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SsangYong Korando SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

The two-wheel drive diesel is reasonably frugal, and an EV offers cheap running costs

Carbuyer Rating

3.7 out of 5

MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

3.5 out of 5

The Korando can be specced with either a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine and a six-speed automatic gearbox, or a turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine with a choice of a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. Both engines offer reasonable running costs but the e-Motion electric version of the Korando will be even cheaper to run. As the market stands, an EV in this class is something of a rarity. The Korando’s 211-mile range should be sufficient for most buyers, and 100kW DC fast-charging is standard as well.

SsangYong Korando MPG & CO2

The 1.6-litre diesel is the most frugal of the line-up, managing 46.3mpg in front-wheel drive form with CO2 emissions of 159g/km, which are pretty respectable figures considering it's also fitted with an automatic gearbox. You can also choose to upgrade to four-wheel drive, but this lowers the economy figure to 41.5mpg and increases emissions to 178g/km. When fitted with four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox, the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Karoq can manage just over 40mpg.

The 1.5-litre petrol engine is better-suited to buyers who cover fewer miles. When equipped with a six-speed manual, this engine can achieve up to 37.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 172g/km. Opt for the automatic gearbox and emissions rise to 180g/km, with fuel economy of 35.8mpg. During our test, we achieved around 31-32mpg during mixed driving.

Our test-drive of the e-Motion yielded an efficiency figure of 3.3 miles per kWh, which should equate to a 180-mile range in mixed driving. Stick around town and use the Eco mode a bit more and you should get closer to SsangYong’s 211-mile claim. Of course, electric cars are free to tax, offer super-low company-car tax costs, and the cheapest version qualifies for the plug-in car grant.

All petrol and diesel versions of the Korando sit within the higher tax bandings for company-car drivers, with the four-wheel drive diesel sitting in the top bracket. Road tax for private buyers will cost the standard rate per a year.

Insurance groups

The entry-level SsangYong Korando ELX sits in group 21, with the range-topping Ultimate four-wheel drive model sitting in group 26. This could be a potential hurdle for some customers because insurance ratings for the Skoda Karoq start from nine, while groups for the Nissan Qashqai begin at 14, potentially bringing a significant saving.

Warranty

SsangYong offers an impressive seven-year/150,000-mile warranty, which could be a major attraction for owners looking to keep the Korando long-term. It easily beats the three-year warranties offered with the Skoda Karoq and Peugeot 3008.

Servicing

We expect service intervals for the Korando to be every 12,500 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first.

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