Korando Sports EX Double-Cab Pick-Up
a headline-grabbing VAT-
inclusive £18,295 price tag, the South
Korean SsangYong brand
70% owned by the Indian automotive
engineering conglomerate of
Mahindra & Mahindra
the flourishing double-cab pick-up
market in the UK with its Korando
THE FOUR-DOOR, FIVE-SEATER DOUBLE-CAB is available with SX and EX levels
of specification, both with on-demand 4x4 traction and powered by a 152bhp 2.0-litre,
four-cylinder turbodiesel with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
Other high-interest features include the limitless five-year warranty and the
multi-link coil spring rear suspension which offers a more compliant and comfortable
ride than the traditional cartleaf-type springs still widely used in this sector.
the Korando Sports double-cab has an ample 2.04-square metre loadbed, it is
not one of the largest in the market, carrying 635kg instead of the one-tonne
payload offered by most double-cabs. The braked maximum towing weight is 2,300kg.
Ssangyong brand was re-launched in the UK a year ago; this year the company
expects to sell around a thousand SsangYong vehicles in the UK from their 52
dealerships; another six or so will be added before the end of 2012.
include a limitless five-
year warranty and
Multi-link coil spring rear
suspension which offers
a more compliant and
comfortable ride than the
springs still widely used
in this sector...
The new SsangYong Korando Sports will appeal to those who need a working vehicle,
the practicality of 4WD, the towing capability to haul up to 2,300kg with a
reasonable loadbed payload of 635kg combined with the interior space and equipment
of a family car.
Whether towing a work trailer or horsebox, ferrying the crew to site or the
children to school, or meeting the needs of sporting types who need a tow vehicle
or an equipment load carrier, the Korando Sports will meet a range of different
and all from a very competitive starter price of £18,295 including VAT.
For VAT-registered businesses able to recover the tax, that means just £15,291.
Plus the five-year limitless mileage looks good value
the Korando Sports is the only pickup on the market to have such a long warranty
with no limit to the mileage.
are two models from launch: the well appointed SX comes equipped with AirCon,
tinted glass, leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote central locking, Kenwood
MP3 CD & RDS radio with a USB & auxiliary port and Bluetooth connectivity plus
EX adds the luxury touch of leather upholstery, heated front seats, powered
8-way driver's seat, electrically-adjustable heated and power-folding door mirrors,
rear parking sensors and 18-inch wheels. A six-speed automatic transmission
with cruise control is also available as an option for both versions.
smart-looking optional rigid hardtop is available to provide full-time weather
protection and security for the load area. This features a hinged rear window
that closes behind the tailgate so that the central locking completely secures
and protects the contents.
and colour-matched to complement the rest of the vehicle, the result is a neat
design and not the 'tacked on' afterthought of many retro-fit hardtops. A full
range of other accessories is also available, including two more load space
The Korando Sports
pickup is far less
agricultural to drive than
similar offerings from
Toyota and Isuzu...
on a separate frame chassis
the core of a serious off-roader
the Korando Sports offers a very rigid structure to help protect occupants in
the event of a collision.
Accident avoidance and a sure-footed performance off-road are also enhanced
by the electronic stability programme
a rare feature on many pick-ups but standard on the Korando Sports. You also
get active roll-over protection and hill start assist.
The interior is well laid out and surprisingly roomy and it will appeal to financially
hard-pressed rural families, even more so where the economic climate means that
one do-it-all vehicle for work and life duties has become a must rather than
having two vehicles.
Thanks to the coil spring rear suspension the Korando Sports' ride is comfortable
although there is some bodyroll and, unloaded, the back-end can skip around
during cornering on wet greasy roads.
you expect from a budget brand, the 152bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine is not
the quietest or smoothest
but it is responsive due to its useful 265lb ft of torque delivered from only
The six-speed manual gearbox version I drove had smooth gearchanges and was
much more acceptable than the 'old style' five-speed 'boxes common in this sector.
Overall the same can be said about the Korando Sport's driveability; it is less
heavyweight and less daunting as a family-use vehicle than other double-cabs.
fuel economy is reasonable and my short test drive returned 30.1mpg (37.7mpg
is the official Combined Cycle figure). The CO2 emissions of 199g/km are high,
but because it's classed as a commercial vehicle the road tax is fixed at £215.
Accident avoidance and
performance off-road are
also enhanced by the
programme a rare
feature on many pickups
but standard on the
Being a CV, no official 0-62mph figure is given but expect around 14 seconds
with the vehicle unladen. The top speed is 107mph.
a turn-button control the driver can select 2WD, 4WD, or, for heavy off-roading,
4WD lock, which makes it easy to drive in all conditions. And, for the record,
it's far less agricultural to drive than similar offerings from Mitsubishi,
Nissan, Toyota, Isuzu, and Ford.
So while its loadbed payload is smaller than the industry 'norm' and there are
a limited number of dealers, there are still plenty of reasons to buy, beginning
with the very attractive pricing and that long limitless warranty, smart cabin
and exterior styling, high spec, looks durable, slick six-speed gearchange,
and the comfortable ride
it's almost car-like to drive.
Priced at least £3,000 less than its main double-cab rivals, the Korando Sports
might come up short on the maximum payload but it delivers much more in terms
of value for money.
SsangYong Korando Sports EX Double-Cab Pickup | £18,995
Maximum speed: 107mph | 0-62mph: 14 seconds | Overall test MPG: 30.1mpg
Power: 152bhp | Torque: 265lb ft | CO2 199g/km