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.