The SsangYong Korando SE 4X4 has scooped the class award for vehicles under £24,000 in The Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2018.
44 cars from 20 manufacturers were assessed by the judges, and the Korando saw off stiff competition from other leading brands in the ‘Vehicles under £24,000 Class’.
Comment about the Korando from the Caravan and Motorhome Club said: “This year’s competition was full of surprises. One such surprise was the terrific performance that this super little sub-£20k car delivered. A kerbweight of 1,828kg opens up the choice of potential caravans to include many popular tourers. One judge was taken aback by the SsangYong’s “awesome” stability at high speeds, while another commented on its ability to make precise high-speed lane changes.”
Accepting the award, Steve Gray, communications and marketing director of SsangYong Motor UK, said: “We are naturally delighted. Every model in the SsangYong range offers the caravanner a value for money vehicle with an impressive towing capability, and winning this prestigious award for the Korando further reinforces this proposition.”
As in previous years, the competition was held at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.
Styled by Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Korando is powered by a turbo-charged, Euro 6 compliant 2.2 litre diesel. Maximum power is 178ps and torque of 400Nm, with maximum torque delivered from a low of 1,400rpm and maintained through a wide range up to 2,800rpm for smooth, progressive driving from the start. The engine can be matched with either a 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission for smooth, dynamic gear changing, comfortable driving and lively acceleration, and comes with either front wheel-drive, or an intelligent on-demand all-wheel drive system.
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5-year limitless mileage warranty
All models in the SsangYong range are covered by a best-in-class 5-year limitless mileage warranty. Designed to be totally transparent and give customers complete peace of mind, ‘limitless’ means just that: not a maximum mileage condition that some brands impose in their small print. All the major mechanical components are covered including wheel bearings, suspension joints and bushes, steering joints, shock absorbers and even the audio system. Wearable components such as clutch discs and brake friction materials which could have their life reduced by poor driving are covered for one year or 12,500 miles, and the battery and paintwork for three years.
Made in Korea
SsangYong cars are manufactured in South Korea by SsangYong Motor, which is 73 per cent owned by the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra, and imported into the UK by SsangYong Motor UK. Established in 1954, SsangYong is Korea's oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4x4 and SUV specialist producer. There are currently some 65 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations being added to the network all the time.
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