1. Home
  2. SsangYong
  3. Korando
  4. A real 4x4 with good road manners
A real 4x4 with good road manners

A real 4x4 with good road manners

Peter Hayward, 2017-05-24

Powered by Driving Force

THE gravel track disappeared in front of me, angling down in an amazingly steep gradient with a loose surface.

But the SsangYong Korando 4x4 took me safely down without difficulty and, after going across a hillside at what seemed impossible angle, it took me up an equally steep slope with ease.

Impressively, it did all of this and much more without the standard centre differential lock being switched on.

Now if serious off-roading was all this latest model was about it would still have limited appeal, but later I drove it on the road and was impressed by its excellent comfort and wide range of other abilities.

The recently upgraded Korando has a new distinctive grille and headlights, giving a much improved look and well upgraded equipment.

There are four models to choose from - the two-wheel drive SE at £17,000, SE 4x4 at £18,500, the ELX 4x4 at £22,000 and the same model with a six-speed auto is £23,500.

There is just one very good engine option - a reasonably smooth and quiet 2.2-litre diesel boasting 178bhp - and that's enough for good acceleration whenever it's needed.

It's up to the best of the rest in the way it pulls hard from low revs, but it's not perhaps quite as smooth as the very best diesels.

Having said that, I was not impressed with the refinement of some diesels in 4x4s costing £20,000 more than this one.

The manual six-speed gearbox feels good in use, with a light clutch, and comfort is excellent on all road surfaces.

It simply rolls over speed humps and lumpy level crossings leaving occupants completely unruffled.

And although it rolls a fair amount when pushed through corners, it clings on well.

There are no gaps in the performance and so it pulls hard all the way to motorway speeds and beyond, which I found very impressive.

A two-tonne towing capacity has meant that it is popular with those who need to tow a caravan, horsebox or boat and the excellent interior space gives good legroom throughout.

The boot is big and square and with the back seats down, there's room for bulky things like bikes or a couple of large dogs.

All models come with electrically adjusted and heated door mirrors with puddle lamps, RDS radio with Bluetooth, USB and aux, aircon, tinted glass and roof rails.

Fast Facts

Price: £22,000

Mechanical: 178bhp, 2,157cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed: 115mph

0-62mph: 9.9 seconds

Combined MPG: 48.7

Insurance Group: 25

C02 emissions: 152g/km

Bik rating: 32%

Warranty: 5yrs/unlimited miles

Did you enjoy this article? Subscribe to get the latest car news from Eurekar

Find out more > Find dealer > Visit website >

Image Library

Information correct at article date.

Powered By Driving Force

Driving Force comprises some of the most experienced motoring journalists in the United Kingdom. For more information click here.

Super Search

Super Search

Choose from one or more of the options to find the car for you.

Powered by Driving Force

1Choose a car

2Choose your lifestyle

To find the car that's right for you

A FULL-size MPV with room for seven adults, space for all of their luggage and four-wheel drive for the same price as...


SSANGYONG is not a name that is instantly familiar.Although the Korean manufacturer has been around for a while, with...


SSANGYONG'S revival seems to be gathering pace and the Korean car maker is starting to make its mark in the...


AS far as full-blown SUVs go they don't come much more versatile and rugged - or offer such great value-for-money...


Dealer Locator

Dealer Locator

Based on your search find the dealership nearest to you.

SOUTH Korean car maker SsangYong is best known for producing affordable SUVs and rugged off-road motors with...


KOREAN brand SsangYong is planning to pull off a master-stroke - courtesy of a new large SUV model.Called the LIV-2,...


BIG and bold it may be, beautiful it certainly is not. But in many ways, that's missing the point - the SsangYong...


KOREAN car maker SsangYong has upped the power on its Musso pick-up to give it the capability to haul up to 3.5 tonne...