2019 Ssangyong Korando 1.5 GDI-turbo verdict

Does a cheaper, petrol-powered version make the new Ssangyong Korando a more tempting buy?...

Ssangyong Korando 2019 RHD left static

The 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine is a competent addition to the Ssangyong Korando line-up; despite not being the strongest performer, it should be suitable for most people’s needs and is much easier to justify for its price. Fuel economy is a bit disappointing, mind you, at just 35.8mpg.

If you intend on towing a trailer or caravan, the stronger diesel engine would be a better choice, but then the four-wheel-drive model at the top of the range is eye-wateringly expensive. 

We also reckon that the lesser trim levels will be better bets, because Ultimate starts at a steep £26,495. Entry-level ELX comes in at less than £20,000, and even mid-range Ventura saves you £3500 over Ultimate, while getting the same raft of safety equipment, air conditioning and Bluetooth. Just bear in mind that both the Skoda Karoq and Volvo XC40 make even more convincing family SUVs.

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What Car? Says…

Rated 3 out of 5

Ssangyong Korando 1.5 GDI-Turbo Ultimate 2WD auto specification

Price £27,995 On sale Now Engine 4cyl, 1497cc, turbocharged, petrol Power 161bhp @ 5500rpm Torque 207lb ft @ 1500-4500rpm Gearbox 6-spd automatic 0-62mph 12sec Top speed 117mph Economy 35.8mpg CO2, tax band 162g/km, 37%

Rivals Seat AtecaSkoda Karoq

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