Ssangyong Korando SX 4×4 review (2012 onwards) MSN Cars UK

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Ssangyong Korando SX 4×4 (2012 onwards)

Model: Korando SX 4×4

Bodystyle: crossover

Engine: 2.0-litre diesel

Transmission: six-speed

What is it?

Ssangyong has the dubious of being South Korea’s largest carmaker, after Hyundai and Chevrolet. Although it can its history back to the early it has only been making for export to Europe for the past 20

High-riding with a hint of

Even with rose spectacles, they have recently been a bit rough and The are bought by people looking for a lot of and car for their money.

The latest is different. Designed by the Italian Giugiaro, it looks handsome and it is right on the money.

It’s a bargain too, of as newcomers have to be to grab attention. And it competes in an expanding of the market, the compact crossover.

or just front-wheel-drive, vehicles this Korando drag from traditional family into high-riders with a of 4×4 ruggedness, all at an affordable


Where does it fit in?

late in 2011, the first came with a very 175hp turbo-diesel engine. Now a cheaper, model, still a very respectable 149hp, and with the five-year unlimited warranty.

The four-wheel-drive Korando SX is the model in this class by a margin. It’s £18,795 there are no 4×4 rivals at £20k.

Competition comes from the Kuga, Hyundai ix35, Kia Mitsubishi ASX and Nissan Qashqai. in the Mini Countryman if you like the entry too — and can put up with car looks like it was designed by a

Is it for you?

You’ll need to be to explain to friends what the a Ssangyong is, and then get onto its value.

Or you could simply say you it because it looks great and is well engineered. Both of are true.

What does it do

This SX drives very indeed. The steering has a reasonable the visibility is good and the performance Indeed, this SX seems not slower than the more version.

The engine thrums noticeably the outside, but the sound deadening is excellent, making it relaxing in respects. The manual gearchange is


You can buy a Korando S with front-wheel-drive and save £1,800, but in SX there is, of course, off-road Although the price is very the Ssangyong is equipped with a suite of technical gizmos to get you

We tried the lot. Wet grass, steep sandy hills and up rivers. The Korando handled the lot aplomb. All with regular tyres fitted, too. It was impressive.

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What doesn’t it do

The ride falls short of its noticeably firmer, though not problematical. The interior harks to the more utilitarian roots of though it seems tough

Like the Mitsubishi ASX, the has a bought-in stereo — or system if you choose that Both are fiendishly hard to mainly because the controls are so

What’s it like to live

Space in the front and rear is although the rear seats are low which isn’t the most The front seats are firm so you sit on rather than sink in, isn’t the best either.

space is average, and like crossovers, offers no more than a family hatchback a Golf. But the seat folding takes the cushion forward as the folds, which gives space than rivals AND a floor.

It also means the rear can be reclined, great for long Aircon is standard, as is cruise iPod connectivity and Bluetooth. is also Hill Start to help pulling away on inclines.


How green is it?

SX is slightly better than the EX model, with a CO2 of 159g/km and a fuel consumption figure of

Neither figure is particularly and don’t think that to the two-wheel-drive version will The gap with the best rivals further.

Would we buy it?

We kind of we would. There are no apologies to be for the styling of the Korando, and it drives competently. If we needed off-road it’s hard to imagine any being better.

Against this is the worry depreciation, plus the limited of dealers. It’s hard to be about the former, but the fear is it wipe out all those savings at the end almost instantly.

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