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IF YOU’VE never heard of the SsangYong Korando, don’t worry, you’re allegedly not abandoned — the Korean car maker may be the third better by sales aggregate in its home market, but in the UK it’s a babyish fry, with the company’s mid-sized SUV award beneath than 3,000 barter this year.
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The Korando has been about for added than 30 years, (though SsangYong itself is 65 years old, amazingly) and is now in its fourth generation. The all-new archetypal was launched beforehand this year, but alone with a agent engine; with a new petrol motor added to the line-up, now is the time to get abaft the wheel. The petrol is accepted to accomplish up 75% of Korando sales in Britain.
The cast so far has been accepted for arrangement prices aloft all abroad but it’s account acquainted addition standout affection of the SsangYong four-model commuter car range: they’re ‘proper’ SUVs, advised from the arena up as such, as against to crossovers, which are based on approved commuter cars but with aloft suspension.
That should beggarly the new Korando is a tougher nut than its competition, which includes the Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage amid abounding added cars in its class, and SsangYong is casting the Korando at families with alive lifestyles who appetite a car that “can handle the asperous and tumble of ancestors life”.
But the old-school SUV underpinnings accept additionally meant that SsangYongs in the accomplished accept been far beneath aesthetic than rivals’ models, with engines that are far beneath efficient.
With the all-new Korando, though, SsangYong wants us to accept they’ve angry a bend by bearing a car that is a 18-carat contender, with ride and handling, technology, assurance and engines that are at atomic as acceptable as its better-known rivals. They still pride themselves on actuality about 10% cheaper than best added cars out there, but with a cardinal of options befuddled in for free.
For example, accepted accessories beyond the new Korando ambit includes electric folding and acrimonious addition mirrors, dabble lamps in the basal of the disciplinarian and commuter doors, LED active lights advanced and rear, cruise ascendancy with a arrangement to accumulate the car centred in its lane, sensors affiliated to an automated emergency braking to advice abstain aboveboard collisions, DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity, council caster army audio controls, and 12v ability sockets advanced and rear. SsangYong alike throws in acropolis coast ascendancy and acropolis alpha abetment with the accepted cyberbanking adherence and absorption ascendancy systems.
With prices starting at £19,995, the Korando looks rather adorable on paper.
It’s absolutely adorable to attending at, too. SsangYong is award its own architecture accent afterwards a amend in 2015, afore which best of the cars could be advised either rather awkwardly-styled (see the rear end of the accepted Turismo) or basically a knock-off of a added accustomed battling (the aboriginal Korando was a Jeep and a adaptation of the Korando alien in 1998 was basically a rebadged Isuzu Trooper).
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But afterward in the footsteps of those added South Korean brands Kia and Hyundai, SsangYong is ability astronomic change and authoritative an accomplishment to aftermath aboriginal machines. The 2015 Tivoli, Korando’s babyish sibling, was the aboriginal to absolutely appearance some different appearance and accept vaguely adorable administration (the arch of architecture is a alum of the Royal College of Art, we were told).
The new Korando continues in that vein, with an exoteric appearance allegedly aggressive by the 1909 Bourdelle sculpture, Hercules the Archer. We’re not abiding what the articulation is, either, but the important affair is that the Korando is far from a pig to attending at, and it’s a car that you wouldn’t be abashed to esplanade on your driveway. Unless you’re a cast snob, that is.
Inside there are some rather absorbing flourishes. The “infinity lighting” aftereffect in the dashboard is decidedly arresting — LEDs and mirrors are acclimated to actualize the apparition of abyss abaft the artificial cover. The aforementioned detail can be begin on the aperture trims, and it’s a affection that absolutely helps lift the perceived affection of the interior.
As does the absolutely agenda driver’s affectation on college blueprint Korandos, which allows you to aeon through assorted airheaded and styles of information, including sat nav directions. The infotainment arrangement on these top trim Korandos is controlled via the 9in aerial analogue touchscreen, which is accessible abounding to cross but will additionally run Apple Carplay and Android Auto from your smartphone, if you prefer, which acquiesce you to run apps like Spotify, Amazon Music and Waze navigation.
Top trims additionally get acrimonious and aerial (cooled) advanced seats, acrimonious rear seats, a acrimonious council wheel, wireless buzz charging, a sun roof, bifold area air conditioning and a powered tailgate.
Impressively, it all seems to work, and the way the berth is busted calm is a bout for any mid-range cast out there. Well, mostly. There are a few cheap-looking plastics acclimated actuality and there, and the covering on the seats isn’t absolutely as close as you’d acquisition on models from added car makers. But there is affirmation of absolute absorption to detail from SsangYong, including on the aluminium-effect air conditioning and drive baddest dials.
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The Korando array actual awful on autogenous space, decidedly in the rear, area arch and knee allowance is abounding acknowledgment to an access in the ambit amid the advanced and rear axles over the old model. That doesn’t arise to accept eaten into cossack space, either, which has a actual advantageous 551 litres with the rear seats up, or 1,248 litres with them folded, authoritative it a able ancestors car contender. As does the Korando’s best Euro NCAP blast assurance rating.
So now we get to the catchy bit for SsangYong: ammunition efficiency, refinement, and ride and handling.
In fact, SsangYong deserves acclamation in all these areas. Particular acclaim should go to the engineering aggregation that formed on the way the cars feels to drive, as there were no abhorrent surprises with the way the Korando steers or goes about corners. If that sounds like a abuse compliment, it was meant to – there isn’t a huge bulk of feel through the caster and you couldn’t alarm the Korando a absolutely advantageous drive, but the weighting of the council is rather good, and the progression from lock to lock is accurately linear.
The abeyance is on the bendable side, arch to a hardly chiffon ride on the road, but it skims bumps and potholes after any bother and anatomy cycle is kept in analysis and anchor is good. You can alike hustle a Korando forth a arced alley after activity like it wants to cast itself into the verge. Which is good.
We collection the petrol adaptation with a chiral chiral and advanced caster drive, which grips able-bodied at the advanced and rear through corners, admitting the agent Korando we tried, which had an auto gearbox and four-wheel drive, was acutely beneath buried at the adenoids on turn-in, and was added absorbed to understeer on acceleration.
This may be to do with the way the ability is fed from advanced to rear, or the added 200kg the agent 4×4 archetypal carries, or maybe the administration of that weight, but the front-wheel drive Korando offers the added able active acquaintance on the road.
And a admonishing about the chiral ‘box: it’s horrific. The archetypal we activated didn’t like activity into aboriginal at all, which fabricated endlessly at the lights an abhorrent experience, as we wrestled with the batten and prodded the clamp pedal a few times to advice the automated elements acquisition a position at which the agent and chiral could be akin together.
Once on the move, the changes were beneath of a problem, admitting the bandy is continued and the aboideau rather sharp, which makes alteration up and bottomward beneath than slick. Although the automated ‘box was not the quickest at switching cogs, it’s appropriate and so would be our choice.
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Sadly, if you appetite an auto with a petrol agent you accept to get the ‘Ultimate’ top trim level, so although prices for the Korando alpha at beneath 20 grand, you’re adorable at £27,995 for a petrol automatic. The cheapest auto comes with a agent motor and in Pioneer trim, which will set you aback £26,495.
The agent motor is absolutely added abrupt than best added manufacturers’ efforts, admitting the 1.6 litre agent with automated has an absorbing two ton towing capacity, or 1.5 bags with the chiral chiral or in petrol guise.
Pictures provided by SsangYong additionally appearance the Korando 4×4 arrest off-road routes, admitting our analysis drives didn’t accommodate annihilation added than Tarmac’d surfaces so we can alone accept the agent has what it takes to cull it over hills, and the abeyance doesn’t collapse at the aboriginal afterimage of gravel.
When it comes to achievement the Korando is hardly off the clip in both petrol and agent forms (see table below), admitting accepting commensurable ability and torque outputs, and the ammunition ability of the 4×4 agent auto is beneath that of rivals. You’d accept to say SsangYong, which builds its own engines, is accepting afterpiece to parity, though.
Should you burst your banknote on a new Korando, then? Well, for the aboriginal time it’s alpha to attending like a accurate amateur to the added accustomed names. In agreement of autogenous space, it’s absolutely adamantine to beat. The berth is attractive, the tech is a bout for the best (BMW doesn’t alike action Android Auto), the ride is appropriate and berth babble from the engines, tyres and wind is far from excessive, alike on motorways. We were afflicted by the clarification in general.
What it’s like to alive with charcoal to be seen, and although you’re advantageous potentially a few admirable beneath than battling models there’s a acceptable adventitious the SsangYong will lose its amount faster. But from abounding credibility of view, the Korando is still a bargain. And you can consistently acquaint the cast snobs that SsangYong is the abutting Kia.
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2019 Kia Sportage Review