Drive – SsangYong Kyron Review

21 Dec 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Drive – SsangYong Kyron Review

Bruce Newton

Make Model KYRON Series XDI,X200 XDI T-Tronic Series 2006 Body Group 4WD

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One for the back seat

It has only been selling in Australia independently for the last of years, but SsangYong has been in one form or another dating to 1996.

That was when the SUV was sold through Mercedes-Benz Later on it was part of the Daewoo

These days, SsangYong is alone and making a good of it. It has made a quiet return a range that includes a cab version of the Musso, the Korando and the Rexton mid-size SUV.

And the just keeps expanding, the addition being the Kyron. only slightly smaller in and wheelbase than the Rexton and a reasonably strong family But the Kyron seats only while the Rexton can take passengers.

The Kyron has also been only with the 2.0-litre engine tested here. But it soon add the 2.7-litre turbo-diesel and petrol engines used by the

Pricing is a significant separator the two SsangYong SUVs. The Kyron at $34,490 in standard five-speed form, climbing to the $37,490 for the supplied five-speed auto semi-manual mode that has tested here.

At that you#8217;re still $2000 the starting price for Rexton,#160; climbs as high as $49,990. equipment for both Kyrons air-conditioning, dual airbags, brakes (without EBD or BAS support), alloy wheels, foglights, parking sensors, a leather wheel, single CD audio and racks. It#8217;s worth that and cruise control comes with the auto.

aren#8217;t many sub-$40,000 that offer the Kyron#8217;s off-road ability. That via traditional means rather the latest techno wizardry. a separate chassis, a live axle, part-time #8216;shift on the four-wheel drive and low range

Considering that it#8217;s no that progressing slowly lumpy ground is where is most at home. Then its steering, long travel and soft and tall suspension make lots of sense. All creates insulation for the driver and rather than the annoying jerkiness that tauter provide in such circumstances.

But back to faster gravel or bitumen and the Kyron#8217;s sheen thin. The looseness that so well in 4WD conditions doesn#8217;t here. The steering wheel#8217;s 3.6 lock-to-lock makes parking a #8211; thanks be for those sensors #8211; while the is lumpy and the rear-end tends to around on rougher roads.

also quickly becomes

The pity of that is passengers are pretty well looked within the Kyron#8217;s ample The seats are flat, but big, and is plenty of room in the second row to fit two passengers. The 60/40 bench split-folds almost flat to massive storage space will easily consume a bicycle.

Up-front the look is basic and the #8216;SsangYong Motor#8217; stamped in the console is a bit off-putting. But the build is okay, the simple cruise and audio buttons on the steering are positives. By contrast, the remote locking #8216;plipper#8217; is an annoying because you#8217;re never sure if it#8217;s done the job or

The drivetrain is undoubtedly the most aspect of Kyron. The engine is by SsangYong and features intercooling, third generation common direct injection, double camshafts and four-valves per-cylinder. results in 104kW at 4000rpm and between 1800rpm and 2750rpm.

from being somewhat at cold start-up and displaying a more lag and little less rev-ability than some of the designs from Europe, is a good engine. It#8217;s no but it does combine nicely the intuitive auto.

For urban the auto would be an option ticking if you can afford the extra Off-road, turbo-diesel torque it a better choice than capacity petrol engines.

The official fuel consumption seems a bit optimistic at 8.6L/100km for the manual), but even if the real turns up high nines to low 10, a good result for a near-2.0 SUV. An 80-litre tank you#8217;ll travel a fair way refills.

What#8217;s not so good is the engine#8217;s disappointing 2.0 star of five) Green Vehicle rating. That#8217;s driven by its 1.5 out of 10 for air pollution emissions (particulates, oxide etcetera). Many don#8217;t do much better. But not

The VW Group 2.0 TDI, for example, 3.5 stars.

Which brings us to our rating of the Kyron. For most its weighting toward off-road will rule it out as their SUV choice. There are better like the Toyota RAV4 and Grand Vitara if the city and are your driving routine.

But if getting off the bitumen and into the is a significant part of your then the Kyron might The keys are its low range gearing and engine, both quite below $40,000 in SUVs.

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Price and equipment

Rating: 3.0 out of 5

The Kyron#8217;s pricing slots it the heart of the compact soft-roader against the likes of the RAV4 and X-Trail. It has no significant equipment in a safety or comfort sense, from rear parking (and it needs them it#8217;s hard to see out of). Its big is being one of very few SUVs $40,000 with a turbo-diesel and proper 4WD system.

Under the

Rating: 3.0 out of 5 stars

The 2.0-litre is a new SsangYong four-cylinder design employs double overhead 16-valves, common rail injection and intercooling. While responsive it is also noisy at and – according to the Green Guide – too dirty. A manual transmission is standard, but the sourced five-speed auto is the choice.

How it drives

Rating: 2.0 out of 5 stars

its separate chassis underpinnings is a traditional 4WD wagon design and it like it on-road. Lots of a jumpy, rattling ride on surfaces and loose steering do not a lot of confidence. Around town the big wheel, turning circle and visibility make Kyron work.

Comfort and practicality

2.5 out of 5 stars

Two adults will no trouble fitting in either or second row. Behind is plenty of room for their too. The bench seat folds down nearly to accommodate big, awkward like bicycles.

Unfortunately, the ride quality hurts the level appreciably.

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