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Ssangyong Korando SX AWD (2011)

by John Ewing,reviewed June 2011

To say previous Ssangyong models were ugly is polite understatement.
The new Korando has reasonably attractive body lines though. And the turbo-diesel-only range kicks off at a budget-conscious $27,990 drive-away (S manual 2WD).

Korando’s equipment levels are solid for the money.

The Euro 5 emissions compliant diesel engine rips away strongly in the mid range once the severe turbo lag is overcome as turbo boost kicks in.

We didn’t find the jerky clutch action in our six-speed manual SX, the poorly placed pedals and the tilt only steering to our liking. Handling is acceptable but the steering is dull and transmits road shock. Inside, there’s good space for rear occupants and a useful load area.
Ssangyong Korando SX AWD 2011

For

Space Good mid range

Against

Turbo lag, ergonomic issues

Key features

Climate control, 17” alloys (5), front fogs, alarm, cruise control, roof rails, bluetooth, CD with MP3/USB, tilt steering, leather trimmed steering wheel and gear selector, power windows, heated power mirrors, auto-dim interior rear view mirror, active AWD

Safety

Dual front/side/curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, EBA, ESC, TCS, active front head restraints

Car Details

Vehicle make Ssangyong
Vehicle model Korando SX AWD
Vehicle type SUV Under $40,000
Year 2011
Price when new $30,311
Current price range $ - $
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Engine 2.0-litre, common-rail, turbo diesel 4-cyl

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.