The Ssangyong Rodius has a huge amount of space for people and cargo, as well as plenty of kit. The prices look tempting, too.
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.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
There’s just one engine in the line-up: a 163bhp, 252lb ft 2.7-litre diesel unit. It’s pretty strong, then, but it’s hindered by the sheer size and weight of the Rodius. Some versions have a five-speed automatic gearbox, which is slow to change and which pushes the 0-60 time to over 15 seconds.
Ride & Handling
The Rodius clings on pretty faithfully in bends, but there are many other MPVs that are more rewarding to drive. The steering is light in town, but it’s also very slow, so lots of arm-twirling is required when parking. The biggest problem, though, is the rock-solid ride quality. Occupants will wince over every bump in the road.
The Rodius's diesel engine is distinctly 'old school'. There's plenty of clatter, especially at idle and during acceleration, although mechanical noise fades into the background at faster speeds, partly because road noise takes over. Those in the back have to really shout to make themselves heard in the front.