For The Ssangyong Rodius has a huge amount of space for people and cargo, as well as plenty of kit. The prices look tempting, too.
Against It's no oil painting, for a start, and it’s catasrophically short of safety kit. You'll also have to put up with a hard ride and disappointing residuals.
The Ssangyong Rodius is cheap, but you have to put up with oddball looks, poor interior quality and a hard ride. The lack of side and curtain airbags is simply unforgivable in a family car.
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The SsangYong Rodius is a real head-turner. Just not in a good way. This seven-seater follows the maximum-MPV-for-your-money approach, with lots of space inside and seats that can fold down, swivel around or be removed entirely.
Only one engine, a noisy 2.7-litre turbodiesel, powers the range. This powertrain churns out plenty of torque, but the Rodius’s bulk wipes out any worthy performance figures. It also causes poor fuel economy, and the CO2 emissions put the car in the highest VED tax band.
Handling is acceptable, if not on the same level as many competitors, and the ride is uncomfortably hard.
Decent equipment on the inside compensates to some extent for the interior’s cheap feel, but one big shortcoming is the absence of curtain and side airbags.
Also, before you’re seduced by its very tempting price, make sure you want to keep it long enough for the sting from its punishing depreciation to pass.
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