Ford Everest 2021 Review: Basecamp off-road test
July 7, 2021
The Ford Everest 4WD-only BaseCamp is based on the mid-spec Trend variant, and is available with one of two diesel engines: a 143kW/470Nm 3.2-litre single-turbo five-cylinder or a 157kW/500Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder.
The Trend’s standard features list includes Ford’s SYNC 3 multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8.0-inch full-colour touchscreen and 10-speaker audio system, leather-accented seat trim, an eight-way power driver’s seat and a leather-trimmed gear shifter, keyless entry and push-button start, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, and dual-zone climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, hands-free power tailgate and more.
The Trend has AEB with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep aid, traffic sign recognition, hill descent control, and more.
The BaseCamp edition comes standard with adventure-ready extras beyond Trend spec, such as a 76mm black nudge bar, LED light bar, a snorkel, and a Rhino Rack roof-top storage platform and a Rhino Rack Sunseeker awning. It also has distinctive ‘BaseCamp’ decals.
The interior is spacious and functional with easy-to-read instrument displays and the clear Sync3 screen, and life-friendly hard-plastic surfaces and comfort-friendly soft-touch areas. The Ford Everest Basecamp has seven seats: driver, front passenger, and then a 60:40 split-fold seat back second row, and a 50:50 split-fold seat back third row. The second- and third-row seats can be manually deployed or stowed away. The driver’s seat is six-way power adjustable, and the front passenger seat is four-way manually adjustable.
Boot space in this seven-seat version of the Everest is a claimed 249 litres (VDA) with all seats up and in use; 876L with the third-row seats down; and 1796L with the second row down.
The BaseCamp is 4903mm long (with a 2850mm wheelbase), 2180mm wide (1869mm with the wing mirrors tucked in), 1837mm high, and has a listed kerb weight of 2437kg. It is a substantial size, but the Everest always feels quite nimble in different scenarios, largely due to its precise and well-weighted steering.
The Everest in all variants is an impressive large SUV wagon – it’s more than capable and comfortable – and the BaseCamp treatment simply adds to that appeal.
However, does it make sense to buy something like a BaseCamp, rather than kit-out your own Everest via the aftermarket? Well, yes it does, if convenience is your priority in this case. But, no, if you’d prefer to source your own aftermarket gear and customise your Everest to suit you and your particular needs.
As is the case with many of these accessorised vehicles marketed as “ready for adventure”, keen off-roaders may prefer to cherry-pick aftermarket accessories and custom-design their own vehicle, but for others the BaseCamp provides an attractive entry-point into the adventure travel lifestyle.