Auto or manual? That is the question….
The SsangYong Korando is a versatile and reliable SUV that is available in both manual and automatic transmission options.
When it comes to driving experience, a manual transmission offers more control and a sportier feel. It allows you to shift gears manually, giving them the ability to adapt to different driving conditions and fine-tune your driving style. That said, an automatic transmission is more convenient and easier to use, as it shifts gears automatically and eliminates the need for a clutch pedal. It is ideal for those who prefer a more relaxed and stress-free driving experience.
In terms of fuel economy, a manual transmission can be more fuel-efficient than an automatic transmission, as it allows you to shift gears at the optimal revs for maximum fuel efficiency. However, the difference in fuel economy between the two transmission options is relatively small and may not be significant for most drivers.
Manual transmissions generally offer more precision while driving, allowing you to shift gears as necessary to suit the terrain and weather conditions. In hilly or mountainous terrain, manual transmissions can be more beneficial as you can downshift to maintain control and power when going uphill. Similarly, in wet or slippery conditions, manual transmissions can be more beneficial as you can shift gears to maintain a safe speed and control the vehicle.
On the other hand, automatic transmissions are generally considered to be more convenient and easier to use, as the vehicle will automatically shift gears as necessary. They are better suited for urban or suburban driving, where the terrain is relatively flat, and the weather conditions are generally mild. Automatic transmissions are also better for long distance driving as it reduces driver fatigue, as the driver does not have to manually shift gears.
Regardless of your transmission of choice, the SsangYong Korando also offers a host of other benefits for drivers. Whilst it boasts an impressive list of standard equipment, there is also the option of a high-quality infotainment system with a large touchscreen display including rear-view camera, and a variety of driver assistance technologies. Korando offers lane departure warning (LDW), forward collision warning (FCW), and automatic emergency braking (AEB), helping to keep you and your passengers safe on the road. All of this is wrapped up in a spacious and comfortable interior cabin, with plenty of room for passengers and cargo.
There are a few minor specification differences between the automatic and manual Korando. Firstly, the manual Korando is fitted with 18-inch diamond cut wheels, whereas the automatic features the larger 19-inch alloys. The auto model also has an automatic close boot button, the manual with a more traditional buttonless, manual closing function.
Ultimately, it's up to you to decide which transmission option is best for your needs and preferences. Either way, you’re sure to be driving in comfort and style when choosing a Korando.