Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Better by Design

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Better by Design

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SsangYong's Turismo offers impressive value in the largest segment of the MPV market. Now it gets an upgraded 2.2-litre Euro6 diesel engine and more up-todate transmission for more efficient returns. The Journal's motoring experts take a look.

IF YOU'RE after a really large People Carrier that can not only take seven people but all their luggage as well, you're probably thinking in terms of models like Ford's Galaxy and Volkswagen's Sharan - which require a PS25,000 to PS33,000 budget.

In contrast, the vehicle under consideration here, SsangYong's Turismo, costs from around PS19,000. When originally launched, this MPV's major real drawback lay in less than competitive running cost efficiency, but the Korean brand has now made moves to address that by replacing the original 2.0-litre diesel unit with an upgraded 2.2-litre Euro6 powerplant mated to a more modern Mercedes-sourced sevenspeed auto gearbox.

Driving dynamics are where the biggest changes have come with this car. In place of the old tried and tested 155PS 2.0-litre diesel, Turismo buyers now get a 178PS 2.2-litre unit that has 15% more power.

Naturally, with under 180PS powering such a big vehicle, you're not going to win too many traffic light grands prix, but the torque at hand (there's 400Nm of it) means that the Rodius Turismo will rarely struggle, even when fully loaded. You may have to work a little at the six-speed manual transmission and, if we were fronting up our own money, we'd probably opt for the smooth seven-speed Mercedes-Benz-sourced automatic option. That's a gearbox also fresh to this model and a big improvement over the previous five-speed unit.

As before, the Turismo utilises double wishbone front suspension and rear independent multi-link suspension for reasonable ride quality. This set-up offers a quiet and comfortable driving environment, yet with decent body control, a flat ride and acceptable stability for a very high-sided vehicle. …

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