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BUYING USED PICK UPS

Spurred by the burgeoning demand for luxury SUV-emulating double cab pick-ups, SsangYong hurried on to the scene with this modern-looking vehicle that, especially in its high-specification

EXT form fit-ted with the neatly styled-in rear canopy as standard, looks more like a smart family estate than a working vehicle - not really surprising as it is a development from the Korando SUV.

The car was patent y aimed mainly at private owners since, with a payload well under the 1000kg threshold it couldn't qualify as a commercial. It hasn’t taken them long to recognise that many double cab users have been claiming them as commercials - even if only in name - so for 2015 the Korando Sports gained heavier-duty rear suspension and the elusive 1000kgpayload along with a more useful 2.7-tonne tow rating. 

 

BUYING USED PICKUPS

The keen pricing and luxurious specification of the Korando Sports makes it look like a particularly good-value buy, with the entry-level SX at £l7, 938 on the road, sneaking under our budget limit, and choosing the base model won't be a particular problem since equipment is excellent through the range, with the SX boasting air conditioning, central locking, electrically adjustable door mirrors, electric windows, a stereo with Bluetooth connectivity and headlamp levelling. The EX also features leather upholstery and electric adjustment for the driver's seat, with cruise control If you pick the automatic, but is priced accordingly, at £l6, 715 excluding VAT attainable within our budget by commercial users, but not private buyers. The top-specification EXT appears to have been dropped from the range, so the fitted canopy is no longer a standard perk on the top model, and now stars in the options list as a £1995 extra; for £1655 you can choose a hinged flip-up load cover instead. That full canopy is such a desirable feature with its heated rear window, sliding front glass, interior 

light, pop-out side windows and roof rails that it's much more sensible to look for a low-mileage EXT rather than buy new - and while you re about it look for examples that have had the £999 Kenwood touch-screen satnav integrated with the DAB radio and Bluetooth, and perhaps also the £l98 rear-view camera and £460 dealer-fitted towbar. 
As it happens there aren’t many of these range-toppers available second-hand, and one we saw didn't have the canopy. Wolverhampton SsangYong (01902 351 1 53) had an appealing offer on a nearly new 5000-milerlwith the 1-tonne payload) including the canopy and with the T-Tronic automatic transmission, £l643 off the normal retail price and at £22,995 accessible within our budget by a commercial user. Older cars can still be excellent value for private buyers looking for a keenly-priced highly-practical family car. Said Motors of New Malden (07930 308101) had a one-owner 2013 automatic with only 13,000 miles, full service history and still pristine in its gleaming black paintwork, at £l4,000. If you'd be happy with a base SX County of Bicester (01869 600600) had effectively cut £1000 off the list price of an unsold metallic silver 2014 model with just 11 miles on it on offer at £16,788, while T.I.M. UK Motors of Ilkeston (01159 440300) were selling 'the cheapest Korando Sports in the UK', a metallic silver EX with just 5 miles on it priced at £18,070 is there a downside to this entry-level double cab? The steering of the earlier models is rather vague and the ride unrefined, but the 153bhp output from the 2.0-litre engine is impressive and endows the car with quite nippy acceleration and overtaking ability, performance and to some extent driver enjoyment being aided by the six-speed manual transmission.

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