Ssangyong Korando review |

2 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Ssangyong Korando review |


Paul Pottinger tests and reviews the Ssangyong at its Australian launch.

Flatscreen Stereos. Fridges. Sewing All responses when we asked what they thought was by the SsangYong company.

Reanimated two years in GFC-induced stasis, the compact SUV has mountains to climb in the formidable task of impacting a savagely competitive segment, but in an entire brand name. a brand, it must be said, in so far as it registers at all is associated with the people mover, an apparition so that it was on introduction widely to be a particularly elaborate practical

Though still managed by SsangYong is owned by India#39;s while the Korando is designed by legend Giorgetto Giugiaro and a German-sourced diesel which run (eventually) through an Australian automatic.

If Korando is supposed to be contraction of can do, it#39;s as though the UN has come to its In this segment, against rivals, especially those its own country, it#39;s going to all the help it can get.

Try $26,311 for the level S manual with wheel drive and an introductory $27,990. It#39;s a startling point for a diesel SUV.

The model, apparently trundling the assembly line even as you this, is $28,811. All-wheel-drive with the SX at $30,311, with extra for the untried auto. At the leather-lined topline SPR is auto and AWD

Equipment at all levels look though satellite navigation and a camera are not to be had at any money. While the is a Korean and Mitsubishi equalling years, bizarrely SsangYong are to say what kilometres apply. being worked out.

The five year thing, say, was an apparently spontaneous of good will from office. Okayyyyy .

Nothing though the ability to stream iPod through Bluetooth is SsangYong lives diesel, at until a petrol variant online next year. then the Korando#39;s sole is a state of the game, Euro 5 common rail variable turbo unit that it to bring to the game far more than either Hyundai or which run weedy petrol at this price point.

But at least 80 per cent of potential opposed to changing gears for it needs that auto desperately, which makes the not to wait two months and launch one puzzling.

All-wheel-drives have a torque that shovels 50 per cent of the to the rear axle when it the need. There#39;s a diff for constant all paw under 40km/h.

Not an Romeo, though penned by the responsible for some of the best of the Korando is at least a massive departure from the rest of the anonymous and even unsightly Upfront there#39;s the inevitable mesh grille and whopping lights, and a general stance equally inevitably, is going to be as sporty.

Nice wheels alloys throughout the range. for the S, 17s on the SX and 18s on the SPR.

Within it feels less the sum of its parts. Yes, all the bits and are there, there#39;s a stack of but discreet storage spaces and no than eight drink

But, as my co-driver confirmed on in, somehow it feels not quite of the And in the mid-spec SX, you#39;re starting to if this ambience is worth plus auto plus on

Leg and headroom in the back are excellent, but a bit narrow. We two kept brushing The seats slightly overlap the console.

It#39;s hard to get hand between the seat and to the adjustment knob. The seats lack under thigh and the steering wheel has no reach.

Yet to be tested, SsangYong hope than expect five Four is certain. Again, the are all there, but not the finish. The electronic program has an anti-rollover sensor for terrain running.

Anti-skid brakes come assist and force distribution. six airbags and a full-size spare, for the SPR.

Over a combination of tasty B-roads and dirt, the SX is competent by the standards of the compact SUV The diesel is acceptably refined and punchy in the mid-range, but there#39;s a torque hole under Several times on a winding run, I had to force the shortish gearstick into first.

The might mask that.

in is not the sharpest and the inclination is always to run The ride verged on the terse by the standards of this class. As in of its other aspects, driving the enforced the impression that, you take the plunge, you#39;re bet is to buy bottom end, taking of that entry price and your expectations accordingly.

VERDICT: Overwhelmingly adequate


Price . $26,311 to $ plus costs

Engine . 4-cylinder turbo diesel;

Transmission . 6-speed manual and

Thirst . 6.1L/100km (2WD 7.3 (2WD auto); 6.4L/100km man); 7.5 (AWD auto)

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