We noted that compared to the Everest flagship’s burly 147k W/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder engine, the 118k W/385Nm 2.2 four-cylinder was capable of solid cruising pace without any fireworks, but we weren’t so sure how it would cope with a heavy load strapped to its back.
So when the Everest 2.2 TDCi came our way for a full road test a couple of weeks ago, we decided to put it to work. We piled in six people, strapped a Sprite Splash caravan to its towbar, filled the Sprite with all six peoples’ luggage, and schlepped the whole lot to the Drakensberg for a camping trip.
It comes with an offroad package including selectable four-wheel drive, low range, four terrain modes (Normal, Rock Crawl, Mud, Sand), 225mm ground clearance and a generous 800mm wading depth.
The 2.2 XLS also comes in a two-wheel drive version retailing at R458 900.
On our trip to and from the Drakensberg there were no more issues with engine lights or limp modes, despite the vehicle being far more heavily laden.
The 39-year-old adds: “It was just the emotions of the game - sometimes it happens.
But I was just concerned about my player as he had just come back from injury and I know how hard he had worked to get back on the pitch.
The backrest angles of the middle row can also be adjusted for comfort.
That third row is ideally for younger children, but our teens managed to survive the long trip without asking “are we there yet? Middle and rear seat passengers get their own air vents and climate controls, so from a temperature point of view everyone was a happy camper.
The Everest 2.2 delivers no high-performance fireworks but is capable of an honest day’s work, even when loaded to the max.