Ssangyong Actyon Sport – Leisure Wheels

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Ssangyong Actyon Sport

In a segment where the American look is becoming dominant, the – the name given to SsangYong#8217;s double cab – also plots its own with a rather unique of what a leisure bakkie look like

Ssangyong#8217;s to fame is making some of the outrageously styled four-wheelers, are often greeted with a of incredulity normally reserved for a encounter with Martians.

The is no exception, though the hilarity associated with the hearse-like doesn#8217;t apply, and in many the Actyon hangs together well in the looks department – the fact that it is futuristic, and daring.

In effect, SsangYong has the front end of the wagon and added a to it, dropping 320mm into the at the same time. It now measures shy of five metres and has a 3060mm

With its striking countenance, flanks and stylish rear a fashionable single release for the hidden under a garish it certainly attracted many Not all of them were admiring, but a soul didn#8217;t at least a gander.

A good percentage of canvassed really liked the that it was so unusual, and so sleek. The incidentally, is a combination of #8220;action#8221; and and it is wholly appropriate: there another four-door bakkie looks anything like it. It is from many angles.

A steeply raked windscreen and front valance with fog lights are key features, as are sharp-edged clusters and a deep-set grille.

and door handles are colour-coded, and the impression is of a leisure vehicle than a utilitarian one – apart the practical, black plastic

Features and equipment

The Sport its entire drivetrain with the This means a 2,0 litre, turbodiesel with an impressive 104 kW, and an outstanding 310 Nm of torque – but at a highish r/min.

Chassis underpinnings are the too: the front is suspended on springs and wishbones, the rear a live axle.

The similarity right down to the tyres: modest 225/75s on 16-inch

Being based on a passenger the Sport also boasts dual front airbags and seatbelts. Other stand-out are a heated rear window, mirrors that are both adjustable and heated, and central incorporating the tailgate.

The four-wheel-drive is pretty much standard except that the transition 2H to 4H and on to 4L is managed electronically, via a dashboard switch (which proved slow to confirm the driver#8217;s and not an auxiliary gear lever. And we high and low for a differential lock eventually reaching the conclusion there isn#8217;t one.


With a long and a stubby load box (1466mm – 250mm shy of the class average) the promise of good cabin And the front is especially roomy, space to stretch out in all planes. The seat should suit a variety of human forms.

an adjuster for the front and rear of the and a control to alter the amount of support.

Passengers also a lot to be pleased about, and getting in and out of the rear is easy. While doesn#8217;t quite match of the Hilux and Navara, it comfortably the likes of Hardbody, Drifter/Ranger and KB. The seating position is semi-reclined, and

Headroom isn#8217;t quite so but there#8217;s still more enough for six-footers. An armrest can be down to separate the outer who get retractable three-point belts, the person in the middle.

While are electric windows all round, the proportioned rear glass slide open and the rear doesn#8217;t flip up to provide utility space if there are than three occupants.

Elasticised, netted storage are fitted to the back of both seats, with a tiny compartment in the rear face of the console.

Storage in front is a bit of a bag: there#8217;s a decent between the seats, but the moulded in a lidded compartment aft of the gear are more useful as coin A recess in the dash, below the tuner/CD, is useful for a cellphone or A slot for a credit card in the visor, a tensioned plastic against the windscreen for displaying a card and a sunglasses case in the are all worth having.

The same to the 12V outlet in the passenger#8217;s footwell.

satellite controls for the sound are laid in two arcs on the height-adjustable wheel. The three dials for the control – which proved to be moderately effective – are big and well A battery of knobs stacked on the hangdown centre section themselves to be dummy switches, the exception of the aforementioned transfer control.

First impression of the is of a layout that is rather (the geometry may well been penned by an admirer of the tower of Pisa), but in reality it well enough, with the of those ugly blank

A solidly built tailgate to reveal a very deep, wide load box, some compensation for the short length. Measures of 1590mm in and 540mm in depth are impressive, and be ideal for a load of compost, so for the timber you might buy to construct a

Both the #8220;bak#8221; and the inner are lined with a reasonably black plastic moulding. sturdy retaining hooks are close to floor level, but aren#8217;t any tie-downs along the


The high torque is ultimately a telling factor in how the performs, and the Actyon (which weighs in at a hefty 1970kg the 75-litre tank brimmed) can be work to drive.

Those and tiring times are when in stop/start traffic on a 33- degree day trying to stay in the meat of the narrow powerband.

Being in the wrong gear is easy, but efforts to reduce the turbo lag of engine do show in the reasonable acceleration.

The story is better on the road, and the Sport is a confident turning about 3250 at a true 120 km/h (130 at which speed the engine is

We thought its 104 kW would help it on to than a 155km/h top speed, but its is ultimately the limiting factor, 4200 r/min on the tachometer 162 km/h on the speedo), flat

Fuel consumption at 120 km/h out to 9,7 per 100km (which, interestingly and was about half-a-litre per 100 thirstier the more aerodynamic five-door.

The Sport is unique in the segment in it has allwheel disc brakes, and it Stopping ability is excellent relatively narrow tyres, and we the amount of feel through the too.

Ride and handling

The use of springs for the rear suspension theoretically provide an advantage in the handling, and roadholding departments, and in situations this is indeed the

Over suburban speed the rear is quite plush, and the also feels soothing on tarmac, where there is in the way of tyre noise. Rough can make it feel jittery setting up a high frequency movement which will the rear to move off line.

pockmarked roads can be tackled enthusiastically thanks to the rack-and-pinion which provides good and feedback for this class of

And so to the off-road track#8230; oh dear, the plastic extremities under the and tail are early casualties, and the of diff lock means when a front and rear are both airborne, there#8217;s no through the open differentials. At there seems to be reasonable articulation, so fairly extreme twisters are needed before progress ends.

There#8217;s a very poor breakover and the Actyon rubs its belly up the terrain with little When the surface is loose or those tar-biased tyres – of the reason it stops so well – be sliding sideways across the

The Actyon Sport is a far better than the five-door version we two issues ago, and despite tested in slightly higher didn#8217;t suffer as much the turbo lag that besmirched the experience of its stable-mate.

Nevertheless, it is far perfect, and anyone planning on with it in high altitude, ambient conditions should the worst case scenario committing to purchase.

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