October 15, 2021 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Isabel N. Delos Reyes

2021 Ford Everest Sport 4×2

A Compelling Lifted 7-seater Wagon

A couple of weeks ago, Ford Philippines, through their Ogilvy Media Relations Manager Jasper Castro sent me a message with an intriguing opportunity to experience the Ford Everest Sport under a very specific criterion.

“What music do you listen to when you’re out driving? You probably already have a rotation of songs that are near and dear to you. Some songs you may just like, some songs speak to your soul, and some songs have memories you’ll never forget. Though we may all have different personal tastes, our personal tastes universally reveal so much about us.

Banking on that idea, we hope to bring you and your kids together on a road trip that uses Spotify’s “Blended Playlist” feature that enables you to combine your musical tastes. Equipped with the Ford Everest, a legendary playlist, stories to tell, and a budget for a drive through meal, you can cross that generational gap.”

We joyfully agreed since we are mostly stuck at home like most people, when we are not reviewing test vehicles, and we haven’t been able to test the Ford Everest Sport variant as it was launched around the time of the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic outbreak with dealership releases beginning last May 2020.

So, over the course of a week of testing combined with the Blended Playlist road trip, these are the salient points as a result:

First the Playlist. Our 7-year-old son Zakary has an eclectic ear for music. He prefers to listen to adult music from mostly the 80’s with a sprinkle of modern current hit songs. So, we had no issues listening to our mutually enjoyed music on our roadtrip that included these music selections that he personally chose:  Blueberry Eyes featuring Suga of BTS, Just an Illusion by Imagination, Shout to the Top by Style Council, all the music from the Trolls and Sing movies, and all the hit songs of Rick Astley! That was a fun treat for all of us as we did the roadtrip as a complete household with our driver Junior at the helm, Zakary’s beloved Nanny Meckey in the front passenger seat, with Isabel and Zakary in the second row, and with me bringing up the rear in the third-row with my personal pizza by my side!

The third-row of the Ford Everest model range is still currently the most spacious and most usable in its class for adults even with the stripped-down Sport variant. The upcoming all-new T6.2-chassis Everest and Ranger models will certainly be awesome and much awaited! The Sport model in its Deep Crystal Blue exterior color combined with unique black front grille, darkened headlight assembly, black front and rear bumper trim, black wheels, and black rear trunk garnish, is actually the best-looking model in the family. And the fact that it actually has the least equipment in the model range, with the least weight, it feels the most nimble on the road with the most crisp steering response in the family.

Ironically, because of the Blended Playlist exercise, the standard 8-speaker system exposed its audio quality deficiencies compared to the exemplary 11-speaker system found in the Titanium models that also come with off-line navigation.

So, if it weren’t for the looming specter of generational model replacement, I reckon that I would love to configure an Everest Titanium 4×4 featuring the awesome more powerful twin-turbo turbodiesel but dechromed using all the black-exterior special Sport trim.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1996 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 16V
Fuel Injector Direct Injection Intercooled Turbodiesel
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 178 bhp @ 3500 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 310 lb-ft @ 1750-2500 rpm
Transmission 10-Speed AT

Performance

Top Speed 186 km/h (116 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 10.3 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 14.2 km/L overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 1,928,000.00
What's Great Best looking in the family range! The best handling and steering Everest. Versatility. Packaging. Spacious.
What's Not So New Generation Coming. Would be an even better Sport model if it used the Twin-turbo engine combined with the better 11-speaker infotainment system with navigation. Future third-row seats should have standard ISOFIX mounts.
C! Editors Rating 8.5/10
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