Subtle isn’t a word I’d used to describe the new SsangYong Korando Sports DMZ pick-up, but there’s no doubt it makes an impact. Perhaps fortunately, the DMZ camoflage colour scheme is a short-run limited edition. The Korando Sports is also available with a regular paint job.
Whichever colour scheme you choose, however, you won’t be able to escape the appeal of the Korando Sports’ low price tag. SsangYong is keen to promote the fact that this is the cheapest 1-tonne pick-up on the UK market. Prices start from just £14,495 +VAT.
What do you get for your money?
The Korando Sports pick-up boasts a 155PS, 360Nm 2-litre diesel engine and a towing capacity of up to 2.7 tonnes. That isn’t quite best in class, but it’s enough for towing most cars and small plant on a trailer or even the largest of caravans and burger vans.
The load bed measures 2.04 square metres and will take a payload of 1 tonne. That’s big enough to take a Euro pallet. Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK, had this to say about the Korando Sport:
“It can be loaded like a truck yet still drives like a car, and really is the best value pick-up you can buy!
“The DMZ is a bit of fun. We ordered a short run initially but they were instantly snapped-up by our dealers, so we think it could prove particularly popular with owner drivers.”
Fuel consumption is 37.7mpg on the combined cycle and the Korando Sports as on-demand 4-wheel drive and a live rear axle supported by a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension system with progressive coil springs to give a comfortable, car like ride, instead of the more leaf springs employed on many other pick-ups.
The big attraction for many buyers, however, will be SsangYong’s 5-year unlimited mileage warranty. One of the ways that Korean firms have made in-roads in the European market is with their class-leading warranties. Hyundai and SsangYong offer five years with unlimited mileage, while Kia offers an outstanding seven years and unlimited mileage.
Fans of well-known German marques might want to ask why their manufacturers are only willing to stand by their vehicles for three years, despite charging much more for them. You can pay a very high price for being fashionable…
Korando Sports trim levels
In addition to DMZ there are three models to choose from. The S is the lowest priced double cab pick-up on the market at just £14,495 (ex VAT). Next up is the SX, which is equipped with 18” alloy wheels, tinted glass, air conditioning, leather covered steering wheel, remote central locking, an MP3 CD & RDS radio with a USB & auxiliary port and Bluetooth connectivity. The Korando Sports SX costs £15,395 (ex VAT).
The range-topping EX also features 18” alloy wheels, but adds leather upholstery with heated front seats, a powered driver’s seat, heated, electrically adjustable and power folding door mirrors and rear parking sensors. A Mercedes-Benz 5 speed automatic transmission with cruise control is also available as an option. The EX with manual transmission is £16,995 (ex VAT), and with automatic transmission, £18,195 (ex VAT).
For anyone who needs a pick-up as a genuine workhorse, especially for local work, the Korando Sports could be ideal.