Ssangyong Korando 2019 rear seats

Ssangyong Korando review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£19,995
What Car? Target Price£19,711
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

A keen purchase price will no doubt be one of the main draws to anyone interested in the Korando, because, as hinted above, its prices significantly undercut any other car of this size, and are more in line with SUVs from the class below; think Nissan Juke or Renault Captur

Entry-level ELX models come with air-con, alloy wheels, keyless entry, front and rear electric windows, cruise control and Bluetooth connectivity. Ventura models add rear privacy glass, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, faux leather upholstery, heated front seats, climate control and 18in wheels. 

The Pioneer model is geared towards caravan owners and comes with a 2 tonne towing limit, all-weather tires and a full-size spare wheel, alongside the equipment of the Ventura model. Top-spec Ultimate models add the aforementioned larger infotainment alongside leather upholstery and a raft of safety systems including auto emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane-keeping assistance.

While the Korando is cheap to buy, running it will be more costly. Its CO2 emissions are somewhat higher than rivals and lead to it falling into the highest benefit-in-kind bracket for company car users. Official fuel consumption figures are improved compared to the previous model, but are nothing class-leading, either.

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Verdict

The Ssangyong Korando is a closer rival to its European rivals than ever before, and combines versatility with agility and generous equipment, at an attractive price. Its running costs are rather high, though, and ride comfort could be better, so it’s hard to recommend the Korando over the best in this class.

  • Good value
  • Powerful engine
  • Very practical
  • Disappointing interior
  • High running costs
  • Poor resale values