SsangYong Korando SUV prices and specifications revealed

Tall SUVs normally come with steep prices. The Korando, though, starts at £19,995 and includes a seven-year, 150,000-mile warranty

James Wilson
Sep 13, 2019

The latest generation SsangYong Korando is here. Prices are due to start from £19,995 with a choice of petrol or diesel engines (although the former is not available until December 2019) along with two- and four-wheel drive formats. The South Korean carmaker has also confirmed that all models are set to come with its standard seven-year/150,000-mile warranty.

SsangYong has a long tradition of making tough, go-anywhere cars that are about as easy on the eyes as Jabba the Hutt. However, the all-new Korando breaks this tradition somewhat as yes, it is still available with four-wheel drive but its styling is much more appealing than several previous versions.

As a knock-on effect, this latest incarnation of the Korando is shaping up to be a much more enticing option for buyers. This means motorists have yet another mid-sized SUV to consider, with alternatives in the form of the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008 and Skoda Karoq already representing excellent purchases.

Like many of its rivals, the Korando is available purely as a five-seater, however, unlike some of its rivals, the 2019 Korando also comes with impressive levels of technology throughout its entire range.

Read on for a thorough dissection of the new SsangYong Korando’s model rangeengines, technology and more.

 

2019 SsangYong Korando models and prices

The latest SsangYong Korando is being offered in four trim levels: ELX, Ventura, Pioneer and Ultimate. Prices for these start at £19,995, £22,995, £26,495 and £26,495 respectively.

Starting with the entry-level ELX model, this is only available with a petrol engine – meaning sales won’t begin until December 2019 when the petrol unit actually arrives in the UK. ELX specification includes cruise control, DAB radio, Bluetooth, automatic lights and wipers, 17-inch alloys and all-weather tyres.

One grade above ELX is Ventura, which is also only available with the petrol engine, too, so buyers will again need to wait until December 2019 before driving off into the sunset in their brand new SsangYong. If you are prepared to wait, Ventura spec brings artificial leather seats with cloth inserts (with the front seats being heated), 18-inch alloy wheels on standard tyres plus parking sensors.

Perhaps most importantly for some, it also includes a 10.3-inch digital dashboard (replacing the traditional dials in front of the driver) and an eight-inch information and media display which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Moving up another rung on the trim ladder gets you to Pioneer spec, which, being only available with a diesel engine means it is available for purchase now. Its list of equipment includes front and rear parking sensors, a full-sized spare wheel (something which is increasingly rare in modern cars), heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a rearview reversing camera. This also comes with the same eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Finally, top of the range Ultimate models finish off the lineup. While it actually starts at the same price as Pioneer models below it, diesel four-wheel drive Ultimate models are the most expensive models in the range by about £3,500.

For the extra money buyers are treated to leather seats, dual-zone air-conditioning, a nine-inch touchscreen media system (which is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible), 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless start, LED headlights, 10.3-inch digital dial cluster and electric tailgate.

2019 SsangYong Korando engine range

The 2019 SsangYong Korando is offered with a 1.6-litre diesel with a 1.5-litre petrol unit to follow in the closing stages of 2019. While the petrol will be available with either a manual or automatic gearbox (the latter coming with paddle shifters) the diesel is limited to an automatic transmission only.

When it comes to the number of driven wheels, the story of limitations is reversed. Petrol models are only available with two-wheel drive, while diesel-powered Korandos are available with the option of two- or four-wheel drive. The table below shows the different powertrain combinations available on each trim level.

PowertrainTrim level
ELXVenturaPioneerUltimate
Petrol manual two-wheel drive✔ ✔ ✔ 
Petrol automatic two-wheel drive✔ 
Diesel automatic two-wheel drive✔ 
Diesel automatic four-wheel drive✔ ✔ 

 

As for power and torque, the diesel engine comes with 134hp and 324Nm of torque, resulting in a 0 to 62mph sprint time of 12 seconds. Economy is claimed to be up to 48.7mpg under the newer WLTP testing procedure, which should provide more realistic figures than those under the previous system. While carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are 114g/km, this figure is generated from the older NEDC emissions test, so will likely be higher in the real world.

That said, both petrol and diesel engines meet the latest Euro 6d-Temp emission standards. Full economy and emissions figures are not yet available for the 1.5-litre petrol, however, SsangYong has confirmed that it will produce 161hp and 280Nm of torque.

2019 SsangYong Korando technology

On top of the goodies mentioned above (such as the 10.3-inch digital dash cluster), the 2019 SsangYong Korando comes with an impressive array of safety technology. For starters, all models come with six airbags, but away from the conventional equipment there is also autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, driver attention alert and forward collision warning available.

2019 SsangYong Korando exterior

In total, the 2019 Korando is available in six exterior colours, although the exterior hue does dictate the colour of your interior. Grand White, Silent Silver, Platinum Grey and Cherry Red paint schemes are all available with a dark grey interior. While Dandy Blue and Space Black are offered with a softer grey option.

Depending on trim, there are three wheel design and sizes available (17, 18 and 19 inches to be precise). Provided you opt for one of the more interesting exterior colour/wheel combinations, such as Cherry Red and 19-inch alloys, the latest Korando is far more striking than previous versions. Which is a turn up for the books considering the previous generation was about as nondescript a car as you could get.

2019 SsangYong Korando dimensions, boot space and towing capacity

The 2019 SsangYong Korando measures in at 4,450mm long, 1,870mm wide (excluding door mirrors) and 1,620mm high. This translates to a cargo space of 551 litres with the seats up (reduced to 407 litres when a full-size spare wheel is specified) and increasing up to 1,248 litres with the rear seats (which split 60:40) folded down.

SsangYong has designed the Korando to have an impressive 2,000kg braked towing capacity. For those Korando buyers who might be setting off on an adventure into the great beyond, the Korando boasts short overhngs, which should help it to cope off road, without scraping its extremities when scaling steep slopes.

2019 SsangYong Korando review

SsangYong’s latest Korando is yet to jump through the BuyaCar testing hoops, but with order books open now don’t expect it to stay that way for long. Key to the SsangYong’s success will be how well packaged the interior is and what the running costs will be, as rivals from Nissan, Renault, Ford and Citroen already offer very enticing prospects for buyers.

 

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