Think Korean automakers and the first that pop to mind are Hyundai and Kia. However, SsangYong is also trying to get up to speed with a selection of new vehicles, including the Korando, a rival to the likes of the Sportage, Tucson, Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008 and others.
The compact SUV was presented at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show with a new exterior design and larger footprint than the third-gen. It is available with a 1.5-liter petrol engine, making 163 PS (161 hp / 120 kW) and 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) of torque, and a 1.6-liter diesel, delivering 136 PS (134 hp / 100 kW) and 324 Nm (239 lb-ft) of torque. Both of them pack a six-speed manual and FWD as standard and can be specced with a 6-speed auto and 4WD for an extra buck.
The example reviewed by Auto Trader is powered by the oil burner and equipped with the auto ‘box. It’s in the range-topping Ultimate trim level, which slots above the ELX, Ventura and Pioneer, and starts at £31,995 ($39,986/€36,088) in the UK, or £12,000 ($14,997/€13,535) more than the base spel. The Ultimate packs a 9-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, TomTom sat-nav, 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a few other features, including several safety systems.
Space at the front and back is very good for an SUVin this segment and the cargo capacity of 551 liters (19.5 cu-ft), or 1,248 liters (44.1 cu-ft) with the rear seats folded down, is better than what you’d get in most rivals.
Unsurprisingly, handling is comfort-oriented and the steering is the opposite of sporty. The new Korando does feel heavy through corners, but the overall driving experience is quite good. The rest of the reviewer’s observations, and verdict, are just a mouse-click away.