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The 2015 Ford Everest has received a five-star Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) safety rating, with a score of 35.98 from a possible 37. Tested here is the Trend 4×4 Auto model but the safety rating obtained applies to all other variants of the SUV as well.

Standard safety features found on the seven-seater Everest include a full range of airbags for the front driver and passenger, knee airbags for the driver, chest and head protection for the front and second row seats, while the third row seats gets head protection only. Electronic stability control (ESC), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), and seat belt reminders are all standard safety features as well.

The Everest managed to score 15.38 (out of a total of 16 points) and a maximum 16 points for the frontal offset and side impact tests, respectively. The SUV was also rated as ‘good’ for whiplash protection while pedestrian protection managed an ‘acceptable’ rating with 25.02 out of 36 points.

The second-generation Ford Everest made its ASEAN debut at this year’s Bangkok Motor Show. Built on the Ford Ranger’s T6 platform, the Everest was offered with a choice of 3.2 litre or 2.2 litre Duratorq diesel engines, along with a high level of refinement, which you can read about in our review of the seven-seater SUV here.

With the facelifted Ford Ranger making its local debut recently, the Everest is expected to join it shortly after, with a supposed three variants to choose from.