SsangYong Rodius (2005 – 2013) Review

SsangYong Rodius (2005 – 2013) At A Glance


+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.

Insurance Group 27
On average it achieves 96% of the official MPG figure

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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Real MPG average for a SsangYong Rodius (2005 – 2013)


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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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Which small runabout with seven seats?

"With three young grandchildren my beloved BMW 3-Series convertible is becoming less practical. I am reluctant to part with it and so I am considering a used inexpensive runabout with seven seats for when we need to transport the little members of the family. I read somewhere that both Citroen and Peugeot produce a van-type vehicle with windows and extra seats but I have been unable to find any details."
Here: and: There's also these: ; and A cheap way out is an ex-Addison Lee Ford Galaxy diesel automatic, from around £6500 for a 110,000 miler. Addison Lee services them and changes the oil every 5000 miles:
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Which seven-seater MPV should I buy?

"My daughter is planning to replace her Chrysler Voyager with a similar seven-seater vehicle. She has looked at the Volkswagen Sharan but thinks it's a bit pricey. "
The SEAT Alhambra is exactly the same vehicle but is a little cheaper because of the lower status badge. A Ford Galaxy is generally excellent, but is slightly smaller. The cheaper alternatives include the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life, but she might think that looks too much like a van, or the van based eight-seater Hyundai i800. Or the Ssangyong Rodius which doesn’t look like anything else on this earth.
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What large MPV would you recommend?

"I currently have a 2003 Volkswagen Sharan 130 diesel. Bought from a year old it has been through 3 DMF's yet has only just reached 98k. I am looking to replace it and would need another larger MPV. I would like to avoid anything with a DMF and I thought buying an automatic would be the answer to this, but now believe this is not the case? I would still prefer an auto but this is not essential. Petrol is an option if it gives a reasonable performance with a load up. It goes without saying I want it to be reliable! I have about 20k to spend and would consider new / second hand and maybe extended warranty etc. I did like the Citroen Grand Picasso diesel except for the reasons above. I keep cars for at least 8-9 years, so I know Diesel filters would be a cost to be mindful of."
Torque converter autos don't need DMFs. Twin clutch automatics such as DSGs and Powershifts do. A 2.0 litre Grand Picasso auto is a torque converter auto. If you want really big, the oddball choice is a Ssangyong Rodius, from £15k new. I drove one yesterday for the first time. Not a wonderful experience, but better than a KIA Sedona, torque converter auto, and owners love them:
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