SSANGYONG

SSANGYONG KORANDO ESTATE 1.5 ELX 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph12s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2172 g/km

Ssangyong's Korando has previously been something of a fringe player in the value reaches of the mid-sized SUV class, but this MK4 model aims to edge into the mainstream. It's well equipped, rather smart and can tow up to 2.0-tonnes. Sounds promising.

KOR BLIMEY

Jonathan Crouch thinks Ssangyong's Korando deserves a place on any family SUV buyer's shopping list.

Ten Second Review

Ssangyong's Korando has previously been something of a fringe player in the value reaches of the mid-sized SUV class, but this MK4 model aims to edge into the mainstream. It's well equipped, rather smart and can tow up to 2.0-tonnes. Sounds promising.

Background

Buying a mid-sized family-shaped SUV can be an expensive business these days. The ones you can have for anywhere near £20,000 tend to offer weedy performance and a relatively cramped interior. It's far more typical to be paying £25,000-£30,000 for a 'Qashqai'-class family hatchback-based Crossover of this kind and many plusher models sit in the £30,000-£40,000 bracket. So what are we to make of this, the fourth generation version of Ssangyong's Korando? From launch, prices were pitched at a genuine £20,000, with a really nice one pitched at under £27,000. This model's also better equipped than most comparable rivals and can tow heavier loads. But all of this you'd maybe expect from a Ssangyong. Can this one though, offer a properly class-competitive proposition when it comes to things like fit and finish, drive dynamics, efficiency and safety? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Two engines are available to prospective Korando customers. The petrol choice is a 1.5-litre GDI-turbo unit with 163PS and 280Nm of torque which can only be had with front-wheel drive. It's usually mated to 6-speed manual transmission but the top-spec version can alternatively be had with an auto gearbox. The other main choice (and the one that this car's core caravan-trailing and towing market will want) is the 1.6-litre diesel, which has to be had with an auto gearbox. Here, you get 136PS, but far more pulling power - 342Nm of it; enough to allow the car to pull up to 2.0-tonnes. If your Korando has the 6-speed automatic transmission, it'll also come with selectable 'Normal', 'Sport' and 'Winter' drive modes. Unlike most of its rivals, the diesel version of this Korando is available with a capable all-wheel drive system, this one featuring 'Automatic Drive Control', which ensures that the speed of each wheel is individually monitored in real-time. If a wheel slip is detected, torque is automatically redistributed to the wheel where it is needed most, thus maximising traction over treacherous roads. You'll normally drive with the AWD system in its 'Auto' mode, but for traversing really arduous terrain, there's a selectable 'Lock-Mode' option which increases torque delivery to the rear wheels for improved traction and stability.

Design and Build

Ssangyong is starting of smartly modern yet brand-distinctive design, as evidenced here. The usual robust SUV silhouette is complemented by the rather smart "birds wing"-style front grille which has become a visual identifier for modern SsangYong models. Plus strong side lines are matched with curved shoulder creases that taper towards the rear of the car, as well as a colour-keyed bumper, a rear spoiler and a rear skid plate, all of which lend this compact SUV an air of understated sportiness. Dependent on trim level, Korando offers a selection of alloy wheel designs with 17, 18 or 19-inch diamond cut rims. Inside, the integrated wrap-around dashboard design is said to have been inspired by the design of a classical string instrument. At the top of the range, you get the brand's innovative "Blaze Cockpit" package, which gives you a 10.25-inch digital cluster and a 9-inch centre-dash infotainment display with a colour choice of 34 infinity mood lighting options. There's only one body style option, a 5-seater - but you do get reasonable rear seat legroom. And a decently-sized boot too - the load area offers up to 1248-litres of space in the back.

Market and Model

There are four Korando trim levels - 'ELX', 'Ventura', 'Pioneer' and 'Ultimate'. The base £20,000 price only gets you a base-spec front-driven 1.5-litre 'ELX' petrol model; unfortunately, it's not possibly to have the 1.6-litre diesel with either of the two more affordable trim levels, so prices for black pump-fuelled derivatives kick off at quite a lot more - from just under £27,000, with a further £2,000 premium being needed if you want AWD. All diesel variants come with auto transmission. The 1.5-litre petrol derivatives get a manual 'box, unless you opt for top 'Ultimate' spec, with offers an auto variant for £1,500 more. Got that? Good. On to equipment. Even the base-spec 'ELX' comes with features like 17-inch alloy wheels and cruise control. All the diesel variants get heated front seats, fabric and faux-leather upholstery, front and rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, an 8-inch centre-dash infotainment screen with smartphone-mirroring ('Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto'), a rear view camera and a full-sized spare wheel. Standard camera-driven safety features fitted as standard across the range include Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Autonomous Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane keeping Assist (LKA) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA).

Cost of Ownership

You probably wouldn't expect a really capable SUV like this one to be anything near class-leading in terms of its fuel and CO2 efficiency stats - and this one isn't - but its figures to get nearer to the prevailing class standard than those of its predecessor. The diesel version manages a WLTP-rated combined cycle fuel showing of 48.7mpg and an NEDC-rated CO2 showing of 144g/km. That's with a manual gearbox; you'll do significantly worse with auto transmission because in this guise, the Korando doesn't get an auto start-stop system. As with all Ssangyong models, there's the peace of mind of a seven year/150,000 mile warranty. Where the Korando runs into trickier territory is in the area of residual values. With its limited dealer network and almost non-existent promotional budget, there's no getting away from the fact that public awareness of this vehicle is virtually nil. That can only have a detrimental effect on residual values which will never be as punchy as big name vehicles like the Nissan Qashqai, the Skoda Yeti or the Toyota RAV4. Some recompense comes with modest insurance ratings.

Summary

'Korea can do'. That's apparently what 'Korando' means - and it seems appropriate. After all, it's hard to think of a car maker that has come so far, so quickly as Ssangyong. This Korando remains very accessibly priced and feels even more class-competitive in this fourth generation guise. Yes, as the brand itself would admit, this remains a work in progress. But the signs with this car are that this Korean marque is learning quickly just what European customers really want. So how to summarise? Well we'd say that this Ssangyong is a difficult option to ignore if you need a really capable car of this kind. It can powerfully tow, will more comfortably transport five people than direct rivals can and offers up plenty of kit on a tight budget. You'll just have to get used to explaining to people what it is. And who knows, you might even end up suggesting that they try one..

  • Tinted windows
  • Safety powered windows
  • Lower windscreen wiper de-icer
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Automatic headlight control and rain sensing aero type front wipers
  • Solar and noise control windscreen

  • Manual parking brake
  • Hill descent control
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Traction control
  • Hill start assist
  • Automatic emergency braking system

  • Bluetooth handsfree system

  • Lane keeping assistant (LKA)
  • Driver attention alert system
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Forward collision warning
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Electric power steering

  • Supervision cluster 3.5" monochrome TFT with LCD trip computer
  • eCall emergency call system
  • 4" screen LCD display

  • Body coloured door mirrors with side repeater and puddle lamp
  • Electric folding and heated door mirrors

  • 6 speaker sound system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • USB and auxiliary socket
  • DAB/AM/FM radio with RDS

  • Combination antenna
  • High gloss rear skid plate
  • Clean door seals
  • Rear spoiler with high mounted LED stop light
  • Auto dipping headlights
  • Visual VIN plate
  • Body coloured exterior door handles

  • High beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Headlamp levelling
  • Headlight escort
  • Projection headlights
  • LED rear combination lights

  • Cabin air quality control system
  • Manual air conditioning

  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Leather covered steering wheel with bright accents
  • Rear folding centre armrest with cup holders
  • 12V power outlets front and rear
  • Illuminated sun visor with sliding extension
  • Adjustable sliding centre console armrest
  • PVC door scuffs
  • Luxury cloth upholstery

  • Front door courtesy lamps

  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Front side airbags
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Active rollover protection
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Safe Distance Warning
  • Front passenger airbag on/off switch
  • Front vehicle start alert
  • Curtain airbags for front and rear passengers
  • Dual airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Outer rear seatbelts with pre-tensioners and centre 3 point seatbelt

  • Rear outer ISOFIX child seat anchorage
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Rear head restraints
  • Height adjustable front headrests

  • Folding keys with remote keyless entry system
  • Anti theft alarm and immobiliser

  • 17" alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Noise Level dB(A): 65
  • CO: 0.28
  • HC: 0.02
  • NOx: 0.02
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0006
  • CO2 (g/km): 157
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 216
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 181
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 172

  • Engine Code: 175 950
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 76
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 82.5
  • CC: 1497

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 33.2
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 47.9
  • EC Combined (mpg): 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 29.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 37.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.6

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: ELX
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 7
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 150000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 88
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 68
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 74
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 163
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 21A

  • Engine Power - KW: 120
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 207
  • Engine Torque - NM: 280
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 163
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 12
  • Top Speed: 119
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 28.6

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/60 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/60 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 1870
  • Height: 1620
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4450
  • Width: N
  • Wheelbase: 2675

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1505
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2010
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 551
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 500
  • Max. Loading Weight: 505
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1248
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.7

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £550

  • Metallic - Cherry red: £550
  • Metallic - Silent silver: £550
  • Metallic - Dandy blue: £550
  • Metallic - Space Black: £550
  • Metallic - Platinum grey: £550

  • Solid - Grand white: £0

  • Luxury cloth - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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