Some of our readers will know the SsangYong name straight away while others might not be too familiar with it but over the last few years the brand has certainly started to deliver better vehicles at very affordable prices and you will start to notice them more and more on Irish roads in the months and years ahead, with the Rexton and Tivoli proving to be popular vehicles along with the Korando Sport which we are reviewing here.
With the Korando Sport, SsangYong is really appealing to a vehicle segment that’s been used on Irish farms across the Country for years and to those working in a commercial type job that need a pickup bed for tools and equipment rather than a typical van. The Korando Sport is one of the smaller vehicles in this class but is still sizable and I’d recommend a rear camera for reversing to make your life just that little bit easier due to visibility. The Korando Sport with its double cab offers a well-priced commercial vehicle alternative with seating for all the family. The question is if the offering is enough and the price is at a level below rival manufacturers to sway buyers from other mainstream rivals.
First impressions are good with the Korando sport as it has a stylish modern design. You wouldn’t automatically think of it as a budget SUV and if that was the goal then SsangYong has ticked that box. On the inside things are very spacious. Drivers of these vehicles can be behind the wheel for hours per day so a comfortable seat and driving position is paramount. Thankfully the Korando Sport delivers and the rear also has excellent legroom and reclining seats. There is an abundance of storage space, tinted glass, leather steering wheel, air conditioning, Kenwood MP3 CD Radio, remote central locking along with a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity. Our test model was the higher spec SX version featuring heated front seats, electrically adjustable and power folding door mirrors. While it’s a well spec’d model the interior could benefit from better quality materials. Other than that I can’t really find much to fault the cabin of the Korando Sport. It’s worth nothing that I drove the VW Amarok Ultimate a week before collecting the Korando Sport. It’s a premium pick up with a premium price so moving from one to the other would obviously have set the standards extremely high and unrealistic with respect to the Korando Sport.
The Korando Sport comes with a new 2 litre e-XDi engine which produces 153bhp and 360 Nm of torque. A six-speed manual like our test model or an automatic transmission is available. A lot of commentary has been made regarding the quiet engine in the Korando Sport and I can attest to the fact it really is very quiet but also provides enough power to move the Korando Sport efficiently. It will average 37.7mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 199g/km while the automatic drops to 35.3mpg.
The Korando Sport has disc brakes all round, twin front airbags, ABS brakes with EBD and ESP stability control along with ARP active roll-over protection. It’s worth mentioning that the Korando Sport comes with a 5 year or 150k kms warranty and 5 years road side assistance. I enjoyed my time in the Korando Sport and found it very capable but if you’re looking for a day to day workhorse on the farm then due to its payload limit it might not be the ideal choice but it’s an excellent alternative for a family commercial that has great ability and you can fill the pickup bed or tow decent sized loads as desired. I’d recommend taking a closer look at the Korando Sport and having a test drive as it really is a good looking pick-up with plenty of space, a good engine and great value to be had.
Engine Size 2 Litre
Fuel Type Diesel
Acceleration (0-100km/h) 12.5 seconds
Top Speed 163km/h
Consumption 7.5l/100km or 37.7mpg
C02 Emissions 199g/km
Road Tax €280
Base Price €29,995
Our Test Model €34,550