You won’t find too many seven-seat MPVs with four-wheel drive and a kerbweight of over two tonnes. In fact, we’re hard-pressed to think of a like-for-like rival for the SsangYong Turismo.
It may be something of an oddball, but the Turismo makes a reasonable tow car for the right buyer. The SsangYong needed a few steering corrections in windy conditions at 60mph or beyond, but nothing untoward. However, in the lane-change test the Turismo leaned heavily and struggled to keep the van under control.
The 2.0-litre engine has its work cut out towing a big twin-axle caravan, as the 30-60mph time of 22.7 seconds shows. The SsangYong stops better than it goes, with a short stopping distance of 10.8m from 30mph.
Leave the van behind and the Turismo’s engine feels less strained, but it’s a ponderous car to drive, with slow-witted steering and a bouncy low-speed ride.
Inside, the SsangYong offers something that almost no MPV does: space for seven and their bags. With the rearmost seats slid forward we found space for a full load of holiday luggage.
With a price tage of £23,995, a long list of standard kit and a five-year warranty, the Turismo is good value. The range starts from £17,995, but it’s worth noting that only the range-topping version tested here has switchable four-wheel drive.