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SsangYong Korando (2017 - 2019)

The independent definitive SsangYong Korando (2017-2019) video review
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    By Jonathan Crouch

    Introductionword count: 78

    SsangYong's Korando is a strong choice if you're looking for a used 4x4 in the mid-sized SUV class offering proper diesel towing power and decent off roading prowess for a very affordable price. If you like the idea of a Korando, you might want to stretch to one of the post-2017 MK3 'C200'-series models that featured a smarter look and Euro6-spec version of the brand's 2.2-litre Euro6 diesel engine. It all makes this car well worth a look.

    Modelsword count: 12

    5dr compact SUV (2.2 diesel [SE, EX, ELX - 2WD & 4WD])

    Historyword count: 192

    SsangYong's Korando offers an awful lot for the money and always has ever since the modern-era version first arrived here back in 2011 complete with slick Italian Giugiaro styling and a powerful purpose-designed 2.0-litre diesel engine. This was the first SsangYong design to swap a heavy duty ladder-framed chassis for more car-like monocoque underpinnings in pursuit of a sensible school run ride and more rewarding handling. All along with a high specification and pricing that made opposition models look needlessly expensive. In the years following the original launch, the Korean brand worked on almost every key aspect of this model's design, smartening the styling for the 2014 model year and updating the engine to 2.2-litre Euro6 status at the end of 2015 for the 2016 model year. That powerplant was then updated to Euro6 status as part of aesthetic changes made in 2017, the last package of updates made to this MK3 'C200'-series model. It's these last 2017-2019-era third generation models that we're going to look at here as a potential used car buy. They sold until Autumn 2019, when they were replaced by an all-new 'C300' Mk4 design. What You Pay

    What You Getword count: 262

    The changes made to this improved MK3 Korando model certainly went quite a lot further than is the case with most facelifts; up-front, the bonnet, the headlights, the grille, the front valance and the foglights were all completely new. Take a seat at the wheel and you find yourself surrounded by the kind of sharp, angular cabin styling you'd find in larger, pricier SUVs like Hyundai's Santa Fe. With this revised design, the major interior change was a smarter ergonomically-designed steering wheel, which gave the cabin a more contemporary feel. There's plenty of infotainment technology too. Provided you avoid entry-level trim, that means a centre dash dominated by the SsangYong Entertainment System's informative 7-inch colour touchscreen, via which you access the usual stereo and 'phone functions. Whatever your feeling on the front seat ambience, you certainly can't argue with the amount of rear seat space on offer. This is the only car in this class from this era (premium brand models included) able to comfortably transport three fully-sized adults on the back seat for any distance. It's this rear seat space that could well tempt buyers of SsangYong's smaller Tivoli Crossover model into this larger Korando - and the same applies when it comes to luggage room. Raising the tailgate reveals a 486-litre space that's 63-litres bigger than that of the standard Tivoli model. If you need extra room, then pushing forward the 60/40 split-folding rear bench provides it, the rear seats folding into the floor with a satisfying 'thunk' and freeing up a completely flat loading area that's 1,312-litres in size.

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