Ssangyong Turismo review (2013 onwards) MSN Cars UK

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Ssangyong Turismo: summary

The Ssangyong Turismo offers plenty of space at an affordable price — it even looks better than its Rodius predecessor. But is that enough to get people into Ssangyong showrooms? We don’t think so.

What: Ssangyong Turismo

Ssangyong Turismo: first impressions

Meet the 2014 Ssangyong Turismo – the car that replaces the Rodius, the Korean firm’s former seven-seat MPV. This is more than just a name change, though.

The Turismo’s not fast and the auto ‘box holds on to gears too long

Compared with that car, the Turismo gets a design overhaul, meaning the car now boasts a more European appearance. The headlights are sharper and the grille better defined, giving a much more cohesive look, while the rear has received the same treatment. However, it’s still no oil painting.

Inside, the Turismo is more upmarket than the old Rodius, according to Ssangyong. The Korean firm claims to have coated the cabin with more soft-touch materials, while the driver now grips a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

The Rodius’ awkward looks may have evolved, but the car’s core values haven’t changed. The Turismo still offers an incredible amount of space for the money, making this a car aimed at family buyers on a budget.


Ssangyong Turismo: performance

Whereas the Rodius was powered by a Mercedes-sourced 2.7-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel, in the Turismo it’s been replaced by Ssangyong’s own 155hp 2.0-litre turbocharged oil-burner.

In the firm’s 2.1-tonne Rexton W SUV this engine is not that fast; the bad news is, in the 2,750kg Turismo it’s even slower.

The Ssangyong isn’t exactly agile

The turbodiesel engine we tested is far from refined. Although it delivers a decent 265lb ft punch of torque from as low as 1,500rpm, by 2,750rpm the motor’s given all it has to offer. From here it just drones and vibrates away.

That’d be fine in a manual Turismo where you could change up early and avoid the racket, however our test car was fitted with Mercedes’ five-speed automatic transmission.

It holds on to gears too long, meaning you stray into that noisy rev band when you’re after some performance (and you will be). When it eventually changes, at least the gearshifts are nice and smooth.

It’s best to pootle rather than plant it, then. Doing so means driving the Turismo is a much more relaxed experience – besides, it also demands less from the chassis…


Ssangyong Turismo: ride and handling

The Turismo uses a double wishbone suspension set-up at the front and a fully independent multi-link arrangement at the rear – in short, quite a sophisticated design for a big, cheap people carrier.

Inside, the Turismo’s bargain price becomes more apparent

It’s a shame that this engineering detail doesn’t translate to dynamic ability. A seven-seat MPV is never going to break any lap records, but the Turismo feels particularly soft, rolling a lot in the corners.

The steering, too, doesn’t inspire confidence. It feels removed from what’s actually going on at the road surface, to the point where you can waggle the wheel rim mid-corner and not actually change your line.

It’s not helped by the Turismo’s incredible three-metre wheelbase – this sizeable distance between the axles coupled to slow steering means that, even for an MPV, the Ssangyong isn’t exactly agile.

At least the soft suspension set-up gives a comfortable ride on a motorway cruise. Given the Turismo packs seating for seven, that’s definitely a good thing.


Ssangyong Turismo: interior

The level of space the Turismo offers in quite incredible – up to a maximum of 3,146 litres of luggage room with the back seat removed and the second row fully folded. As standard, you’ll still be able to cram in 875 litres worth of stuff with the rear bench slid all the way forward. That’s quite an achievement.

However, the 2-2-3 layout of the boot is far from ideal; the middle row is only available with two individual seats, meaning many families will have to rely on the back row bench, which doesn’t split. And that will impinge on boot space. Furthermore, removing the rearmost bench for van-lugging duties requires a Herculean effort — it’s a very heavy seat to remove.

The Turismo musters a best of 34.9mpg combined with 212g/km CO2

While Ssangyong has updated the cabin, it’s still lacking compared to its rivals. Granted, there are higher quality materials inside, but the majority of the trim is still hard and scratchy throughout the cabin. There is a caveat, though: we’re sure this robustness will help it cope with family life.

Inside, the Turismo’s price becomes more apparent. Items such as the tell-tale light panel in front of the steering wheel (the dials are mounted in the centre of the dash) look extremely old-school.

There is plenty of equipment on offer, though. Heated electric seats, leather, keyless entry, climate and cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers, parking sensors and Bluetooth all come as standard on the range-topping EX trim level.


Ssangyong Turismo: economy and safety

The top-spec, four-wheel drive, auto-equipped Turismo musters a best of 34.9mpg combined with 212g/km CO2. Opting for the two-wheel drive manual – which actually sends drive to the rear – yields 37.2mpg combined with 199g/km CO2. Not great figures and £260 per year VED tax for the auto.

The Turismo is an improvement over the Rodius, but it’s left wanting in many areas

All Turismo models come with ESP and dual front and side airbags fitted as standard. According to Ssangyong, the car also gets high-strength subframes fitted to the front and rear of the car to reduce cabin distortion in a crash, as well as Isofix child seat fixings for the second row of seats – important in a family MPV.

There are no autonomous braking aids or advanced safety features, however, and Euro NCAP hasn’t crash tested the car.

Ssangyong Turismo: the MSN Cars verdict

The Ssangyong Turismo is an improvement over the Rodius – not least because it looks a great deal better and, despite its comparatively lacklustre fuel economy, it’s actually more efficient than its predecessor.

The space on offer from just £17,995 is attractive, and there’s a five-year unlimited mileage warranty too. However, it’s left wanting in many areas, not least its dated cabin layout, lacklustre driving dynamics and higher-than-average running costs. As a budget-priced alternative to established seven-seat MPVs its appeal is limited.

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