Ssangyong Korando review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Performance & drive

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  • Ssangyong Korando 2021 front cornering
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  • Ssangyong Korando 2021 interior driver display
  • Ssangyong Korando 2021 interior rear seats
  • Ssangyong Korando 2021 boot open
  • Ssangyong Korando 2021 right static
  • Ssangyong Korando 2021 rear static
  • Ssangyong Korando 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Ssangyong Korando 2021 interior rear seats
  • Ssangyong Korando 2021 interior detail
  • Ssangyong Korando 2021 interior detail
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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

If you opt for the 134bhp 1.6 diesel and six-speed automatic, the Ssangyong Korando feels reasonably eager and responsive at first, but that impression doesn't last. The 12.0sec 0-60mph time is testament to the fact that it’s not actually that quick flat out compared with a lot of rivals out there – the Skoda Karoq 1.6 TDI 115 is quite a bit punchier, for example.

While straight-line pace leaves you wanting, it is gutsy, with enough muscle to tow up to two tonnes (with two or four-wheel drive) as long as you’re not in a hurry. It’s also impressively smooth for a diesel and keeps you largely free from intrusive vibrations inside, so it’s the most useful engine in the range.