SsangYong Korando Sports pick-up: capable but limited

Jan 3, 2013

What the motoring press is saying about the SsangYong Korando Sports pick-up

Price: £19,995

Pros: Comfortable ride, luxury options, low-range four-wheel-drive system

Cons: Some interior components feel cheap, handles like a truck, only one engine available

3.5/5, Carbuyer
"The SsangYong Korando Sports is the Korean maker's challenger to the Toyota HiLux and Nissan Navara. Despite the name, it's built on an entirely different platform to the Korando crossover, but still seats five while having a large rear tray and proper, low-range four-wheel drive. This makes it both capable as a workman's truck and for a muddy camping weekend away. It's also well equipped, drives reasonably and is – as with all SsangYongs – sold on price against strong competition. The 149bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel is the sole engine offered, but there's a choice of six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes. Three specification levels are available – the entry-level SX, mid-range EX and flagship EXT."

3/5, What Car?
"The Korando Sports will do an average of 29.4mpg, can tow a hefty weight, and is well equipped. However, it has one weak spot - that sophisticated suspension system means it can't carry quite as much as rival pick-ups. Ssangyong knows the car has to be aggressively priced, and promises that it will be. The car also comes with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty. If you can ignore the slight load-bearing shortcoming, the Korando Sports will be worth a look."

3/5, Auto Express
"The Korando Sports is rugged and capable, and offers a level of sophistication unheard of at this price. It's unashamedly cheap, and parts of the cabin show this, but it's a step up in quality from its crossover stablemate. It's not bad to drive and is spacious and comfortable, with good running costs and a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty."

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