SsangYong Actyon Sports Ute (or) Finding Religion Review | AnyAuto

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SsangYong Actyon

Sports Ute Finding Religion Review

just spent a week at the of a mid-spec bargain-basement SsangYong 4#215;4 D-Cab Sports @ $34,990 (drive away) and I away with mixed found the lord, upset drivers and had some fun – well of.

How good is it?

Let’s check it out

the wheel

Once behind the you notice that steeply bonnet disappears out of site; you do have a brilliant and commanding of the road ahead. The interior is a harsh with hard and a no-frills but practical design and Control layout is a little with large circular of buttons for minor functions and a that is on the left of the transmission and the are on the left of the steering column.

The Actyon boasts plenty of spaces inside the cabin and has an feeling of space. Actyon#8217;s tray is not the biggest around at in fact it looks and is short to most rivals, but is wider and than most.

Performance (I god)

Under the sheet the Actyon is not a bad thing. Our vehicle with the third-generation, 2.0-litre rail turbo diesel 104kW of power and 310Nm of from 1800rpm. This is run an optional 6-speed automatic sourced from Australian Drive train Systems

The performance of its two-litre, Mercedes-sourced engine is sadly let down by lag the electronically controlled turbo. is a gamble and it#8217;s best to for wide-open gaps, approach a and spot the gap, push the go pedal and nothing happens, you swearing, praying and shouting on come on”, and then you off just when it’s too late. So start praying for of room on the right and start politely to the drivers behind you as blast away with horns wondering why you haven’t

The turbo lag is dangerous in the city and at less than 45km/h or the revs fewer than brings out an uneasy throttle and it#8217;s evident that vehicle needs the engine to be high in its rev band or cruising at 60km/h or above. However are no problems cruising at highway and one big plus for the ute is it#8217;s a very, quiet oil-burner.

We ventured on some fairly serious (see below) and the 4WD system well and can be switched on the fly from to four-high or four-low and makes ute perform like a proper off-road. Engine braking too bad either.


On road ride is above Ute standards thanks to a coil-sprung rear axle. handling suffers a bit from under steer and cornering is by body roll. The steering is light but does lack a of feel.

There’s none of the tail-happiness that afflicts other Ute and although it gets and a little noisy over bitumen. Despite being and pinion the Actyon’s steering is not with virtually no communication what’s happening at the road

The Actyon has some off-road – a front that is too low for serious conditions, as well as a low ramp and average departure angle. On tracks I found the vehicle#8217;s body touching down too and too easily. It sits just off the dirt.

However, don’t dismiss the just yet. While it not make the start of most 4WD rallies, however it does a job off-road.


The cabin is and spacious in the front; the driver#8217;s can be adjusted in just about direction to suit body both big and small. I found the seats quite comfy but are minor legroom issues for in the rear seats, evidenced by from every single #8211; including my kids.

The radio/CD, climate controls and cluster are well laid out and all easy to read. The radio can be controlled by buttons on the steering as can the sport shift auto via and right buttons located at the top of the I found my knee rubbing the centre stack which was a bit


The Actyon isn’t a slouch it comes to towing the odd trailer. The rate is 2.3 tonne and with 4WD it can slippery conditions, while the comes in handy for your loads and comes with 4 tie points and a washable vinyl


The transmission in most is a five-speed manual, but the SsangYong 4#215;4 D-Cab Sports we came with a six-speed transmission with sports as standard. The Sports models have tilt-adjustable leather wheel, cruise control the automatic option, levelling to compensate for loads in the back, with shift on the fly capability on the fly on the fly capability.


Despite four channel ABS, and front passenger SRS air bags, load limiters and pre tensioners, seatbelt height adjustment, 3 seat anchorage points, steering column and reverse sensors the ute only scored 3 stars. The Actyon Sports Ute badly in the offset crash with the passenger compartment excessive floor deformation and intrusion.


Out on the open road it me with its highway speed Ride is well above Ute thanks to a five-link coil-sprung axle, around town it like two-tonne 4WD Ute with bad lag. The Actyon Sports Ute is no oil in the looks department.

However if looking for a ute that has reasonable comfortable, good fuel reasonably good fit and finish and a price, it is worth putting on shopping list.

What is and not so good?

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