Our cars: Ssangyong Korando - January
Week ending January 25
Driven this week 309
Ssangyong Korando review
So we've hit 10,000 miles in the Korando. To its credit, apart from the squeaky clutch pedal that set in after 6000 miles or so, it has stood up to the rigours of busy family life pretty well. The seats and plastics show no obvious signs of ageing, and all other aspects of the car feel essentially as they were when we took delivery.
The bits that I didn't like at the outset remain an issue: the fiddly Kenwood infotainment system; the unrefined clatter of the engine from cold; and the patchy interior finish.
Like most cars built to a price, the real test is yet to come because, let’s be honest, 10,000 miles is nothing by today's standards, where good-quality models with 60,000 miles plus can still feel tight and fresh.
Week ending January 18
Driven this week 423
There has been plenty of snow near where I live, but the local council seems to have been on the ball which means the Ssangyong has not really been challenged in the past week. Some untreated local lanes proved a bit more interesting, and certainly didn’t trouble the Korando’s traction.
Braking has been less impressive, with the ABS system kicking in unexpectedly at one stage. In the end though, it wasn’t really a problem.
Week ending January 11
Driven this week: 378
A milestone is within sight. Within the next couple of weeks we’ll hit 10,000 miles in the Korando which will be a good time to take stock of life in Ssangyong’s budget 4x4. If the weather forecasts are correct we’ll also have had an opportunity to try the car in slippery conditions as well.
The Ssangyong is not at its cleanest at the moment, but as the roads will be covered in salt for the next week there seems little point in doing anything about it. I prefer it dirty anyway – it takes the glare of the burnt orange paint down a level.
If I had my time over I would have chosen a different colour. Alternatives include three shades of grey/ silver, white, black and a sky blue. I think any of them would probably be a better bet to maximise the used sale price.
Week ending January 4
Driven this week: 187
Not much time has been spent in the Korando over the Christmas period as we spent most of it oversees with family. With four large bags/ suitcases to fit in the boot I was not confident of finding space for them and four passengers in comfort.
In the event, whilst it did require a little planning and jiggery-pokery, they fitted in better than I had expected and nobody ended up with bags on their laps, or even by their feet. Even the hand luggage made it into the boot.