SsangYong Actyon SUV Hatchback & Sports twin-cab

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SsangYong Actyon SUV Hatchback twin-cab (May 2007)


What we liked

Frugal, diesel engine

Extra axle location, tough

Ute’s rear seat and increased payload

Not so much

manual transmission shift

poor luggage space

front styling

Overall (Sports twin-cab): 2.5/5.0

drivetrain and chassis: 2.5/5.0


Overall rating hatch): 2.0/5.0

Engine, and chassis: 2.5/5.0

Packaging and 2.0/5.0

Safety: 2.5/5.0

the wheel: 3.0/5.0


It is refreshing to find that is still room for new precedents in crowded market. For the first SsangYong has derived an SUV hatchback which looks like a previous generation Ford from some angles from a heavy-duty one-tonne ute.

The close relationship the two delivers a more rugged SUV usual and a more refined and twin-cab ute than expected. body styles start $29,990.

The badging of the range can be Both are called Actyon but it is the ute that wears the Sports not the ‘sportier’ looking hatchback. For the of this discussion, we will to the Actyon as the Actyon SUV hatch and the as the Sports ute.

Although the SUV hatch has a wide range of sub-$30,000 AWD Japanese models in its its full chassis, rear-drive/part-time extra width and ruggedness be further removed from its which are traditionally based on front-drive passenger cars.

For owners who need a compact runabout with serious road durability, better average offroad capabilities and grunt and economy, there are no to the Actyon SUV hatchback this of the larger Mitsubishi Pajero, Pathfinder and Toyota Prado.

The Sports ute is far closer to its rivals in and concept than its SUV derivative. its approach to rear seat including a more relaxed seat angle than (plus a huge boost in and load area over the Musso) delivers several advantages.

Its well-located five-link spring rear suspension delivers more stable over broken surfaces and a progressive ride than all of its leaf-sprung rivals.

The main to the new range’s acceptance is the big jump the ageing Musso models and the of cohesion in the appearance.

The poor equity and undeveloped marketing of the SsangYong brand is also a Each of these factors has behind the vehicles themselves have improved rapidly.

recently, styling has been most notably to UK’s Ken and Giugiaro’s ItalDesign for the Rexton. has now established its own design studio and the of styling has already commenced for a mainstream corporate look local SsangYong executives the company is committed to maintaining an edge.


a starter $29,990 pricetag for models is sure to get buyer the reality is that you can quickly close to $40,000 on either. equipment and drivetrain combinations are different for the SUV Hatch and Sports ute in to their equally different

Actyon SUV Hatch: All models part-time dual-range four-wheel with ‘on the fly’ engagement and there is a choice of or petrol engines.

Although the petrol model starts at the base diesel demands a premium. Even with the combined fuel figure of compared to the diesel’s 7.8, it take some time to this gap via fuel savings you had a specific application for the extra of the diesel such as towing). said, the refinement of the diesel the extra spend worthwhile.

A braked towing capacity is for this type of vehicle but it may not be with the petrol engine.

A engined Limited is available at but there is no diesel version. it would cross the $40,000 it is hard to imagine a market for it. is a $2000 option on all models and cruise control as standard, a not available on manual models even as an option.

For a base the SUV is not a bad deal and includes all-wheel brakes, 18-inch alloys, immobiliser, alarm, keyless front and rear fog lights, parking sensors, electric power mirrors, cloth trim, height-adjustable front belts, leather-bound steering with remote controls for the six sound system (with MP3 climate control air conditioning rear ducting, split-folding seat, dual front lights, overhead sunglass and reasonable in-cabin storage.

For the $7000, the Limited SUV adds extra airbags, ESP, descent control, electrically-adjustable front seats, leather sunroof, rain sensitive and headlight-levelling but the sound system the same single-disc system.

Sports Ute: Unlike the SUV, the utes are all diesel two grades, base and Limited as rear-wheel drive only or 4WD/rear-drive. All boast a 2300kg towing capacity and five-link spring rear suspension.

At the base 4X2 is a price stripper drum rear brakes and steel wheels but its standard tray liner, immobiliser, entry, alarm, front and mudflaps, front and rear fog full-size spare, electric power mirrors, woven seat trim, four-speaker CD system with steering controls and air-conditioning are better usual.

The 4X4 version adds to the price.

ABS is an option but it’s not Automatic transmission is a $2000 but brings standard cruise to all levels — again not on the manual models.

The Limited at $36,990 plus another for the 4X4 version. It brings ABS, disc brakes, 18-inch climate control with ducting, electrically-adjustable heated seats, reverse parking power folding mirrors, sensitive wipers and headlight-levelling and steering wheel.


the petrol and diesel engine Mercedes-Benz ancestry.

The A230 engine is a 2.3-litre four inline design with overhead camshafts that 110kW/5500rpm and 214Nm/3500. It is offered in the Actyon SUV Hatch which is as well when it hits the at 1870/1892kg as a base/Limited manual and as a base/Limited auto. In other — about the same as the versions of the current top-shelf Ghia or Holden Calais

This goes some way to for the six-cylinder thirst of 11.3 and for the manual and auto respectively.

The Xdi diesel is from the latest diesel family based on a Mercedes-Benz block. It is a common-rail running 1600bar injection with a variable geometry and delivers a healthy 104kW/4000rpm and

This engine generates fuel figures of 7.8 and 8.5lt/100km for the and auto SUV Hatch. Figures to 8.0 and 8.7 for the manual and auto versions of the ute which is approx 40-50kg than the SUV.

Transmissions the standard five-speed manual a Korean-built version of the old Borg-Warner T5 locally on older Commodores and

In this application, it is remarkably and quiet (thanks in part to the mass flywheel) but the shift is dreadful — even in it has almost the same sideways as the neutral gate of a quality manual transmission. Finding the gear takes a combination of and patience, both of which are in supply in modern traffic while trying to row the struggling engine along.

The automatic is the same Australian four-speed as fitted to the local base After years of development, it is the best of its type. Overhaul be cheap.

It is smooth and intuitive and the squiggly European-style selector works well.

With the of the diesel, the lack of ratios is not a big Alas when the petrol needs all the help it can get there are not enough ratios if some urge is required. Its six-speed (which will be built in the casing as the current four-speed) is due and get here soon enough.

are several other notable The platform chassis feels and very strong. It has a proper part-time four-wheel-drive system high and low range in all SUV Hatch and Sports ute 4X4 models (operated by a switch).

However, there is no limited slip diff.

The wishbone front suspension has an strut and arm that locates the spring away from the for extra travel. Steering is by the accurate rack and pinion The rear suspension features a live axle suspended hefty coil springs and by long lower trailing and short upper arms.

A Panhard rod provides further

The fitment of rear disc and ABS on all levels except the base Sports ute is unusual for this of vehicle where rear brakes still rule.

While the Actyon’s ride is not as high as some, there is of clearance and most components are by hefty chassis members. The view and structure of the vehicle underneath is one of its most impressive although some operators require extra skid


In the Actyon SUV’s its styling and packaging leave it as the one of its type with the choice of a diesel, a heavy-duty dual-range system and full platform

It also delivers tight for better offroad clearance but has left no space for a spare and tyre between the rear and rear bumper. In other a spare wheel is not supplied but in the addition of a temporary (but full size) spare has SsangYong to locate it above the axle line, lifting the compartment floor height to chest level for shorter This leaves a large of wasted space below the behind the rear axle and the impression that it was all too hard to

The SUV Hatch’s appearance is unusual to support a continental style housing pressed into the tailgate, for a similar effect to the Scenic RX4. This add vital luggage space is currently too heavily compromised for family applications.

By contrast, the of space in the Actyon Sports is as as its SUV stablemate is bad. A strong load bed with hefty outstanding rear seat for this type of vehicle and width make it a better work and family vehicle most.

Actyon SUV Hatch: The key to the range is its light truck point and a generous 1880mm when most of its compact SUV are tailored to Japan’s 1700mm width. Its turning circle is not bad for such a wide vehicle a driven front axle. It is on a wheelbase of 2740mm with overhangs for outstanding approach and angles.

This means you can in and out of a steep gully without the front or rear body A running clearance of 202mm is for this type of vehicle.

is a price to pay. Because the is mounted above a heavy chassis, the floor and seat are higher than usual may be an advantage for some. The optional steps may be useful.

As noted the spare wheel location is a Although the rear seats 60:40 to maximise the load loading a bicycle or similar object requires serious

The Actyon SUV is not without charm, with its commanding view of the stable wide-track stance and compact dimensions given its strength and large passenger The dash design is less than expected with laid-out controls and gauges.

is the usual selection of centre overhead sunglass holder, bins, seatback pocket centre console bin and hidden and underfloor compartments in the luggage

Actyon Sports ute: The ute’s new load bed is 1275mm 1600mm wide and 525mm This is 100mm longer, wider, 30mm deeper and 20 per bigger overall than the Musso. Its load capacity is now or 200 more than the Musso.

These upgrades place the Sports in the middle of its Japanese and no longer leave it as a compromise cabin space and load

When fitted with one of locally developed drop-side tops, it offers the widest of its type at 1900mm wide, or wider than its largest This is an advantage to some not to those who must negotiate driveways and parking spaces.

The poly liner in the ute bed with its tie-down points is also a forward.

The big news is the stretch in over the SUV Hatch which ample room for a full-size and extra load area a wheelbase of 3060mm preserves the cabin space and rear comfort, which is more that of passenger car than of its type.

At 4965mm long and wide it is a big vehicle hence a circle of 12.4 metres.

commercial vehicles with chassis like the Actyon are in the bump and grind of the city and the but traditionally don’t show up in crash testing when don’t collapse as progressively as integrated designs. It remains to be how SsangYong has addressed this but the company is not making any big claims in area.

In hatch form, the offers twin front ABS, lap-sash seatbelts for all positions (including the centre door impact beams, pre-tensioners and load limiters, and seatbelt height adjustment as

The Limited adds side airbags for front and rear ESP (Electronic Stability Program), Rollover Protection (ARP), Assist System (BAS), Descent Control (HDC) and Control (TCS).

The Actyon Ute gets twin front door impact beams, pre-tensioners and load limiters, and seatbelt height adjustment on all levels.

The Limited adds ABS and disc brakes. For such a vehicle, it’s a pity the Sports doesn’t get the SUV’s rear lap-sash seat


SsangYong lists the RAV4, Honda CR-V, Forester and Nissan X-Trail as the leaders and targets of the Actyon SUV To this you need to add the Mitsubishi Mazda Tribute/Ford Escape, Tucson, Kia Sportage and Suzuki Vitara Wagon.

The Toyota is the pricey and bulky mainstream all-rounder with a modicum of ability; the CR-V is now half-family half SUV; the Subaru is the highway king with its spare and low centre of gravity and the Outlander, while quite and spacious, also leans the highway.

The Ford Escape/Mazda twins come closest their more rugged (and underpowered four-cylinder while the Koreans can feel by comparison without the Actyon’s The Suzuki Grand Vitara is a sophisticated on road/offroad compromise days but still not as rugged as the

All look like chubby family wagons compared to the sports hatch styling means they all offer luggage space if not the same room for five passengers.

In any of these vehicles, the spare location is critical when not parking space will you to access or lift a side rear door with a wheel attached to it. The Actyon SUV off cargo space for compact access and convenience without rear clearance or adding rear overhang.

The coming Dualis is worth watching it appears to offer similar and sports hatch styling but a approach again to drivetrain and structure.

The Actyon’s slogger of a engine cannot deliver or economy to match any of these. Yet can compete with the Actyon version which delivers a combination of grunt, ruggedness, and style.

A serious diesel SUV Hatch rival might be in vehicles like the new Mitsubishi SWB three-door.

Actyon Sports Because the relatively small diesel in the Actyon Sports well above its weight, the Sports 4X2 ute is quite a good starting under $30,000. The Ranger/Mazda BT50 twins more horsepower and torque but not so to justify the price premium. Nor can close the gap in cabin space and handling sophistication on poor

The Holden Rodeo still crude by comparison even if its new has extra grunt while the HiLux is expensive and still truck-like in comparison. It is also in several areas than the without offering any real in the cabin.

There is no direct rival in the Mitsubishi Triton at 4X2 level but the new 2.4 petrol models outstanding value for the price buyer.

The Nissan Navara is a rival except there is no 4X2 and the only V6 petrol engine is known to be quite thirsty. At a 4X4 the diesel Navara is superior in areas but the price premium is high.

If it wasn’t for the Actyon controversial styling, which is a big in these purchases, the top-level Limited 4X4 would hold its own in company with its extra better axle location, cabin, economy and refined engine and a price advantage of up to in some cases.


We at least some of the inspiration for the Actyon must come the 1938-39 Willys Overland an avantgarde looker of its time. historically sensitive observers see some of Chrysler’s PT Cruiser.

the Actyon SUV Hatch clears a new at the price is the way it drives over any It can be belted over bad roads and not phases it. Reverting to the 1938 comparison again, it has the ground cabin architecture and rear-drive of the indestructible historic with the and composure of a modern car.

For those who keep declaring they don’t make like they used to, might. The petrol engine struggle with the weight town yet on rural roads, with the four-speed auto, it well — something can’t be said for the five-speed anywhere. Indeed, the five-speed shift is so sloppy, so vague finding a gear is a random in frustration — and this is the vehicle is new!

SsangYong an urgent linkage rectification especially when the ratios and of the transmission itself are better they have ever

The diesel, however, is worth cent for the refinement and unstoppable

The Actyon SUV Hatch has quite an feel and while the ride can be a little vague at times, it can be when it absorbs bone-jarring outcrops on tracks that destroy a normal car. It is capable on rough, loose when its rear axle dance around and leave the

When pushed beyond sense, it will break a progressive slide, ready for a nip of opposite lock. The Limited’s ESP another dimension when it the lack of a rear limited diff and provides an important net in these conditions. It was good to be to enjoy rear drive in a vehicle again; especially one will take a belting this one on rough Australian

Although the drive program some of the roughest tracks there wasn’t any serious work. Nonetheless both models felt ready to whatever was thrown at them.

As the Sports ute wasn’t quite as as the SUV. Even if the extra had to be taken into account, the grip was especially impressive.

to typical one-tonners that are happy at the slightest provocation unladen, the SsangYong Actyon was in league.

It could be driven a passenger car, a comparison several rear passengers made when it came to the space, rear seat angle and the ride in the rear

From the driver’s perspective, the featured the usual hard that are the norm for this of vehicle but the centre vents freeze your hands, the seat was big and supportive, the leather-bound standard on most models was The driving position, despite the of steering wheel reach was comfortable with good

SsangYong chose the test well to highlight the Actyon’s of abilities and the return leg into traffic was not as clumsy as expected.

is a refreshing honesty about the SUV Hatch that’s missing its segment — it’s not a flimsy family wagon to be something else. As for the Sports the extra car-like refinement in the seat is the way of the future.

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