Review: SsangYong Rodius (2005 – 2013)


Curious but commodious seven-seater with an enormous luggage area, reasonable enough to drive, cheap to buy with 250,000 mile taxi warranty.

Even its own mother would call it ugly, poor quality interior finish.

Recently Added To This Review

29 September 2017 R/2017/254:

FRONT LOWER BALL JOINT MAY FAIL. Due to a manufacturing issue with the front lower ball joint, there is a possibility that the surface of the ball joint may be damaged while driving. If the vehicle is... Read more

31 January 2017

R/2016/283: Shock absorber may fail causing front wheel to rub on wheel arch: There is a possibility that the front shock absorbers could fail, due to cracking around the lower shock absorber bush. This... Read more

10 June 2008

Costs of owning a SsangYong Kyron, Rexton and Rodius have been slashed with parts prices cut by an average of 40 per cent. And at the same time, menu servicing has been introduced to ensure that costs... Read more

SsangYong Rodius (2005 – 2013): At A Glance

Its looks alone demote it to two stars. But for a family of five or more, the Ssangyong Rodius is a surprisingly sensible proposition. It seats seven in comfort with room for all of their luggage. And prices start at just £15,000.

Don't expect low CO2 tax. Don't expect outstanding economy. But do expect the most metal you can buy in the shape of a new motor for (from) just £15,000.

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What car can fit 3 child seats, plus reasonable boot space, for £6000?

My son is looking to swap his 2011 Peugeot 508 SW for an old Volvo XC90 to accommodate a growing family. He wants to be able to fit 3 child seats in the back and still have room for luggage on long trips. Economy is important so petrol engines are out. The budget is about £6000 but I'm worried about expensive servicing and repairs on something like the XC90. He has struggled to find a clean Ford Galaxy in his price range and says the boot is too small when all the seats are up. Can you recommend some alternatives?
A £6000 XC90 is likely to be an expensive mechanical nightmare. What might work is a Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life. I've been in the rearmost seat of one 7-up with luggage and it was fine. If he wants big and cheap, maybe a Hyundai i800, a KIA Sedona or a Ssangyong Rodius. These three are not recommendations, though.
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