The Sync infotainment system puts the world at your fingertips. Picture: MARK SMYTH
The Sync infotainment system puts the world at your fingertips. Picture: MARK SMYTH

Our long-term Ford Everest has been doing a grand job in the urban environment over the past month.

Mainly it has been doing the commute, the school run and the usual weekend family duties, but it has not put a foot wrong in any of the things that most of us do on a daily or weekly basis.

The engine continues to impress with its instant response but it has been a little frustrating on occasions when you need a bit of power up hills.

Find yourself in slower moving traffic and it can take an age to get from 100km/h to the speed limit. Sometimes it refuses to drop a gear and as much as you want more power, there is nothing there. In those instances, sliding the gearstick across to Sport or even manual mode rectifies the problem and you can override the computer.

The level of ride comfort is excellent, with little of the body roll that so often affects big SUVs. What would be nice is some kind of active pitch control, although that would be good on a number of competitors such as the Toyota Fortuner and Chevrolet Trailblazer too. You do get it on luxury SUVs but you pay a higher price. Having it would prevent that nose-dive when you have to brake.

Digital displays provide a wealth of information. Picture: MARK SMYTH
Digital displays provide a wealth of information. Picture: MARK SMYTH

What I am most enjoying though is the digitalisation in the Everest. The menus either side of the speedo provide plenty of information, including our fuel consumption history (which as you will see from the picture needs working on) and such things as telephone contacts, audio info and more. It is not so long ago we only found consumption history in a Prius, or an instrument cluster display of phone contacts in a Jag. So much is filtering down from upper models so fast that we wonder just what will be in a base model in a few years’ time.

This brings me to the Sync infotainment system. Connected to my phone, it enables me to use the music on my phone or my preferred music streaming service. Even using an international streaming service displays the playlist choice, track info and options to browse.

Now if only our cellphone companies would stop ripping us off for data so I don’t find myself getting an SMS by the 10th of the month telling me my data has run out already, again.

Streaming my favourite music does make the commute more enjoyable and there is no arguing that the latest generation of infotainment systems makes us more connected than ever. Sync can even read text messages and connect to Wi-Fi. So far we have not delved into its apps, but we will get to that.

So, overall, the Everest is doing a fine job and apart from the odd moment of frustration at the lack of power, it continues
to prove to be a great seven-seater SUV.

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