Guide to Ford Everest in South Africa

Making it to the top of the highly competitive SUV segment in South Africa can be compared to climbing Mount Everest, with solid competition against the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and the Isuzu MU-X. However, the Ford Everest certainly lives up to its name, offering a tough, capable, and versatile SUV.

Built on the platform of their highly successful Ford Ranger bakkie, the Everest SUV is a stylish and capable vehicle designed to endure the tough terrain of South Africa and cruise around the most luxurious regions of the country.

A brief history of Ford Everest

The Ford Everest was unveiled in 2003 to international markets. Known in India as the Ford Endeavour, the Everest took its design from the Ford Ranger bakkie. Rather bulky and square, the first model showcased Ford's new pathway into the SUV market.

The second-generation Ford Everest was launched in 2006 and was the first Everest model available in South Africa, while the third generation was released in 2015. Both featured similar styling to the Ranger bakkie, continuing with the square design features.

Ford Everest details

Designed to look at home on a 4X4 track and in an office park, the Ford Everest is a vehicle for almost any occasion. The spacious interior offers occupants great levels of comfort and the cabin is furnished in leather with neat trim detailing.

The Everest doesn't skimp on electronics, coming standard with Ford's Active Park Assist and a large infotainment system screen that dominates the fascia, connecting to media via Bluetooth or USB.

If adventure sparks your interest, the Ford Everest caters for that as well with a highly capable 4WD terrain management system and an electronic-locking rear differential to help tackle the toughest terrains.

The new base Ford Everest model is fitted with a 2.0 L bi-turbo petrol engine producing 157 kW and 500 Nm of torque with a combined fuel economy of 7.6 L/100 km. Power is managed through a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

Buying a Ford Everest

Ford Everest models are available at Ford South Africa and Ford-accredited dealerships across the country. Ford South Africa also offers in-house credit financing products to help customers pay for their dream car.

Ford's Instalment Sale provides customers with flexible payment terms and owners can choose a fixed or linked interest rate, 24- to 72-month terms, and an option to add a balloon payment. The current entry level Ford Everest XLS 2.2 6MT 2WD retails from R467,100.

Alternatively you can compare prices using our online car comparison tool.

Ford Everest warranty

Ford offers extensive motor warranties on current Everest models: a four-year/120,000 km standard warranty, a corrosion warranty valid for five years/unlimited km, and roadside assistance for three years/unlimited km. Ford Everest service plans are valid for six years/90,000 km

Dealerships and Ford-accredited service centres across the country are held to Ford's Genuine Parts Guarantee which sees them promise each of their branches only use genuine Ford parts for their services.

Ford Everest insurance

Ford South Africa offers various vehicle protection policies including Vehicle Insure, Credit Protection, Extended Cover, and Deposit Protector through Ford-accredited agents at select car dealerships in South Africa. You can compare the car insurance quote they give you with what other insurers are offering at to get the best deal.

Ford is listed among the highest-risk automotive brands for theft in South Africa, according to the Ctrack Vehicle Theft Report. This will be taken into account when you apply for a Ford Everest car insurance quote and could negatively impact your monthly premium. That doesn't mean you can't get a competitive quote though; compare quotes using the car insurance comparison tool online and you may find a deal that suits your pocket.

Prices quoted are correct at the time of publishing this article. The information in this article is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as financial, legal, or medical advice.