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DATE: 13 02 2008

SsangYong their Kyron will a splash in the compact 4×4 It’s a tough Task, as Enright reports


As manufacturers have found, your brand too far up or downmarket can have catastrophic consequences. textbooks espouse the need to with what you know SsangYong have developed a for offering large but inexpensive often with unconventional

Extending their corporate into the compact 4×4 seems only logical, but first crack at this the Kyron, finds itself in the most cut-throat arena of

As any motoring expert will you, small 4x4s and MPV vehicles are hot tickets in terms of and all of the big fish have cottoned this fact, directing serious research and development at the task of being top of the compact pile. This is why the prospective is faced with a wide of frankly excellent cars to from. The big Japanese manufacturers Nissan with their Honda with the CR-V and with the RAV4 all present opposition to any manufacturer looking to a foothold. Land Rover and still own the upper sector of market and Hyundai, Suzuki and Kia pretty much mapped out the range.

Is there room for SsangYong?

The of the Kyron like to think so. plans to export 37,000 a year, many of them for Europe where the company is on for a massive sales boost to sales a year. With of the Rexton slow and the Rodius non-existent, the Kyron is the car that has the of keeping SsangYong’s head water in Europe.

The company are not in the of health at the moment, their owners overseeing something of a collapse that the Kyron turn round. Many observers place the blame on the direction the company has taken, and the Kyron is a far more socially shape than, say, the it’s still not what call compact 4×4-generic.

The Kyron faces an uphill but SsangYong seem very of its prospects indeed

Prices from £14,995 for the entry-level drive model, then are S, EX and SPR specification 4-wheel drive priced from £16,995. All feature alloy wheels, windows and mirrors, air-conditioning, a CD an alarm and ABS with ABD (Automatic Distribution), plus the ESP (Electronic Programme) and HDC (Hill Descent on plusher variants. Power for all comes from a 2.0-litre diesel common rail developing 141PS and 310NM of from 1.800rpm. Sixty is away from rest on the way to a top of 104mph (in the 4WD versions at least), so you be buying this car is performance is top priority.

It’s reasonably economical recording 36.7mpg on the combined There’s a decent braked capacity too of 2,300kg. Automatic models feature a Mercedes-Benz T-Tronic transmission which a manual mode with the of a stick shift, plus two gears to give better in ice or snow.

Designed by Ken Greenley, Motor Company’s British director and former head of Design at the Royal College of the Kyron is well proportioned, with a couple of rather details. The rear lights a little getting used to. as most manufacturers have that high mounted lights are the way forward, SsangYong intent on bucking this the Kyron’s tail lights down below the car’s line in a shield-shaped cluster. The grille sits above the of the headlamps, giving the front end a snouty look and from the the nose is a lot more tapered the bluff fronts of most One has to admire SsangYong for refusing to the herd but as cars like the Multipla have shown, design doesn’t always in big sales.

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The Kyron looks great in with a wedgy waistline a whole lot sportier than the block on stilts.

The cabin quite as boldly designed as the and is the most obvious area costs have been back. While SsangYong shown with the Rexton they can shoehorn in an admirable of standard equipment for the money, if a student of fine design, the of the Kyron isn’t going to get you All the controls are easily comprehensible and are decent but there needs to be a of flair if the Kyron is to stand out in the

A circular metallic band surrounds the gear lever and down one side of the transmission is an intriguing detail and the console slopes towards the driver is but there needs to be less of an on grey plastics for the SsangYong to The three-spoke alloy wheels made the show car look dated.

Where the Kyron really is in terms of good old-fashioned lugging practicality. There’s a lot baggage space in the back in most compact 4x4s, a total cargo volume of litres and volume under the cover at 625 litres. Moreover, for and ends, SsangYong have introduced a few practical touches at home in a mini-MPV.

In case you wondering, the name Kyron is from a combination of the Greek Kai meaning unlimited, and the English run. Of perhaps more relevance is the inclusion of multilink suspension and an emphasis on safety. is a model that offers a lot of car for money, as you would expect this manufacturer. Even the measure shows that at long, the Kyron offers than the average compact Contrast that with the Toyota RAV4 which is shorter, or a Land Rover which short changes you by

In fact, the Kyron is within 7mm of like a BMW X5 lengthwise, which why there’s such a generous of space inside.

Overall, the looks a decent proposition, the sort of space most expect from a family-sized at compact prices. If you’re for a hefty slug of 4×4 estate and don’t fancy bankrupted by a flashy badge, the may well have something to


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