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SSANGYONG KORANDO ESTATE

1.5 Ventura 5dr Auto

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Fuel Type
Fuel Type Petrol
Mileage
Mileage 39.80mpg
Co2
Co2 180.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Automatic
Top Speed
Top Speed 117mph

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SSANGYONG KORANDO 1.5 Ventura 5dr Auto

- Independent review from Car and Driving
  • Performance
    6
  • Handling
    6
  • Comfort
    6
  • Space
    8
  • Styling
    7
  • Build
    5
  • Value
    8
  • Equipment
    7
  • Economy
    5
  • Depreciation
    6
  • Insurance
    6

Jonathan Crouch thinks Ssangyong's Korando deserves a look if you're seeking an affordable family SUV, particularly now there's an EV version.

Background

Buying a mid-sized family-shaped SUV can be an expensive business these days. The ones you can have for anywhere near £25,000 tend to offer weedy performance and a relatively cramped interior. It's far more typical to be paying getting on for £30,000 for a 'Qashqai'-class family hatchback-based Crossover of this kind and many plusher models sit in the £30,000-£35,000 bracket. So what are we to make of this fourth generation Ssangyong Korando? Prices are pitched from a genuine £20,000, with a really nice one pitched at under £27,000. Pluss there's a full-electric version from under £31,000. This model's also better equipped than most comparable rivals and in fossil fuel form can tow heavier loads. But all of this you'd maybe expect from a Ssangyong. Can this one though, offer a properly class-competitive proposition when it comes to things like fit and finish, drive dynamics, efficiency and safety? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Three powertrains are now available to prospective Korando customers, but these days, all of them only drive the front wheels. The petrol choice is a 1.5-litre GDI-turbo unit with 163PS and 280Nm of torque. It's usually mated to 6-speed manual transmission but of uyou avoid base trim, it can alternatively be had with an auto gearbox. The other main choice (and the one that this car's core caravan-trailing and towing market will want) is the 1.6-litre diesel, which has to be had with an auto gearbox. Here, you get 136PS, but far more pulling power - 342Nm of it; enough to allow the car to pull up to 2.0-tonnes. If your Korando has the 6-speed automatic transmission, it'll also come with selectable 'Normal', 'Sport' and 'Winter' drive modes. This fourth generation Korando has a firm ride that can sometimes get slightly unsettled by low speed bumps on poorer surfaces, but that's because SsangYong has intentionally chosen a slightly firmer set-up to reduce body roll through the bends. That's paid off. Aided by its relatively stiff chassis, this car flows from corner to corner with surprising poise, aiding the smoothness of cross country journeys. The alternative to the fossil fuel variants is the Korando e-Motion full-electric model. This uses a 61.5kWh battery (only 55.3kWh of that capacity usable) offering an unremarkable WLTP range of 211 miles. A 188bhp drive motor powers the front axle and the 62mph sprint occupies around 9 seconds en route to 97mph.

Design and Build

Ssangyong is starting of smartly modern yet brand-distinctive design, as evidenced here. The usual robust SUV silhouette is complemented by the rather smart "birds wing"-style front grille which has become a visual identifier for modern SsangYong models. Plus strong side lines are matched with curved shoulder creases that taper towards the rear of the car, as well as a colour-keyed bumper, a rear spoiler and a rear skid plate, all of which lend this compact SUV an air of understated sportiness. Dependent on trim level, Korando offers a selection of alloy wheel designs with 17, 18 or 19-inch rims. The e-Motion full-electric version sets itself apart with a sealed front grille. Inside, the integrated wrap-around dashboard design is said to have been inspired by the design of a classical string instrument. At the top of the range, you get the brand's innovative "Blaze Cockpit" package, which gives you a 10.25-inch digital cluster and a 9-inch centre-dash infotainment display with a colour choice of 34 infinity mood lighting options. There's only one body style option, a 5-seater - but you do get reasonable rear seat legroom. And a decently-sized 551-litre boot too, which is unaffected in size if you opt for the EV variant. Fold the rear bench and the load area extends to 1248-litres of space.

Market and Model

There are three Korando trim levels - 'ELX', 'Ventura' and 'Ultimate' and you can only have 2WD. The base £20,000 price only gets you a base-spec front-driven 1.5-litre 'ELX' petrol model; unfortunately, it's not possibly to have the 1.6-litre diesel with either of the two more affordable trim levels (or with manual transmission), so prices for the black pump-fuelled derivative kicks off at quite a lot more - from just under £31,000. The 1.5-litre petrol derivative is manual-only in base 'ELX' form, but there's the £1,500 option of auto transmission with 'Ventura' or 'Ultimate' trim. The full-electric 'e-Motion' version of this car costs quite a lot more of course, also only available in 2WD form. Prices start at around £30,500 after subtraction of the £1,500 government plug-in grant. You'll pay around £35,000 for mid-range 'Ventura' trim - and around £38,000 for top-spec 'Ultimate'-spec. Got that? Good. On to equipment. Even the base-spec 'ELX' comes with features like 17-inch alloy wheels and cruise control. All the diesel variants get heated front seats, fabric and faux-leather upholstery, front and rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, an 8-inch centre-dash infotainment screen with smartphone-mirroring ('Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto'), a rear view camera and a full-sized spare wheel. Standard camera-driven safety features fitted as standard across the range include Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Autonomous Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane keeping Assist (LKA) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA).

Cost of Ownership

You probably wouldn't expect a really capable SUV like this one to be anything near class-leading in terms of its fuel and CO2 efficiency stats - and this one isn't - but its figures to get nearer to the prevailing class standard than those of its predecessor. The petrol manual version manages a WLTP-rated combined cycle fuel showing of 37.2mpg and a CO2 showing of 172g/km. That's with a manual gearbox; you'll do significantly worse with auto transmission. The diesel auto manages 46.3mpg and 159g/km. The e-Motion full EV version has a 211 mile WLTP-rated driving range and there's rapid charging potential at up to 100kW. As with all Ssangyong models, there's the peace of mind of a seven year/150,000 mile warranty. Where the Korando runs into trickier territory is in the area of residual values. With its limited dealer network and almost non-existent promotional budget, there's no getting away from the fact that public awareness of this vehicle is virtually nil. That can only have a detrimental effect on residual values which will never be as punchy as big name vehicles like the Nissan Qashqai, the SEAT Ateca or the Toyota RAV4. Some recompense comes with modest insurance ratings.

Summary

'Korea can do'. That's apparently what 'Korando' means - and it seems appropriate. After all, it's hard to think of a car maker that has come so far, so quickly as Ssangyong. This Korando remains very accessibly priced and feels even more class-competitive in this fourth generation guise. Yes, as the brand itself would admit, this remains a work in progress. But the signs with this car are that this Korean marque is learning quickly just what European customers really want. So how to summarise? Well we'd say that this Ssangyong is a difficult option to ignore if you need a really capable car of this kind. It can powerfully tow, will more comfortably transport five people than direct rivals can and offers up plenty of kit on a tight budget. You'll just have to get used to explaining to people what it is. And who knows, you might even end up suggesting that they try one..

Driver Convenience

  • 8" Smart audio screen
  • Apple CarPlay and Google Android auto
  • BlazeCockpit 10.25" full digital colour cluster
  • Bluetooth handsfree system
  • Driver attention alert system
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Electric power steering
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Forward collision warning
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keeping assistant (LKA)
  • Reversing camera
  • Traffic sign recognition

Entertainment

  • 6 speaker sound system
  • DAB/AM/FM radio with RDS
  • MP3, M4A, APE, OGG, WMA, FLAC & WAV file format play
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • USB and auxiliary socket

Exterior Features

  • Auto dipping headlights
  • Automatic headlight control and rain sensing aero type front wipers
  • Body coloured door mirrors with side repeater and puddle lamp
  • Body coloured exterior door handles
  • Chrome intake grille
  • Clean door seals
  • Combination antenna
  • Electric folding and heated door mirrors
  • Headlamp levelling
  • Headlight escort
  • High beam assist
  • High gloss rear skid plate
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • LED rear combination lights
  • Lower windscreen wiper de-icer
  • Projection headlights
  • Rear spoiler with high mounted LED stop light
  • Roof rails
  • Safety powered windows
  • Solar and noise control windscreen
  • Tinted windows
  • Visual VIN plate

Interior Features

  • 12V power outlets front and rear
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Adjustable sliding centre console armrest
  • Cabin air quality control system
  • Dual fabric and faux leather upholstery
  • Floor mats
  • Front door courtesy lamps
  • Heated front seats
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Illuminated sun visor with sliding extension
  • Leather covered steering wheel with bright accents
  • Leather gear knob
  • Luggage board
  • Luggage cover and net
  • Manual air conditioning
  • PVC door scuffs
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Rear folding centre armrest with cup holders
  • Rear head restraints
  • Rear outer ISOFIX child seat anchorage

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS/EBD
  • Active rollover protection
  • Automatic emergency braking system
  • Curtain airbags for front and rear passengers
  • Dual airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front passenger airbag on/off switch
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Front side airbags
  • Front vehicle start alert
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill start assist
  • Outer rear seatbelts with pre-tensioners and centre 3 point seatbelt
  • Safe Distance Warning
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Anti theft alarm and immobiliser
  • Folding keys with remote keyless entry system

Wheels

  • 18" diamond cut alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.76
  • CO2 (g/km)
    162
  • HC
    0.27
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    71
  • NOx
    0.02
  • Particles
    0.0002
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    180
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    189
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    156
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    226
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    169

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1497
  • Compression Ratio
    9.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    76
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    82.5
  • Engine Code
    175 950
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    39.8
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    44.1
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    34
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    10
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    7.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    28.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    37.7

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    163
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Ventura
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    21A
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    88
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    85
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    68
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    74
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    10000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    150000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    7
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 60 mph (secs)
    12
  • Engine Power - BHP
    163
  • Engine Power - KW
    120
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    207
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    28.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    280
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1500
  • Top Speed
    117

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    235/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    DIAMOND CUT
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1629
  • Length
    4450
  • Wheelbase
    2675
  • Width
    Not Available
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1870

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    50
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2040
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1248
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    551
  • Max. Loading Weight
    530
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    500
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1510
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.7

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