Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Glittering Korean

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Glittering Korean

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THE Korando was the first really credible car that SsangYong brought us, launched in 2011 to compete as a more affordable alternative in the market for compact SUVs and familysized Crossovers.

It offered lusty torque from its 2.0-litre eXDi diesel engine and the option of more 4WD ability than you'd usually expect from a car of this class. To improve this model's sales momentum, SsangYong facelifted it in 2013 to create the version we're going to look at here as a potential used car buy, this variant lasting until 2015 when the brand introduced its slightly more powerful and efficient 2.2-litre engine.

If you're shopping in this segment, is this a contender you should be seriously considering? Let's find out.

This modern era Korando wasn't only the first SsangYong to feature more car-like monocoque underpinnings. It was also the first one with styling you'd really be quite pleased to see on your driveway.

Take a seat at the wheel and you'll find yourself in a reasonably smart interior with sharp, angular styling quite reminiscent of the far pricier Hyundai Santa Fe, which is no bad thing.

The build quality feels reasonable and though there are still a few more hard plastics than you'll find on many more city-orientated rivals, these do feel better suited to a tough and durable life. Whatever your feeling is on that, 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 fullysized adults on the back seat for any distance - long journeys helped by the fact that the seat backs recline, while the seats themselves are even heated on top models.

The latest Korando has proven reliable, the old problems SsangYong had with vacuum pipes long since being laid to rest. …

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