SsangYong Korando Sports 2.0 e-XDi EX:
- Gone are the old Mercedes diesel engines, instead the Korando Sports is powered by SsangYong’s own 153bhp, 2.0-litre e-XDi diesel which is pleasingly smooth. Our test Korando had this engine matched to the optional, slick-shifting six-speed auto box. Even with the auto box, the Korando Sports is still capable of 35.3mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 212g/km – impressive when compared to rivals.
- Our test pick up was the range-topping EX version, which had an notably high level of standard kit including leather trim, heated front seats, power operated and heated door mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning and electric windows – all for £18,495!
- If all the standard kit inside the Korando Sports doesn’t appeal, the impressive interior refinement will – we reckon it could be better than our favourite pick-up, the latest Mitsubishi L200!
- Okay, the Korando Sports hasn’t got the biggest load area in the all important 1,000kg threshold (it can carry up to 1,050kg!); still the 2.04 square metres is big enough to fit a Euro pallet and on our test car was made more practical with the fitment of £1,995 worth of ‘Elegance’ hard top.
- The interior quality might be disappointing, but the Korando feels durable enough and built to last. There’s also the reassurance of an industry-leading five-year warranty.
- This Korando’s driving position is comfortable enough, all the switchgear is logically placed and there’s enough space for four.
- Nowhere near as bad to look at as some of SsangYong’s previous efforts, but the Korando Sports is no beauty. In fact, the Korando proves that a lot of surface detailing does not a good-looking pick up make.
- We like the amount of standard kit in the Korando Sports, but we wish the interior was better finished. The faux carbon fibre around the gear change, the brittle-feeling column stalks and hard, scratchy plastics are particularly disappointing.
- It is a good thing the Korando Sports’ interior is so refined, because the 2.0-litre e-XDi diesel is very noisy from cold and when revved hard.
- The six-speed automatic transmission isn’t quick off the mark either – our test pick-up seemed to have plenty of accelerator travel before we actually got going.
- This SsangYong might have welcome, switchable four-wheel drive as standard. But despite this, we had some grip issues during the time we had this pick up. We’re not sure if it was a problem limited to this particular test car and its Hankook rubber, but when we eventually got going the traction control system seemed to come on with annoying frequency – even in the dry! This was actually welcome, as one day when coming off a wet roundabout at low speed, it snapped right and without this help, we’d surely have been in the undergrowth.
- Despite its name, there is nothing remotely sporty about the way the Korando Sports drives. The steering is woolly and imprecise and despite the innovative multi-link rear suspension, there’s some body roll. The ride is really unsettled around town too, although it does get better at speed.
If you can get past the exterior styling and variable interior quality, the SsangYong Korando Sports has a lot to offer the pick-up buyer. Compared to rivals it doesn’t cost much to buy, it has an impressive amount of standard equipment, shouldn’t cost too much to run and can seat five in relative comfort. This SsangYong is definitely worthy of a second look.
|On the road price (ex VAT):||£18,495|
|Load width (max):||1,600 mm|
|Load height:||750 mm|
|Load capacity:||2.7 tonnes|
|Towing capacity braked/unbraked:||2,700 kg/750 kg|
|Engine:||2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel|