Our Cars: SsangYong Korando 1.6D Ultimate Auto 4WD

24 December 2019: SsangYong Korando joins the fleet

The Details

Current mileage 783
Claimed economy 41.5mpg
Actual economy 32.8mpg

While SsangYong might not be a household name, regular readers of HonestJohn.co.uk will be more than familiar with the brand. The Korean firm came out top in our 2018 Satisfaction Index, while we previously spent an extended period with the Tivoli XLV and rated it highly.

SsangYong has earned itself a reputation as a great value manufacturer of robust four-wheel-drives and pick-ups, attracting a loyal following from taxi companies, farmers, builders and caravanners alike. But its latest model, the new Korando, could be the car to catapult it into the mainstream.

The crossover SUV is a rival to cars like the Peugeot 3008, Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Karoq. It's a segment that's already very crowded, but equally very popular - so it'll be interesting to see how the Korando performs as a value entrant.

We say 'value'. The Korando we've just taken delivery of, fresh from the car's UK launch, costs a whopping £32,545. That's significantly more than its headline £19,995 entry-level price, but it is a top-spec Ultimate model with the 2.2-litre diesel engine, four-wheel-drive and six-speed automatic transmission.

Ssang Yong Korando (2)

Part of that decision was made for me - the diesel engine is currently the only option for UK buyers, although a petrol's on its way. I quite like that it's a four-wheel-drive, too - this is an SUV that has the ability to match its go-anywhere appearance.

The standard equipment list is lengthy, ranging from a heated steering wheel to an electric sunroof and even ambient lighting. And on first impressions, it's plainly clear that this is a high-spec model - soft-touch materials are in ambundance, while there's a clever digital instrument cluster in place of standard dials. Some of these features are far from what we'd expect from a budget brand like SsangYong.

So we'll be spending six months with the SsangYong Korando to find out if it makes a strong case for itself in this competitive sector. Will it prove reliable in that time? What gripes will we have with it? And is it really worth £32,500?

Keep an eye on HonestJohn.co.uk as we reveal all about the new SsangYong Korando...

    Later: Should I buy a petrol or diesel SsangYong Korando? »

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24 December 2019: SsangYong Korando joins the fleet
Andy's going to be running a SsangYong Korando 1.6D Ultimate Auto 4WD for the next six months.

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