We try four-wheel driving and mostly fail miserably, we didn't crash though!


HERE at Street Machine we’re all about going fast, burning rubber and making lots of noise. Drag racing, burnouts and the occasional blatt along a country road is our thing. So what would we be like at four-wheel driving, a sport that requires slow movements, careful inputs and a whole heap of patience? Yep, we were like fish out of water.

Over the Christmas holidays I was lent by the nice people at Ford their Everest SUV. It’s basically a Ranger pick-up underneath but with a wagon body on top and a coil-spring rear end. It still has a 3.2-litre turbodiesel five-cylinder motor, solid rear end and four-wheel drive with low-range mode – all the essentials for a decent off-road car.

So while I had a four-wheel drive I thought I might as well take it off road – in my area particularly, jacked-up Jeeps, Nissan Patrols and pick-ups have become extremely popular among youths, suggesting off-road driving might actually be quite popular. So I thought while I have a four-wheel drive I might as well try it out for myself. It would be a good test of the Everest – could two idiots with zero four-wheel driving experience go out into the bush for a day and survive without breaking anything?

While I had the Everest some people assumed this was the replacement for the locally-built Ford Territory SUV, but in terms of off-road ability a Territory wouldn’t stand a chance against the Everest – nor the terrain we ended up finding ourselves on.


  • The Trend 4×4 Automatic version we drove costs $62,990
  • The 3.2-litre turbodiesel makes 143Kw and 470Nm
  • Feels like a big, solid car on the road
  • The lane-keep assistance will physically steer the car by itself to stay within the lane markings – great fun
  • The stereo is absolutely awesome
  • Heaps of space in the boot, but the back seat isn’t that big
  • Pretty good off-road, even with no prior experience we made it through a pretty tricky track