Ssangyong Korando: Road Test

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Ssangyong Korando: Road

A significant step forward for the brand, the Korando still has a way to go

Korando SPR

Price Guide price before statutory and charges): $39,225

Options (not included in above Metallic paint $450

rating: TBA

Claimed fuel (L/100km): 7.5

CO2 emissions (g/km): 199

has been one of those brands often derided than in the past. And usually it cops a for the styling of its respective products, be the Musso, the Stavic, the Actyon facelifted for the better) — or the original

This latest Korando nothing to its namesake from a ago. It’s muscular and looking, but just as importantly, it to be technically up to the measure of compact SUV from South Korea. that, in fact, since the seems a car better prepared for work than a few current in the segment.

And its on-road behaviour is generally too. While the ride is it’s rugged enough for the stuff but does ride over smaller bumps and on suburban streets. Most will be satisfied with the ride comfort.

In corners the is initially reluctant to turn in, but more feedback through the than in the case of Renault’s driven by the writer a week

Off the road, the Korando lacks the Hill Descent Control, but is in other respects. Wheel is similar, lifting a wheel turning left off a steep Traction doesn’t meet the standard as the Renault’s, with the spinning wheels and struggling a harder, even with the diff locked. This to be down to the difference in tyres to the two vehicles.

Those fitted to the Ssangyong quiet on country roads and a tactile medium between the and the driver, but the Renault’s seemed on dirt.

While the Koleos was to just putter up the slope, the needed a bit more prompting the right foot. There was no of puff from the Ssangyong’s turbodiesel when given stick — and once on the — but it was noisier than Euro diesels. The turbo to lag and the fuel consumption meant the was not especially frugal.

From the car idling emitted the distinctive rattle that most manufacturers, particularly those Europe, have largely The engine was also the preeminent of noise at highway speeds; it was not loud — just not in the top of diesel-engined compact SUVs for NVH vibration and harshness).

The traffic changing to green frequently to be anticipated just to keep up the traffic. And for a vehicle that returns a fuel consumption as good as 9.6L/100km in urban the best achieved during our with the car, according to the computer, was 8.9L/100km — at least 120km of freeway and 40km of gentle country during the week. It certainly flogged, even off the open

Mostly the Korando was hard to get below 11.3L/100km over a mix of and traffic conditions. Contributing to the relatively limited range was its fuel tank, measuring 57 litres. Granted the Korando likely to be the vehicle of choice to the family 1000km between pit on the great Aussie holiday, but its is a let-down nonetheless.

An Australian DSI, provides the six-speed fitted to this particular DSI was once better known as BTR and that, Borg Warner. The is a competent unit that smoothly, but is a little slower shifting than ZF’s box, to use one example.

Under heavy braking, the warning lights will flashing repeatedly. Unlike systems in other vehicles, have to be switched off manually by the button on the dash, once the or other reason for braking is past.

Inside the Korando, the trim materials seem for kids, textas and fast Nothing fell off during the and the car seemed pretty solid, but the and indicator stalks felt stalks of the limp celery And the one-touch lane-change facility for the required a wider range of than similar systems other car makers.

The centrally LCD that displayed information as engine temp, fuel and trip computer readouts busy to look at, but drivers quickly adjust to the way the information is The speedo and tacho either were easy to read and the generally followed standard conventions.

In our experience, the audio system pair with either an or an iPod Nano. The FM reception faded in and out also. It was the vehicle’s and infotainment features that the most disappointing.

This is a car is as close as Ssangyong has come to a credible urban SUV, so the car’s compatibility with and USB-connected external music by which it may be judged most

But getting away from the the Korando’s ergonomics were laudable. Seats were firm for support, but quite There were … of headroom and legroom in the rear and of wiggle room for the toes the front seats.

Access was too, although the H-point makes stepping up into the hard enough for adults, let kids.

While the air conditioning was efficient during 30-degree there were no eyeball in the rear. Like the step the rear seat, the boot’s floor was reasonably high off the and some might find it to load heavier items. The floor over the spare (which is the same alloy and low-profile tyre combination as the four), was solid and durable, but not too to remove from the vehicle

By the end of the seven days spent the Korando, we came away with its chunky good its generally well-considered packaging and the mix of on and offroad ability. There are of its design and manufacturing that it flawed, but for its price, we could ourselves to forgive those

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