The downsizing hurricane that swept over rivals hasn’t passed the latest Korando; in place of the previous 176bhp, 2.2-litre diesel, there’s a 134hp 1.6-litre diesel. Those of you who tow might be a little sceptical, but SsangYong still reckons the latest Korando can tow up to two tonnes.
The Korando diesel feels eager and responsive when setting off and acceleration in first gear feels pretty sprightly. Once past 30mph, though, you’ll find things smooth and fairly hushed rather than at all quick – indeed, you only hear the engine prominently when you floor the accelerator. This engine is impressively low on vibrations, too. We’ve yet to sample a Korando with the 1.5-litre petrol engine, but we’ll update this as soon as we have.
Compared to the previous Korando, the latest model has quite a firm suspension set-up and this helps it flow from corner to corner with decent poise on smooth roads. It remains controlled over gentle undulations, too, and fairly accurate, responsive steering means this is one Ssangyong that you might genuinely enjoy taking out for a drive.
On patchy surfaces, though, things are less impressive. Small bumps have the Korando pitching and fidgeting, and this jostling gets tiresome pretty quickly. Top-spec models fitted with 19in alloy wheels suffer the worst, but even entry-level models with 17-inch wheels aren’t immune. Overall, the Skoda Karoq provides a better balance between comfort and control.