Ssangyong Korando review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£19,995
What Car? Target Price£19,711
Ssangyong Korando 2019 rear seats
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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 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-conditioning, alloy wheels, keyless entry, front and rear electric windows, cruise control and Bluetooth connectivity. Ventura models add rear privacy glass, an 8.0inch touchscreen infotainment system, faux leather upholstery, heated front seats, climate control and 18in wheels. 

The Pioneer model is geared towards caravan owners, and is available with the diesel engine only and the choice of two or four-wheel drive. The latter gives you a two-tonne towing limit, all-weather tyres and a full-size spare wheel alongside the equipment of the Ventura model. Top-spec Ultimate models give you the larger of the infotainment systems described earlier, along with 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, it’s not especially thrifty to run. Its CO2 emissions are somewhat higher than those of rivals and lead to it falling into the highest benefit-in-kind bracket for company car users. Official figures of 37.5mpg and 157g/km of CO2 for the 1.5-litre petrol engine and manual gearbox are disappointing; the equivalent Skoda Karoq officially returns 44.2mpg and emits a considerably lower 123g/km of CO2. 

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Overview

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
  • Offset driving position
  • High running costs
  • Poor resale values