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Ssangyong Turismo Comes To Town

By raccars Published

It seems Korea's secondary car company has taken on board criticism of its Rodius MPV, overhauling it inside and out and, as if to wash away any signs of contamination, giving it a new name too: the Turismo.

OK, it's still not exactly inspiring, but it offers enough bang for your buck to warrant a further look. The new car retains the earlier model's main selling point: its size. Five metres in length makes it one of the biggest vehicles in its class, seating seven adults in reasonable comfort and with room for 875 litres of cargo. If you remove the rear passenger section you get an extraordinary 3,146 litres of carrying capacity.

These properties are likely to make it as popular with private hire outfits as its predecessor, as there are few roomier people carriers out there, particularly not with the Turismo's value for money – and this time around it's not that bad looking. Prices range from £17,995 for the entry level 'S' model up to £23,995 for the range topping EX.

There's a fair roster of standard kit on the manual only S, such as air conditioning, leather trimmed steering wheel and gearstick knob, heated and powered wing mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity and USB and auxiliary inputs to the stereo. The second tier model, dubbed the ES, gets additional leather seats, a powered driver's seat, heated seats to the front and rear parking sensors. It comes with a manual transmission at £19,995 or automatic for £21,495.

The EX comes as an automatic only and includes a windscreen heated to the bottom half to avoid wiper freezing, solar controlled glass and auto sensor wipers. The four wheel drive mode is selectable and comes with a proper low ratio drive, making it the one to go for if you tow regularly or live in a poorly surfaced area that suffers in the winter.

All models come with the same 2.0 litre diesel engine, which is common to the brand's complete line up. It won't make anyone's heart beat faster but is competent enough, particularly as an automatic. The low price point is evident in a lack of refinement but it's pleasantly torquey for a 153bhp unit. The manual gearbox is a six speeder while the automatic is a Mercedes T-Tronic with five gears.

Ssangyong's unlimited five year warranty could tempt buyers, covering all the major mechanicals such as wheel bearings, steering joints, suspension components, shocks and even the stereo system. Consumables such as brake pads and clutch discs get one year or 12,000 miles under warranty and the paintwork and battery are covered for three years.

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