Ssangyong Rodius 270 XDI SE – The Verdict – Road Tests – Motoring – The Independent

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Ssangyong Rodius 270 XDI SE – The

Performance: 0 to 62mph in 13.5 28.5mpg

CO2: 267g/km

considering: Chrysler Grand Kia Sedona, Renault Grand

The Rodius hasn’t had much of a in the UK; in fact, the sneering started before it arrived, when the photos of its unusual bodywork And SsangYong provided a hostage to by giving its new car a name that with the word odious, a predictable torrent of the sorts of obvious gags and puns are the motoring writer’s stock in The only comedic possibility hasn’t been exploited is the that the allegedly silent R in might provide for one of those consonants cartoons, although disobligingly omitted the second from Rodius that have been required to it work properly.

But after a week getting to – and, to my surprise, like – the Rodius, I was to imagine a different sort of one of those HE Bateman the man who. in which the excruciatingly embarrassed finds himself totally out of with everyone else.

In it, I as the motoring journalist who ventured to that the SsangYong Rodius all that bad, actually.

So made me change my mind the Rodius? First, the styling, and out. I had been expecting to fun at this myself but when our car turned up, it didn’t, to my eyes, too bad, although I suspect its appearance may have been by its black paintwork and heavily windows.

A dark colour isn’t enough to turn the into a beauty but at least it you to get beyond the looks and consider else it has to offer. And that’s because the Rodius does some strong points. include the Mercedes-based 2.7-litre engine and automatic transmission.

This combination does a job of pulling the heavy SsangYong although with its low-geared and rather wallowy ride the is probably not going to be at the top of the keenest lists.

The Rodius’s other big is the vast interior. It’s a seven-seater, and a generous one at that. The row consists of two armchair-style swivelling while the third row is also enough to carry adults easily. Even with in place, there is still a area to stow luggage and in the boot.

For the price, there is nothing to it for space.

But SsangYong also some credit for its boldness. the Rodius, the company has produced a interesting car that everyone is about, and that’s a feat some of its better-known, longer-established find surprisingly difficult to off.

Philip Kelly, 44, and Kelly, 12, fleet technician Braintree, Essex


From angles it’s hideous to at – from the huge front to the loft extension at the So if you have one, have it in with dark glass so the rear side windows into the body. Other are a huge delay before it to a hurry-up call from right foot and no rear from the interior mirror.

On the positive, it’s well-equipped; I the electrically adjustable driver’s and the Mercedes-Benz running gear ensure longevity.I enjoyed the – from the inside.

It’s not as roomy as the Chrysler and the ride felt a little

Gareth Tansey, 28, graphic from West Thurrock,


Initial impressions of this weren’t inspiring. I’ve been a fan of people carriers and this arrived my enthusiasm increase. Inside, the space was overwhelming. The engine was smooth and had of low-end torque for an automatic, but is to be expected when you discover a 2.7 Mercedes unit. Taking any above 30mph makes you whether the steering wheel is to anything.

Rear visibility was poor due to the on the rear seats taking up of the rear-view mirror. If you’re space for seven people and luggage this is a great but if you want style, I’d elsewhere.

Brian Saunders, 42, from New Malden, Essex

CAR: SAAB 9000

A automatic gearbox, relatively turbo diesel, and the light of the controls seem to minimise the size of the Rodius, which is because someone at SsangYong believe that size But when you have built the thing possible on the outside, why not put as seats as possible on the inside? just the two seats in the second row it a doddle to get into the third unlike other people but doesn’t that limit the base?

For those families who can sacrifice the seat and get used to the rather looks and relying on door to park, the Rodius could be a choice.

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