SsangYong joins the Motability Car Scheme

SsangYong logoSsangYong (meaning Double Dragon) are a Korean motor company that are 70% owned by Indian multinational Mahindra and Mahindra. They are the forth largest Automotive company in Korea behind Hyundai, Kia and Daewoo, the owners have big plans and their considerable investment is starting to bear fruit, the launch of the new Tivoli, I-Lov-It spelt backwards (now on the Scheme), and the growing number of new dealerships popping up means that SsangYong are avoiding the mistakes made by Daewoo and their future appears to be rosy here in the UK.  SsangYong are famed for making large four wheel drive vehicles and are a firm favourite with the caravan owners, in fact some dealerships even share the forecourt with Baileys, Swifts and Lunars.



SsangYong Korado Motability carSsangYong Korando

The Korando is a spacious, good looking SUV and the most popular Ssangyong, it can tow up to 2000kg and offers excellent value as a two or four wheel drive car. Before you rush off to order a word of caution, listed on the Scheme is the outgoing Korando with a Euro 5 2.0 litre diesel engine starting at £799 advance payment. This 147bhp 2.0 litre diesel has lots of power (torque) but it only comes in at 2000 revs, the replacement 2.2 litre euro 6 diesel fitted to the new car has the peak torque coming in at 1400 revs and produces 178bhp with 400nm of torque, 0-62 is 9.9 seconds and combined fuel economy is 53.3 miles per gallon as a two wheel drive car, the outgoing 2.0 litre could only manage 47.1 mpg. This engine can be paired to a new 6 speed automatic gearbox replacing the five speed Mercedes box.


SsangYong Rexton Motability car

SsangYong Rexton

The Rexton is big, really big, it has four wheel drive and seven seats as standard and can pull up to 3000kg. Powered by a euro 5 2.0 litre diesel with 155bhp it can reach 62 in 11.4 seconds and return only 38.2 miles per gallon, we are awaiting details on the Euro 6 diesel that will be available shortly. Prices for the old car are £1799 for the manual or £2799 as an automatic.




SsangYong Turismo motability car

SsangYong Turismo

If the Ford Galaxy or VW Sharan are proving a little small then the answer is the Turismo, with its 2 2 3 seating configuration there is room for seven adults and their luggage as with all seats in place there is still a whopping 875 litres of boot space. Powered by the same engine as the Rexton in two (rear) wheel drive of four wheel drive as an automatic economy is only 37.2 miles per gallon as a manual. We are expecting a new engine to be announced shortly. Prices start at £1499 and rise to £2999 for the all wheel drive automatic.


As at October 2015