When it comes to things like pulling power, rear passenger space and sheer value for money, this Korando can take on and in many cases beat the best of its rivals in the Crossover and compact SUV sectors. It's better off road than many of them too.
It can powerfully tow, will more comfortably transport five people than direct rivals can and offers up plenty of kit on a tight budget. You'll just have to get used to explaining to people what it is. And who knows, you might even end up suggesting that they try one..
Beefy wheel arch bulges and sharply rising belt line carrying through to a smart tailgate that features LED lighting. Lifting it reveals 486-litres, If you need more, then pushing forward the 60/40 split-folding rear bench reveals 1,312-litres.
Smart interior with sharp, angular styling quite reminiscent of the far pricier Hyundai Santa Fe.
Storage is reasonably ample with a practically-sized central cubby and decently shaped side door pockets, upgraded infotainment technology, a centre dash dominated by the SsangYong Entertainment System's informative 7-inch colour touchscreen via which you access the usual stereo and 'phone functions. There's a link to a rear view camera, plus you get audio streaming functionality from smart devices, along with a USB memory slot, an Aux-in port and an HDMI port.
Getting comfortable at the wheel isn't a problem thanks to a height-adjustable driver's seat and a reach and rake-adjustable steering wheel. Plus, thank goodness, there's a proper conventional handbrake, rather than one of those fiddly electric button ones. You certainly can't argue with the amount of rear seat space on offer. This is the only car in this class (premium brand models included) able to comfortably transport three fully-sized adults on the back seat for any distance - long journeys helped by the fact that the seat backs recline.
This car has a massive 400Nm of torque, which means that it can tug as much as 2.0 tonnes.
*Includes cars with a CO2 figure over 225g/km but were registered before 23 March 2006.