Ssangyong Korando review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The entry-level pricing for the Korando starts off low, but rise through the trim levels and the price quickly ramps up. And even at the starting point of the lineup you can buy a Skoda Karoq, which is a significantly better car all round, for similar money.

Plus while some versions of the Korando are cheap to buy, it’s not especially thrifty to run. Even the base engine’s 172g/km CO2 emissions and combined 37mpg (WLTP) are not as good as many of its rivals’ equivalent engines, leading to a higher benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax bracket for company car users and worse fuel economy.

Ssangyong wasn’t included in our latest reliability survey, but every Korando comes with an impressive seven-year warranty – considerably more than what’s offered by the Seat Ateca, Nissan Qashqai and Karoq, and equalled only by the Kia Sportage.

A raft of safety systems come as standard, including auto emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane-keeping assistance. This helped the Korando achieve the full five star safety rating from experts Euro NCAP. Rivals like the Karoq, Ateca and Qashqai also achieve a five star score, but these results are difficult to compare directly because they were all done in different years, and the safety tests have become far more stringent in recent years – with the Korando tested most recently of that crop. However, looking at the breakdown of the scores the Korando compares very well; although rear passenger protection in the event of a full frontal collision is one weak point where the other cars performed better.

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Overview

The Ssangyong Korando gets closer to its rivals than ever before in terms of its driving experience. It's also very practical and comes with lots of safety features, but it's still outclassed by the best when it comes to comfort, pace and running costs. It's not actually that cheap when you move up to the models that have the equipment most people are looking for. So it’s worth a look, but we’d advise you to consider the myriad of better options available.

  • Impressive standard safety equipment
  • Very practical
  • Cheap starting price
  • Offset driving position
  • Higher running costs than rivals
  • Lacklustre engine line-up
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