Until now, SsangYong has offered big cars with little price tags, but too many rough edges. The Korando promises the same value but with fewer compromises. If this two-wheel-drive model is anything to go by SsangYong is part-way there.
The steering has an over-strong self-centring action and the engine is noisy, but otherwise the Korando makes a decent tow car. Straight-line stability stands comparison with many more expensive cars, and the 30-60mph time of 13.1 seconds shows that while the engine may be noisy, it’s not short of pulling power. The 30-0mph stopping distance of 10.8 metres is on the money, too.
Pushed hard through the lane-change test the Korando was less assured, as the stability control cut in suddenly at high speeds whenever the outfit got out of shape.
It’s a mixed picture inside the cabin. There’s plenty of space, but the finish still feels downmarket.
There’s 486 litres of luggage space – not quite enough for every item in our test load of holiday luggage but not far off. The handbook has useful information on towing, and we’re pleased the Korando has a full-sized spare.