• Good looking Ssangyong, all the boxes ticked, price, 5-Year warranty
  • Beaten by Kia Sportage in the handling department, no rear camera option

OUR RATING
5 / 10



Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review

Model tested: 2011 Ssangyong Korando SX D20T AWD 2.0 turbo diesel, six-speed manual: $30,311 (Manufacturer’s List Price)

This is the all-new Ssangyong Korando – it’s good, and you’re going to be seeing a lot of them on the road soon enough

It’s the new global face of Ssangyong. Not only does it get a big tick in the looks department, but it also delivers on performance and handling.

For the last couple of years The Ssangyong Motor Company of Korea has been in limbo after the Korean unions refused to cut the labour force in the midst of the deepening GFC. That action alone forced the majority shareholder, Shanghai Automotive to stop the cash flow to the company.

Enter Indian industrial powerhouse Mahindra & Mahindra, who is poised to take a controlling 70 percent stake in Ssangyong, which will provide the cash and resources to take the company forward for the next decade or so.

Mahindra’s Automotive president reckons it got a bargain too when he said:

“Mahindra has got the ‘deal of the decade’ in acquiring an existing production facility, a strong model line-up and an outstanding engineering talent and skills based workforce that has now demonstrated its ability to build a world class car in the form of the new Korando…”

Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review

He’s right; after a test drive route, which covered 300 kilometres across dirt tracks and tarmac, the Korando has what it takes to compete in the highly competitive compact SUV segment, especially when you consider the entry-level price of just $26,311 for the two-wheel drive Korando S with a six-speed manual transmission.

Malaysian automotive conglomerate Sime Darby, signed up to distribute the Ssangyong brand in Australia a couple of years ago, and that should provide a level of comfort for those folks with any reservations.

Sime Darby employs over 100,000 people and has an extensive portfolio, which includes distribution of BMW across Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, New Zealand; assembly of Hyundai, Ford and BMW in Malaysia; retail of Rolls Royce in Hong Kong; and sale of Suzuki in Macau, Lamborghini in China and Porsche in Malaysia.

It is also the largest retailer of luxury vehicles in New Zealand, as well as the importer for Peugeot, Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge in that country. In Australia, the company handles the distribution of Peugeot and is the Caterpillar importer/distributor in Queensland and the Northern Territory. Needless to say, Sime Darby knows the car business inside out.

Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review

Ssangyong has always struggled in the styling department. Its moderate success in the late 80s with the Ssangyong Musso SUV was largely based on the fact that it used a Mercedes-Benz drivetrain, a point that was widely publicised, but it wasn’t much of a looker. It didn’t get any better either, with most Ssangyongs of the last decade coping a lethal flogging by the ugly stick.

Thankfully, someone inside Ssangyong decided to give Giorgetto Giugiaro a shot at the fourth generation Korando. It shows too in what is a great looking SUV. Mind you, Ssangyong desperately needed the Korando to be a winner and failure to do so could have meant curtains for the company.

For those of you who haven’t heard of Giugiaro, he is one of the living legends of automotive design. In 1999 he was named Car Designer of the Century with credits that include the Ferrari 250 Berlinetta Bertone, BMW M1, Maserati Bora, Lotus Esprit S1 and even the VW Golf I. Let’s just hope that it’s not the last Ssangyong that Italdesign (Guigiaro’s design studio) pens for the car company.

Rob Dommerson, the Managing Director of Sime Darby in Australasia said yesterday that he believed the Korando

“can go head-to-head with the best of those competitors in the segment”.

He also told the press corps that

“If Korando is the forerunner for the next generation of Ssangyong models then – they’re absolutely on the money”.

Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review

He’s right, but that’s a big if.

Unlike Ssangyong designs of the past, the Korando has been blessed with a smooth overall shape devoid of any nasty angles. There are also enough metallic accents around the car to give it a polished, if not, classy appearance.

I particularly like the shape of the twin chrome exhaust tips, which have been semi-integrated into the diffuser. The meshed grille and lower air intake also work well to give a sporty/premium look about the car, as does the wrap around headlight assembly. It’s tasteful, and not too overdone.

There’s a relatively high beltline, but side visibility is good. Where I have a slight problem is the rear tailgate glass: it’s steeply raked and there isn’t much of it, which limits rear visibility. Compounding the issue is that there’s no rear camera option, although rear-parking sensors are standard on the Korando SPR variant.

That said the level of standard kit Ssangyong has thrown at this vehicle is impressive, perhaps even class-leading. That’s a sizeable advantage given the intense competition in the compact SUV segment in this country.

Standard features across the entire Korando range include alloy wheels including the spare, heated side mirrors with safety light, wiper de-icer (front), electronic anti-glare rear view mirror, six-speaker audio unit with Bluetooth streaming and phone connectivity (it’s dead easy to use), as well as a stack of other gear.

It’s the same story when it comes to safety, there’s a full suite of active and passive safety systems, along with additional features such as Active Rollover Protection, Hill Start Assist, Active Head Restraints and Emergency Stopping Signal.

Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review

Inside, the Korando doesn’t disappoint either. Mostly high quality materials have been used throughout the cabin, although you won’t find any soft touch on the dash. It’s no deal breaker as the material looks and feels like a premium plastic.

The console and associated switchgear are well laid out and very functional, and there are just the enough metal accents to offset the darker finish inside the cabin. The highlight is the one-touch button for Bluetooth streaming from your iPhone – an absolute treat if you prefer music to the endless stream of talk back dribble and radio ads.

There’s no clutter in the instrument display either, just a pair of clean round bezels with a metallic surround for a thoroughly Euro finish. The leather bound steering wheel has a sporty look and feel to it, as well as having all the usual remote buttons.

For a compact SUV, the interior architecture has been well thought out. There’s considerable head and legroom for front and rear seats, as well as an endless array of storage compartments. Luggage space is well catered for too with a large loading area behind the rear seats.

So it looks and feels good inside and out, but for the Korando to succeed in the one of the most hotly contested automotive segments in Australia, it needs to deliver when it comes to performance and handling.

Ssangyong won’t say where its e-XDi200 2.0L diesel is from, except that the components are European sourced, and that the engine is assembled at the Ssangyong plant in Korea. Lift up the bonnet though, and you’d be forgiven for thinking it looks awfully like a Benz cover, and yes, it complies with stringent Euro V emissions.

Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review

Right from idle, I can say unequivocally that this engine is quieter than both the Hyundai iX35 and the Kia Sportage diesel variants. It’s no different under full load either, with all 129kW and 360Nm on-song, passengers are well insulated from that diesel clatter, which tends to intrude into the cabins of these smaller diesel vehicles.

There’s plenty of punch too, but you’ll need to keep the revs up near 2000rpm for smooth shifts, particularly down in the lower gear ratios. It’s not that the six-speed transmission is notchy at all; in fact, it’s a very sweet short shift unit that requires little more than a gentle nudge. It’s just that there’s a bit of torque hole if you give it too much throttle, too early in the rev range.

That said, we’re keen to get behind the wheel of the optional six-speed automatic box, which is being produced right here in our own backyard by DSI in Albury. This will be an e-Tronic transmission that will have steering wheel-mounted shift buttons and will provide optimal shift points depending road conditions and driving style. We won’t have to wait long, as according to Ssangyong boss Jeff Barber, the automatic versions are being built at this very moment and will arrive in Australia in March.

The initial allocation of 301 manual Korandos have already been sold to the dealer network, who are anxious to get their hands on the auto versions as quickly as possible, given the substantial media campaign behind what is essentially a global relaunch of the Ssangyong brand.

Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review

At 110km/h the Korando cruises effortlessly in top gear, and overtaking on country roads is a breeze. As far as 2.0-litre diesels go, this is one of the more refined units in play, with plenty of mid-range torque in all gear ratios.

The Korando feels planted on the road too. That’s partially due to the engine sitting low in the chassis, for a lower centre of gravity than the normal approach. Despite being a compact SUV, you can still have some fun on those lonely twisty roads out of town. There is, however, a natural tendency to understeer if you’re pushing in the corners, but that’s a characteristic of front-wheel drive, which is the predominant drive mode for this ‘torque on demand’ AWD system in the Korando.

While the chassis feels rigid there’s still a decent level of compliance for a comfortable ride on wide variety of road surfaces.

Equally impressive, is the way the Korando handles some very average dirt roads littered with corrugations. The ride is not only comfortable, but the car tracked as straight as a die on the rough stuff, and required little if any steering correction.

If the going gets tough, then drivers can engage the ‘4WD LOCK’ mode, which will then distribute the torque on a 50/50 basis front and back for high traction levels.

There’s plenty of stopping power on board the Korando too, with some rather sensitive brakes requiring light pedal pressure only.

As a Euro V-compliant engine, fuel efficiency and low emissions are part of the Korando advantage. It’s obviously better with the two-wheel drive variants, with the manual burning through just 6.1 litres/100km and producing CO2 emissions of a low 159g/km, while the auto returns 7.3 litres/100km with 194g/km.

Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review

All-wheel drive versions of Korando aren’t that far behind, with 6.4-litres/100km and 169g/km for the manual and 7.5-litres/km and 199g/km for the auto.

Towing small boats and jet skis won’t be an issue either as the Korando has a 2000kg braked trailer limit.

Price alone dictates that the Korando be included on the compact SUV shortlist. Add to that great styling, Euro V diesel engine, good performance and handling, and a raft of other creature comforts, and what we have here is a viable contender from Ssangyong.

The 2011 Ssangyong Korando range is on sale now (automatics available from March) for the following manufacturer’s list prices:
• S front-wheel drive manual – $26,311 ($27,990 driveaway)
• S front-wheel drive automatic – $28,811
• SX all-wheel drive manual – $30,311
• SX all-wheel drive automatic – $32,811
• SPR all-wheel drive automatic – $36,811

S Model Standard Features
-2WD
-Six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission
-Leather wrapped steering wheel and gear selector
-Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Brake Assist System and Hill Start Assist
-16” alloy wheels, including spare
-Silver roof rails
-Fabric seat trim
-Remote keyless entry
-Six SRS airbags — dual front airbags, side airbags and curtain airbags
-AM/FMCD audio with MP3 and USB facilities
-Six speakers
-Bluetooth with audio streaming
-Power windows
-Auto dimming interior rearview mirror
-Cruise control with Eco mode
-Tilt adjustable steering wheel, with audio, Bluetooth and automatic transmission shift controls
-Power and heated external door mirrors with LED side repeaters and safety down light
-Driver and passenger vanity mirrors
-Optional rear cargo cover and net
-Front & rear floor mats
-Manual height adjustable driver’s seat
-Trip computer
-Centre high mounted LED stop lamp
-Alarm
-Manual controlled air-conditioning with seven-speed fan
-Roof mounted antenna

Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review
Ssangyong Korando Review

SX Models Features
All of the features included in the S model plus
-Active AWD
-17” alloy wheels including full size alloy spare
-Front fog lamps
-Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors
-Rear cargo cover and net
-Climate Control air-conditioning

SPR Models
All of the features included in SX models plus
-Six-speed automatic as standard
-18” alloy wheels including full size alloy spare
-Rear roof mounted spoiler
-Power sunroof
-Leather seat trim
-Heated front seats
-Power adjustable driver’s seat
-Power folding external door mirrors
-Driver controlled headlight leveling
-Rear Parking Sensors


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  • http://baji192.wordpress.com Baji

    How does the Koranda compare to the other korean offerings in terms of ride and handling?

    • http://MARTIN BP legacy 3.0RB

      You said compare blunt knife and blunt knife.
      At least they are all shiny…

      • Jeremy

        I’m assuming that is an ignorant statement.
        Hyundai and Kia’s latest offerings have won many awards and with good reason.

  • Matt J

    I dont think anyone against this being a massive step up for Ssangyong. Credit to them they made a decent looking and competent vehicle. My only question would be how does resale stack up in the future? Well done nevertheless.

  • Nick K

    For me the styling is too derivative and there are big question marks about the stability of the brand… Good product aside. For me it is too much to committ to this brand.

    • Nasal Explorer

      If it’s derivative, you need to explain what it’s derived from; don’t just throw the word out there.

      • Thomas

        I’ve got this one Nick – C A P T I V A.

  • Rodders

    Looks Very Promising…lots of features for the money..But yes the Resale would be an issue in the Future…
    However saying that the Ssangyong Website has the SPR version at $38,775 Driveaway for NSW
    Thats over $4000 cheaper than Top of the Range Sportage or IX35 versions & has similar features

    • Rodders

      sorry i should have added the “onroad” prices i had been quoted for IX35 highlander & Sportage platinum were well over $42 K..

  • Horntut

    as good as this car is, i just can’t get past the snicker one receives when they pull up into a hotel in a Korean/Chinese etc car. I wish people would be less judgmental and appreciate cars for what they are, not what they were.

    • David

      Who bloody cares what people think…jesus! buy it for yourself and enjoy! Stop this crap with what people think!

      • JooberFPVGT

        It’s a major factor (infact a human trait) to products plus yourself being seen in public, why do car companies (or infact any product manufacturer) strive to make hot designs for their cars if people think in your way?

      • Ed

        as much as id like to not really care, i do care what people think and i don’t think youd like to be looked down upon by people. its just being human

  • Hung Low

    Good for them I say! Apart from the clock from an 80′s Sigma it seems on par with the other Korean rivals except it is priced more reasonably than the others.
    Resale aside, the other major issue with Ssangyong has been the availability of spares in the past. This is an area that needs major improvement!

  • Yonny

    It’s not dog-ugly – that’s a first for Ssangyong, isn’t it?

    Actually, it looks pretty reasonable, and sounds OK as far as specs and price go.

  • Nasal Explorer

    “talk back dribble” should be “talk back drivel”.

    • Jeremy

      both are true!

  • Daniel L

    Sounds like they have put together a decent car, the design on the outside looks a bit of Holden captiva 5 mixed with the old Hyundai Tucson, overall it looks okay…..

    • David

      sighs…every car has a bit of this and bits of that if you really wanna be technical!

  • nickdl

    Yeah I reckon it strongly resembles a Captiva 5. Also has a bit of Q5 there as well. It seems like a pretty good car, but I wouldn’t own one. The interior does look pretty cheap and I’m still not convinced that Ssangyong quality and reliability are up to scratch – Ssangyong spares cost a fortune.

    I’d go for the ASX. At $31,990 for the base diesel, it’s quite a similar price to the AWD diesel manual for a similar level of kit and similarly cheap interior. It is a bit smaller but it would be better to drive and it’s more economical. Mitsubishi make some of the most reliable vehicles so it would cost next to nothing to run. That’s if you want a diesel. Otherwise, it’s hard to go past a base petrol Sportage, if you’re prepared to wait.

  • Shak

    I guess if people are giving the other Koreans a go now, they shouldn’t be too judgemental with SsangYong’s second coming. However, SsangYong is going to have to notch up a couple of Awards to add onto their advertising campaign or do some high level Sponsorship for people to even realise that they have returned and have some pretty darned good product to offer.

  • Valet Dabess

    Those wheels are kinda small

    • Damian

      That’s what I was thinking! Seems only obvious draw-back in the design to my eye is the wheels look too small (esp at the back).

  • m2m

    Judging by the amount of Great Walls I see driving around, i don’t think brand is going to be too much of an issue for Aussie buyers on a budget.
    The Korando sounds perfect for these kind of people and they’re not left with a 0-100 time of here to christmas. Well done Ssanyong!

  • fishman

    How are these guys able to source a decent diesel engine for this car, when the likes of Toyota & Honda (and Nissan Dualis) fail to do so? Shame on them!

    Good on them though…although its not much of a looker, its a cracking value proposition, and it shows up how over-priced the diesel Sportage & ix35 are…

    • Labrys

      I believe there is a good diesel engine for the Dualis.
      It’s just not sold in Australia.
      There are a lot more options for the Dualis (Qashqai) in Europe.

      • fishman

        There’s actually 2 – both a 1.5 and 2.0ltr dci are sold by Nissan in Europe with the Qashqai; ditto Toyota and Honda – I actually drove a cracking diesel Toyota Yaris in France a few years ago and got outstanding economy. No danger of getting it over here though.

        For some unfathomable reason these companies dont see fit to bring them over, which makes it no surprise that Kia & Hyundai are cleaning up with their SUV offerings, even at the prices they now charge….

  • Nick K

    Hey Nasal… It looks like another GG design nice but I have seen all before. So I’ll throw that out there.

  • Roger Ramjet

    The base model with the diesel ($26k) is priced very well for the grunt on offer, Hyundai and Kia are charging too much for a diesel option ( $35k ), and as bad as people may think the interior plastics and materials looks on this, its pretty much the same as the IX35 & Sportage!

    • fishman

      Could not agree more, Kia & Hyundai are not a great value proposition with their diesel models in the sportage/ix35, which this highlights all too clearly. And these are the only ones worth getting.

      What I dont understand is how a brand like Ssangyong can offer a decent diesel engine, and the likes of Toyota, Honda, and Nissan (with the Dualis) cannot. Shame on them!

  • darkone

    this is much better looking than the old stuff they made,but then again this and the actyon ute are value for money.yes the ute is ugly,but I would like to see some japanese manufactureres offer these many features for half of theyre prices

    • Hung Low

      It is a real shame about that Actyon ute front design. That aside, they really are a good ute. More comfortable and more car like to drive than most of the competition and not bad off road in the 4X4 version, nice little diesel engine too from my experience!
      It’s a case where look’s do come first I’m afraid, or these would have sold much much better.

  • Jex

    Well if they cut corner’s anywhere it was definitely with that clock. EWW! belongs in the 80′s.

  • Steven

    Tilt adjustable steering only = fail. That rules out taller drivers immediately.

    The front seats also look very flat and unsupportive around the thigh area.

  • Labrys

    With Hyundai and Kia prices rising it looks like Ssangyong may be in the position to enter the lower priced market to replace them.
    Not a bad thing really as more compeition is good.
    It will be interesting to see in which direction Hyundai and Kia head though as they try to move away from being know as “cheap” cars.
    Having said that I bought a Hyundai I30cw diesel a couple off weeks ago.
    Clocked up about 400km so far and I’m loving it.

  • Blokie

    doesnt look too bad

  • Hung Diep

    Wow, sounds like a great offering from Ssangyong, lets hope this is the car to improve the brands image. Regardless, if you are going to keep the vehicle 5-10 years I really dont think resale is an issue. You buy a car to use not for how much you get back when trading in.

  • Terrak

    Great package from SSangyong. If this was around when i was purchasing my ASX it would have definately been one of the cars i would consider. Looks great. However i still would have stuck to the ASX for my personal needs. With my ASX Aspire achieving 8.9L per 100kms on Petrol it still maitains excellent fuel economy although it lacks the power and torque of the Korando. Also in Aspire guise the Full Media features from the 7 inch MMCS including Reversing Camera, DVD and GPS are other features that the ASX has over the Korando, not to mention the calling features of the MMCS. Its really handy device and once you use it you\’ll wonder how you could have a car with out it, its really that useful.

    At the cheaper Prices i think this car is awesome value and much better then most if not all of its competition but the ASX in Aspire guise i still believe the ASX has strong value in comparison.

  • Terrak

    I do have a big complaint about this review. Why is the 5 year warranty a tick here and other cars with 5 year warranties this is not mentioned as a positive? Consistency please reviewers.

  • Hung Diep

    Terrak, ASX Aspire not really a competitor for the Korando, most Korando’s sold will be in basic spec, the ASX basic @ $26,990 or Outlander @ $28,990 driveaway are fairer comparisons, the Korando having a hi-tec Diesel engine seems a better value equation when comparing these. Not everyone wants all the wank on high-spec variants, each to their own though.

    • Terrak

      The Korando has a version within the Price Range of the Aspire so it is a fair comparison. Im not comparing the low end Korando to a high end ASX. Thats ridiculous. If car comparisons are to be made it should be within the same or similar price range.
      After driving the Aspire for a while i find the Media features of the MMCS invaluable. Its not just ‘wank’ value as you so elegantly put it. The Reversing Camera (Makes Parking a breeze), GPS (Fast and accurate), 7″ touch screen and Bluetooth integration (Make calls from the touch screen) are very useful in day to day driving. If they were cheaper that would be great but there not.

  • Hunter08

    Just drove one (SX AWD Manual) today. Both my wife & I were quite impressed – quite, powerful, comfortable, handled well (compared to other SUVs but obviously as good as our MX-5 though), very good value for money. Have used some other SUVs for work and test driven even more. This isn’t the best of the lot but is very, very good and would be the best value for money. Please drive this, or any vehicle, before you comment on it so you aren’t speaking from ignorance.

    • Hunter08

      Bad spelling & grammar on my part – should’ve been quiet. not “quite” and handling is NOT as good as the MX-5.

  • robin lerch

    my son has just bought a black sx manual korando & it is so good
    what great value in a diesel motor car

  • jim

    For all of you who worry about what I would think of you driving this car…you’re too late, I’m already thinking that its prats like you who are loved by other ‘prestige’ manufacturers who’s overpriced cars sell to the likes of you.

  • John Eustace

    Very impressed with the looks and ride of the model S. Impressive list of standard equipment fitted to the vehicle. After reading the excellent reviews for the Korando and looking at other comparable SUV,s, I have today ordered a model S automatic. My retirement present.

  • John Eustace

    Took delivery of my S automatic on 10 June. Very pleased with initial kms travelled. Performance is excellent, a little lag time changing from first to second however transmission smooth. Surprising power for 2.0litre motor. Minimal engine and road noise. Very impressed. Outstanding service by Launceston dealership. Recommend. And yes I am over 60.

  • Juergen SSeeman

    One of the best . much good then China made.

  • Cali

    I have read all your comments with great interest. I am contemplating buying the S auto, but have heard that parts are hard to come by and very expensive. How do I find out the trch about these matters. I am ova 60 and female, and I don’t need problems down the track.

  • John Eustace

    Took my S Auto vehicle from Melbourne to Newscastle and return. Very impressive with all aspects of the vehicles performance. Combined fuel economy of 7.8 lt / 100 k. However highway running of 6.3. Vehicle completed 3800 kms. Very pleased.

  • SUV buyer

    I was considering this car, as well as the Nissan Dualis, Holden Captiva and the Hyundai ix35 / Kia Sportage.

    We really like the interior of the Korando, especially the legroom at the back, at the moment you can have an auto Korando for about 28k drive away, which is about the same as petrol Dualis, Captiva, and IX35 and Sportage. You would expect to pay 8-10k more for diesel for other manufacturers. In other words, you pay 8-10k less because it is a Ssangyong.

    At the end we bought a Petrol ix35, we would have bought the diesel Korando if they provide 5 year / unlimited kms warranty instead of 100,000 km warranty. It would be nice too if they provide capped price servicing for their cars.

    Who cares about resale value if you save 10k now, the 10k now will be worth much more in 5 yrs time (if you invest it wisely).

  • rAC

    I considered it, test drove it and today will take delivery of a SPR.

  • Markosity1973

    For any of those of you wondering where the engine is from, it is a Mercedes engine (all Ssangyongs are) This one has had some fettling from the Italians to make it go better, hence why Ssangyong is remaining quiet about it.

    In November, I took delivery a new Kyron SPR with the Aussie made 6 speed auto. While more awkward looking than the Korando, it is a brilliant little 4wd that is great to drive both on and off road.

    Anyone who considers these as a budget car that to compare against the Chinese offerings like Great Wall is woefully underestimating the Ssangyong brand.

  • Nikamichi2

    I’m confused. The review was largely positive, and ends with 

    “Price alone dictates that the Korando be included on the compact SUV shortlist. Add to that great styling, Euro V diesel engine, good performance and handling, and a raft of other creature comforts, and what we have here is a viable contender from Ssangyong.” 

    Yet it only get 2 and 1/2 stars.  So I assume that the competition is similarly ordinary ?

  • Abenesjrs

    …Korando,,build for strong body ,,armor protection….korando c223 engine 1983,,,model….i roled 3x , along baloan, national road la union,,dtd 11 feb 2012,,,its body protect me ,,specially for its strong roof….and pillar side by side of the wind shield……as  it happens to me even a single injury i dont have…now I try to restore its original features,,,the roof crumpled side by side,,,,still its engine is in good running condition till now,,,,hope this will,,add how the engineer of korando made it……..

Ssangyong Korando Specs

S : 2.0L DIESEL TURBO F/INJ - 6 SP MANUAL - 4D WAGON
Car Details
Make
SSANGYONG
Model
KORANDO
Variant
S
Series
C200
Year
2011
Body Type
4D WAGON
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
DIESEL TURBO F/INJ
Engine Size
2.0L
Cylinders
DIESEL TURBO 4
Max. Torque
360Nm @  2000rpm
Max. Power
129kW @  4000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
78.4W/kg
Bore & Stroke
86.2x85.6mm
Compression Ratio
16.5
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP MANUAL
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
0
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
DIESEL
Fuel Tank Capacity
57
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
6.1L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1645
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1675mm
Length
4410mm
Width
1830mm
Ground Clearance
182mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:2000  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.8
Front Rim Size
6.5x16
Rear Rim Size
6.5x16
Front Tyres
215/65 R16
Rear Tyres
215/65 R16
Wheel Base
2650
Front Track
1573
Rear Track
1578
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
16 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Holder, Traction Control System
Driver
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Mobile Phone Connectivity, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Entertainment
Radio CD with 6 Speakers
Interior
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Side Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
8-I-8
Country of Origin
KOREA