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SsangYong Korando SportsPick-up

The Korando Sports is SsangYong’s pick-up truck. The Korean brand, who specialise in rugged 4x4 vehicles, has just increased the payload of this LCV to 1,050 tonnes. Not only does this open up their market and make the Korando Sports even more usable, it also means the owner will qualify for commercial vehicle tax.

There’s only one option and that’s the 2.0-litre diesel engine. That’s not to say the Korando Sports isn't well equipped, as the manufacturer’s latest e-XDi diesel engine – which can achieve 37.7mpg with its 153bhp and 360Nm of torque – pulls well and means you can make great progress even with a full load.

It’s a pick-up so loads of fancy gear isn't what buyers are looking for, but still the Korando Sports is surprisingly well kitted out. If you've been in one of SsangYong’s other models, you might even be surprised at how similarly comfy this pick-up is. It comes in two spec options. SX and EX, and we were quite impressed, as even the lower-grade SX is a well-fitted-out car. Starting from £14,995, it features 16-inch alloy wheels, tinted glass, air conditioning plus USB and Bluetooth connectivity. The EX has bigger 18-inch wheels and a more premium feel with leather upholstery as well as handy parking sensors. Equipment on the dash feels slightly limited but it’s all easy accessible and simple to navigate.

As SsangYong keep telling us, a major selling point for the Korando Sports is ‘it’s fitted with uprated and progressive rear coil springs within the existing multi-link rear suspension set-up’. We might laugh, but the ride is really smooth in this pick-up. However, steering is pretty vague and you’ll find yourself wondering where it will drift next.

Auto Express said: ‘SsangYong’s pick-up truck is a decent effort that comes into its own when you start to do the sums’. What car? Said: ‘The SsangYong Korando Sports is punchy and fairly smooth especially so with the manual gearbox fitted. It’s also well equipped. Pricing is its strongest weapon’. Fleetpoint said: ‘The Korando Sports brings a new level of refinement to the pick-up market, blending the suspension, engine and cabin finesse of a passenger car, with the silhouette, space and seating for five that’s typical of a double cab.’

It might be called the Korando Sports but we’re not really sure what’s sporty about it. The most appealing thing about it is definitely the pricing, but that’s not to say it doesn’t hold its own against its rivals. Buyers who take this for a test drive will definitely find themselves mulling over their options.

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