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SsangYong Korando 2.0 SE4 4×4 CAR review

By Ollie Kew


22 January 2014 16:40

If spotted a SsangYong Korando on roads, congratulations. Not because of its styling, refreshed with front-end, new bumpers, LEDs and designs for 2014.

This is a car – SsangYong expects to sell a 600 in the UK in 2014, making the Korando its UK top-seller, compared to 50,000-odd of the Nissan Qashqai. Any 4×4 makes a Porsche 918 Spyder common has to be worth look,

Where does the SsangYong fit into the hotly fought SUV

Plainly, we’re not looking at the car to the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Kia which are of similar size, nor the yet charming Skoda Yeti. people fervently argue as the established South Korean (Kia and Hyundai) rise the mainstream, and budget choices sink or swim (Chevrolet and respectively), SsangYong can still the sums add up in SUV-loving Britain.

The SsangYong Korando needs to be one above all others: cheap!

And it is. being bigger in all dimensions and powerful than the best of the set, Korando prices off lower down the pecking at £14,995 for the entry-level front-drive SE. Our car, the SE4, comes electronic all-wheel drive, a ft diesel engine capable of two tonnes, and competitive on-board kit for

Standard fare includes alloys, Bluetooth, electric front and rear, electric adjustment, and a leather-wrapped steering with controls for the infotainment If you want a dirty-fingernails workhorse, else gets close for the

Is it as bad as I’m imagining on board?

This is a inviting cabin, than, a Dacia Duster’s. Hyundai’s are bound to be on the phone momentarily about plagiarism of the Santa ‘alien face’ console, but the Korando is just about up to Sure, the centre tunnel is in hard, tough plastic, but are softer coverings on the doors and with sensible ergonomics include rake and reach for the steering column (take Japanese manufacturers).

There’s not finesse or polish to the design and it browse the internet or map your but the buttons are clearly labelled and Just remember that is a £16k car, and it’s not a bad

What don’t we like The C-pillar blind spot you lose a whole gymkhana in, mind a horsebox. The horrid, afterthought of a cruise control tacked onto the steering – catch it while you’re the wheel on a long bend and unintended acceleration ahoy.

There’s nasty fake trim, too, and a handbrake with preposterously lengthy And while there isn’t a bong to warn the driver selected reverse, a chime you that you’ve inserted the key the ignition barrel (thanks. ).

On the side, there’s lots of space. Despite all-wheel you get a flat cabin floor, so are acres of legroom in the generously second row, ahead of the boot – bigger than a Skoda Yeti. Hyundai or Ford Kuga manages.

My knows no bounds. Go on…

Caveat If you step from one of the best-selling crossovers, which are car-like in the into the Korando, and set off for a drive, be terrified. White as a sheet, clamped to the wheel and begging for within a mile.

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But, if you’re used to the of driving a vehicle with at a modicum of off-road ability, the Korando is a decent-enough if largely steer.

Like most off-roaders (Range Rovers the Korando has a massive dead around the straight ahead of its so the wheel doesn’t tear thumbs off if you’re crawling off-piste. On the road, this for unnervingly vague direction not helped by predictably pronounced roll. Slow steering is for trekking across the Kalahari; great mooching through

Plus, that non-sporting handles the big stuff well, but iron out small road – the crucial ‘secondary ride’ – as well as the crossover benchmarks earlier.

Is the drivetrain as agricultural?

It’s not too bad – the turbodiesel is strong enough to tug the Korando up to motorway speeds feeling strained. Noise is the – wind and tyre roar are covered, but the diesel clatter permeates the Korando’s cabin start-up never cloaks properly. More sound please.

By far the weirdest noise by the Korando is that of its six-speed gate. Most gearshifts ‘thunk’, or, if you’re being ‘crunch’. The Korando’s spindly ‘splats’ as it pings from and in contrast to the old cliché, it likes to be

This isn’t a gearchange to your time over.

More than 600 people a will find enough to about the SsangYong Korando if given it an honest crack, than dismissed for the unfashionable (or simply overlooking the fact it altogether).

It’s a handy size, wearing inside, and actually the off-road walk that so crossovers purport to do but rarely up with ability. Sure, the feels like a workhorse and a car second, but there’s more to here than just a house-brand sticker price.

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