In-depth Reviews

SsangYong Korando SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

The two-wheel drive diesel is reasonably frugal, and an EV is promised

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 forthcoming electric version of the Korando will be even cheaper to run. It’s slated to arrive early next year, and as the market stands, an EV in this class would be something of a rarity. While specs have yet to be confirmed, a driving range of around 250 miles is expected.

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 144g/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 170g/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 157g/km. Opt for the automatic gearbox and emissions rise to 162g/km, with fuel economy of 35.8mpg. During our test, we achieved around 31-32mpg during mixed driving.

All 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 £150 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.


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.


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

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