Ssangyong Korando Road Test Review

SsangYong – the Korean vehicle manufacturer – with the odd sounding name has relaunched in Australia. Better known here for its range of peculiar looking vehicles, including such gems as the Stavic and Chairman, SsangYong has just launched its first new model in three years: enter the Korando. Ready to go almost two years ago, the new compact SUV had to cool its heels until a buyer was found for the Korean company. Mahindra, the huge Indian automotive conglomerate, bought a controlling interest of 70 per cent. The wheels started turning again in January this year. “The new Korando is going to be the brand-defining model for SsangYong in Australia,” according to SsangYong general manager, Jeff Barber. He claims it’s going to make the brand more relevant to the Australian market. That’s a big call, although on paper the new Korando looks the goods. The three-model line-up will be exclusively diesel powered via a state-of-the-art 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, which is Euro 5 emission compliant. Claimed fuel consumption is 6.1-7.3L/100km (combined) depending on the specification. And the Korando will be available with a six-speed automatic – something many of its rivals don’t offer. The entry-level S offers prospective SUV buyers a two-wheel drive version (following the current trend) and it’s also front-wheel drive. That’s new territory for the brand, as all previous models have been rear-wheel drive or 4×4. Make: Ssangyong, Model: Korando, Engine: 2.0 litre in-line four cylinder turbocharged diesel. Drivetrain: AWD Power: 129kW@4000 rpm Torque: 360Nm@2000-3000 rpm Transmission: six-speed automatic Kerb Weight: NA Fuel Consumption: 7.3L/100kms Safety: Not tested Price: (MLP)$38,775.

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