, propelling the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 9.85 seconds during testing. While the peak figures are slightly lower than its Platinum sibling’s 3.0-liter V6, they still hold their own when compared to rivals.

Off-road enthusiasts will appreciate the part-time electronic shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel-drive system, offering various modes including 2H, 4H, and 4L. The Sport’s performance is admirable in daily driving, with enough power to handle urban traffic as well as adventurous excursions.

Performance Highlights
0-100 kph9.85 seconds (tested)
Fuel Consumption7.5 L/100 km (claimed)
4WD SystemPart-time electronic shift-on-the-fly

The Verdict: A Well-Rounded Contender

The Ford Everest 2.0 BiTurbo 4×4 Sport emerges as a strong contender in the bustling SUV arena. While the Platinum version offers an even more comprehensive package, the Everest Sport fills a niche for those seeking a budget-friendly 7-seat adventure SUV without compromising on capabilities. The power, comfort, and off-road prowess make it a viable option for both urban commuters and weekend adventurers.

The choice between the Sport and Platinum versions ultimately depends on your priorities and preferences. With a price difference of “only” R150,000, the Platinum version presents a host of additional features that may be enticing. However, if you’re looking for a brand new off-road-capable 7-seater adventure SUV for around R1 million, the Everest Sport proves its worth against competitors like the Fortuner and MU-X.

In conclusion, Ford’s 2023 Everest 2.0 BiTurbo 4×4 Sport stands out as a compelling choice for South African drivers who crave both style and substance in their SUV. Its striking aesthetics, capable performance, and comfortable cabin make it a vehicle that commands attention both on and off the road. Whether you’re navigating city streets or embarking on a wilderness expedition, the Everest Sport is prepared to take you there in style.

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