SsangYong Korando Sports (2012 – 2016) Review

SsangYong Korando Sports (2012 – 2016) At A Glance


+Good value pick-up, powered by strong 2.0-litre common rail diesel engine with 360Nm of torque, well equipped as standard.

-Not as rugged as rival pick-ups, jittery and bouncy ride, vague steering, short load bed compared to rivals.

The Korando Sports may be the new kid on the pick-up block but the little-known Korean manufacturer is hoping a combination of bold looks, value for money and a five-year warranty will tempt people into one. Rather than a basic work vehicle, SsangYong has copied the trend for high spec pick-up trucks which means plenty of equipment as standard and an SUV-style design.

Whether you like the look is of course down to individual choice. It certainly stands out though and is anything but bland. The standard version is a traditional open-back pick-up but the top version has a moulded rear canopy which integrates with the central locking system and is neater than a Truckman top.

It's well laid out inside with a decent quality feel and easy to read instruments. Only the dated steering wheel design and old-fashioned column stalks let it down. It's very roomy though and as it's a double cab as standard there's room for five adults. The downside of this is that the load bed is quite short.

On the road the Korando Sports goes well thanks to the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel which provides good poke. In fact the Korando is surprisingly quick thanks to 360Nm of torque. Sadly the handling isn't up to scratch with vague and terribly slow steering which makes small roundabouts and tight corners a chore.

On the plus side it's reasonably economical comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty which covers almost everything, including wheel bearings, suspension joints, bushes, shock absorbers and even audio gear. Only wearable items like the clutch and brakes are excluded but are covered up to 12,000 miles. When it comes to value for money, not much comes close.

Driven: SsangYong Korando Sports DMZ

Based on the top of the range EX automatic, the Korando Sports DMZ is inspired by the pick-ups used by the South Korean military. Featuring full camouflage paintwork, roof rails and 18-alloy wheels, the big and bold SsangYong is perfect for anyone who wants their commercial vehicle to make a lasting impression.

Read our first drive here >>

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