During the test drive, Merja Rantamäki's Iskelmä Mä came to mind several times.

At the beginning of the test, the first impressions were mostly melancholic, as the suspension seemed vibrating. South Korean engineers have clearly strived for sturdy and load-bearing suspension. It is possible to build such that it is not surface hard.

Another thing that annoyed me right from the start was tire noise. It emerged on the rough asphalt of spring already at low speeds, covering all other sources of noise underneath. The test car had 18-inch wheels as an accessory priced at just over five hundred euros. The standard 17-inch tire noise is quieter.

Stubborn is the word that best describes the latest creation of 65-year-old SsangYong, which specializes in SUVs.

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Under that tire noise, there was no sound from the new 1.5-liter gasoline turbo at all. Thus, many times during the test run, it was revealed that there was an unnecessarily small gear in the eye. The engine when pulled with reasonable force already from 1,200 rpm. The driving was relaxed, as the gearshift was precise and light.

There is enough performance, but by no means princely. However, with a good conscience, it can be said that there is enough power at almost every turn. Thanks to this, the torque peaks at a wide range (1,500-4,000 rpm). Sudden damage may occur when the car is fully loaded and coupled to a maximum permissible trailer of 1,500 kg.

When starting off, remember to depress the accelerator pedal enough so that the engine does not stop. In any case, it is a good idea to use the accelerator pedal in moderation, as pressing it deeper is reflected in consumption. Compared to the more fuel-efficient turbodiesel, the test-driven petrol turbo is pleasantly quiet.

The cab has moved to the modern age - at least if you opt for the optional digital instrument cluster and navigator.

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In addition to the engine, major-chord chords were also created by Korando's facilities, then viewed from anywhere. The fact that it is nice to be in front is no longer a wonder in modern times. In the driver's seat, the adjustments are adequate, everything is clear and the operation of the switches is quickly learned.

The rear seat is perhaps one of Korando’s greatest strengths, with more space than many cars in a category larger than a notch. Comfort is further enhanced by the backrest tilt adjustment, although the second horizontal cup has a relatively short thigh support for the rear seats. Best of all, in Korando, the rear seats are not built at the expense of the trunk, but are also usably large.

There are, of course, a couple of little surprises to be found in Korando. Firstly, the red limit of the digital tachometer is marked at 6,500 rpm. Until then, the engine is by no means up, but the electronics cut off at 5,700 rpm. Another interesting feature was found on the trip computer, which sometimes throws tire pressures on the display while monitoring consumption. According to the manufacturer, it increases safety.

The front seats have good shoulders and the only complaint comes from the fact that long riders would like more thigh support.

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The front seat is adjusted for over 1.9 meters long riders. Still, there is enough knee space at the back, in addition to which there is enough space in other directions as well.

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The overwhelming market leader in this category is the Nissan Qashqai, to which the Korando is easy to compare. Appearance and comfort are largely a matter of taste. The runnability of the duo is pretty much on the same level. At its price, Korandon beats Qashqai by the way, as SsangYong gets the cheapest at 21,990 euros. It also includes e.g. reversing camera and high beam assist.

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The test drive was 5,000 euros more expensive than the starting level, resulting in a better Quartz equipment level and four-wheel drive or automatic transmission. In a four-wheel drive, the machine raises the price by another 3,000 euros. It’s still cheaper than an equally powerful automatic and front-wheel drive Qashqai.

In terms of shape, Korando's luggage compartment is not the best possible, but there is plenty of room to store it.

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During the first months of sales, Korando increased SsangYong's registrations in Finland tenfold compared to last year.

The number is still very modest, as very few are familiar with this Korean car. If you are not afraid of a rare character, then Korando is an option worth checking out, even in its class. A five-year or 100,000-mile warranty adds safety to your choice.

Korando is like a song that suits Finnish tastes very well, playing unobtrusively in the background.

SsangYong Korando G1, 5T 4WD 6MT Quartz

  • Engine R4, 1,497 cm³ 120 kW (63 hp), 280 Nm

  • Performance 0–100 km / h not known, top speed 191 km / h

  • Consumption 8.4 l / 100 km 95 E10

  • CO2 emissions 191 g / km

  • Transmission M6, four-wheel drive

  • Dimensions p 4 450, l 1 870, h 1 620 mm, wheelbase 2 675 mm, load compartment 551 1 248 l, tank 50 l

  • Price 26,991 euros

We thank

Torsional motor

Space especially in the back seat

we blame

Hard surface

Tire noise on 18-inch wheels