Engines are a 147bhp or 173bhp 2.0-litre diesel, although the latter is available only in range-topping ELX4 form, which has on-demand four-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic gearbox. We’d go for the lower-powered engine with its standard six-speed manual gearbox; much of its power arrives in a surge at medium revs, but it has enough low-rev shove that you don’t have to change gear too often around town.
Ssangyong Korando ride & handling
The main problem with the Korando’s handling is body lean, which is very pronounced through corners, even if you’re not going particularly quickly. The Korando also runs out of grip earlier than most rivals and its steering is slow. Still, it feels settled on the motorway and soaks up most bumps quite well around town, so it is pretty comfortable.
Ssangyong Korando refinement
Engine refinement is the biggest issue here. Both engines are noisy and rattly, even under light acceleration, and there’s a noticeable background drone at a steady cruise. You feel a bit of vibration through the pedals, too, and wind and road noise are worse than in the Korando’s best rivals. A rubbery-feeling, long-throw gearshift also lets it down.