2015 SsangYong Korando | new car review
Impressive exterior that is matched by an engine that packs enough punch.
Pricier than what you might expect at first.
It’s got wheel arches that protrude from the bodywork, a honeycomb grille, headlights that look like they’ve been carved out with a scalpel and a rear end that resembles an Opel Astra for some extremely bizarre reason. But does it all work? Yes, very well actually, because the Korando could most certainly be one of the most aesthetically pleasing compact SUV’s out there.
Like a product out of the conservative school of thought, there’s nothing jazzy, flashy, or very innovative with the interior. In fact, with its simplistic instrument cluster and radio system that looks like it’s been resurrected out of something from the 1980’s, it’s all quite yesteryear. Surely, it wont cut it with the tech-savvy crowd, but for a five seater that is comfortable and easy to drive around town, it does quite well for itself.
There’s some sort of fad going in the automotive industry, whereby manufacturers of pick-up trucks, economy sedans and even certain hatchbacks, are in a race to offer drivers’ a more engaging drive. This has got manufacturers sticking manual shift options onto all sorts of vehicles and SsangYong’s Korando has got in on the action, too. With a Thumbs Up Manual Mode, drivers need not have to worry about the shifters being too large or too small, as SangYong has opted to stick two knobs at either end of the steering itself. Wise…
What’s on offer?
Under the hood of the Korean SUV, resides a 2.0 litre Mercedes-sourced in-line 4 cylinder engine that whips out 149 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 197 Nm of torque at 4,000 RPM. Channeling power through a six speed automatic transmission to an All-Wheel-Drive layout, the 2015 SsangYong Korando sprints to a top speed of 163 km/h and is capable of hauling a notable 1,500 kilograms.
The 2015 SsangYong Korando is a promising little SUV that will not only win you over with its understated looks, but with its value proposition too. Starting at AED 60,000 and climbing all the way up to AED 76,000 for the All-Wheel-Drive version, the Korando is, in fact, slightly more expensive than its Japanese rival, the Mitsubishi ASX. But would you rather drive around a car that hasn’t been altered since 2008, or a much hipper Korando? Yup, that’s what I thought.
|Specifications||2015 SsangYong Korando|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.0 litre / 4-cyl|
|Max Power |
|149 hp @ 6,000 RPM|
|197 Nm @ 4,000 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|Top speed||163 km/h|
|Price||AED 60,000 - 76,000|