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Ssangyong KORANDO ESTATE 1.5 Ultimate 5dr

Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
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Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr
Ssangyong KORANDO 1.5 Ultimate 5dr

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  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG40.90
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed119 mph
  • C02157 g/km
  • BHP163
  • Torque207 lbs/f
  • P11D35%


Ssangyong's Korando has previously been something of a fringe player in the value reaches of the mid-sized SUV class, but this MK4 model aims to edge into the mainstream. It's well equipped, rather smart and can tow up to 2.0-tonnes. Sounds promising.

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Jonathan Crouch thinks Ssangyong's Korando deserves a place on any family SUV buyer's shopping list.


Buying a mid-sized family-shaped SUV can be an expensive business these days. The ones you can have for anywhere near £20,000 tend to offer weedy performance and a relatively cramped interior. It's far more typical to be paying £25,000-£30,000 for a 'Qashqai'-class family hatchback-based Crossover of this kind and many plusher models sit in the £30,000-£40,000 bracket. So what are we to make of this, the fourth generation version of Ssangyong's Korando? From launch, prices were pitched at a genuine £20,000, with a really nice one pitched at under £27,000. This model's also better equipped than most comparable rivals and 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

Two engines are available to prospective Korando customers. The petrol choice is a 1.5-litre GDI-turbo unit with 163PS and 280Nm of torque which can only be had with front-wheel drive. It's usually mated to 6-speed manual transmission but the top-spec version 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. Unlike most of its rivals, the diesel version of this Korando is available with a capable all-wheel drive system, this one featuring 'Automatic Drive Control', which ensures that the speed of each wheel is individually monitored in real-time. If a wheel slip is detected, torque is automatically redistributed to the wheel where it is needed most, thus maximising traction over treacherous roads. You'll normally drive with the AWD system in its 'Auto' mode, but for traversing really arduous terrain, there's a selectable 'Lock-Mode' option which increases torque delivery to the rear wheels for improved traction and stability.

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 diamond cut rims. 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 boot too - the load area offers up to 1248-litres of space in the back.

Market and Model

There are four Korando trim levels - 'ELX', 'Ventura', 'Pioneer' and 'Ultimate'. 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, so prices for black pump-fuelled derivatives kick off at quite a lot more - from just under £27,000, with a further £2,000 premium being needed if you want AWD. All diesel variants come with auto transmission. The 1.5-litre petrol derivatives get a manual 'box, unless you opt for top 'Ultimate' spec, with offers an auto variant for £1,500 more. 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 diesel version manages a WLTP-rated combined cycle fuel showing of 48.7mpg and an NEDC-rated CO2 showing of 144g/km. That's with a manual gearbox; you'll do significantly worse with auto transmission because in this guise, the Korando doesn't get an auto start-stop system. 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 Skoda Yeti or the Toyota RAV4. Some recompense comes with modest insurance ratings.


'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..

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
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 gloss rear skid plate
Intermittent rear wiper
LED daytime running lights
LED front fog lights
LED multi focus reflector headlamps
LED rear combination lights
Lower windscreen wiper de-icer
Privacy glass (rear door, quarter and tailgate)
Rear spoiler with high mounted LED stop light
Safety powered windows
Silver/black effect roof rails
Solar and noise control windscreen
Tinted windows
Visual VIN plate
Driver Convenience
9" HD screen with link to BlazeCockpit colour cluster
Apple CarPlay and Google Android auto
BlazeCockpit 10.25" full digital colour cluster
Bluetooth handsfree system
Cluster ionizer
Driver attention alert system
Electric power steering
Electronic cruise control
Front and rear parking sensors
Lane departure warning system
Lane keeping assistant (LKA)
Push button start
Reversing camera
TomTom navigation system
Traffic sign recognition
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
Interior Features
12V power outlets front and rear
2 zone automatic air conditioning
4 way power lumbar driver seat
60/40 split folding rear seat
8 way power adjust front passenger seat
Adjustable sliding centre console armrest
BlazeCockpit Infinity mood lighting
Cabin air quality control system
Floor mats
Front door courtesy lamps
Heated front seats
Heated steering wheel
Height adjustable front headrests
Illuminated glovebox
Illuminated sun visor with sliding extension
Leather covered steering wheel with bright accents
Luggage board
Luggage cover and net
Premium leather upholstery
PVC door scuffs
Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
Rear folding centre armrest with cup holders
Rear outer ISOFIX child seat anchorage
Stainless front door scuff
Ventilated front seats with dual blowers
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Active rollover protection
Automatic emergency braking system
Curtain airbags for front and rear passengers
Dual airbags for driver and front passenger
eCall emergency call system
Electronic parking brake with auto hold
Electronic Stability Programme
Emergency stop signalling system
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
Anti theft alarm and immobiliser
Folding keys with remote keyless entry system
Smart key system with window control and auto closing function
18" diamond cut alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.28
CO2 (g/km) 157
HC 0.02
Noise Level dB(A) 65
NOx 0.02
Particles 0.0006
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 172
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 181
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 149
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 216
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 162
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
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 40.9
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 47.9
EC Urban (mpg) 33.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 9.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 7.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb 37.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 35.3
WLTP - MPG - High 42.8
WLTP - MPG - Low 29.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium 39.8
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 163
Coin Series Ultimate
Generation Mark 3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 23A
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
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
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 119
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 235/55 R18
Tyre Size Rear 235/55 R18
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1629
Length 4450
Wheelbase 2675
Width (including mirrors) 1870
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 2010
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1248
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 551
Max. Loading Weight 505
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 500
Minimum Kerbweight 1505
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.7


Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
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24 months 10,000 miles p/a £632.38 p/m £20.34 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £669.97 p/m £52.46 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £703.99 p/m £87.08 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £490.88 p/m £30.00 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £529.27 p/m £63.84 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £558.91 p/m £105.05 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £433.97 p/m £37.47 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £467.17 p/m £75.24 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Exterior Features
Metallic paint £550.00
Metallic - Cherry red £550.00
Metallic - Dandy blue £550.00
Metallic - Platinum grey £550.00
Metallic - Silent silver £550.00
Metallic - Space Black £550.00
Solid - Grand white FOC
Premium leather - Black FOC
Premium leather - Soft grey FOC
* option prices shown are estimated