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Ssangyong

Country of Origin:
South Korea

Models:
Actyon
Kyron
Rexton
Rodius
Key:
* Top speed electronically limited
2.5SC 2.5-litre supercharged engine
2.5TC 2.5-litre turbocharged engine
2.5D 2.5-litre diesel engine
2.5TD 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine
I4 4-cylinder engine in inline configuration
V6 6-cylinder engine in V-shaped configuration
FWD   Front-wheel-drive platform
RWD   Rear-wheel-drive platform
4WD   Four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive platform
5M   5-speed manual
5A   5-speed automatic
5AM 5-speed automanual
CVT Continuously variable auto transmission
l/100km   Litres of fuel consumed every 100 kms

Ssangyong Actyon

The compact Actyon looks like nothing else on the road. If there ever was a sporty-looking 4WD, this is it. Too bad its 2.3-litre four-cylinder joke of an engine does not back up its looks. The engine is mated to a manual or an automatic gearbox, and power reaches the road through a four-wheel-drive system that even includes low-range gearing. Based on the same platform as other Ssangyong 4WD vehicles, the five-door Actyon can seat up to five people and comes with a host of cabin features, including a liftgate rear end.  Available features include cloth or leather upholstery, electric mirrors, alloy wheels of different sizes, CD player, keyless entry, power windows, cruise control and more. Safety features include dual front airbags with available side bags. The four-wheel disc brakes are assisted by ABS with Automatic Braking Differential, whatever that is, while traction control, hill descent control and stability control are all also available.


Compact 4WD



Road Tests & Articles:
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Competitors:
Hyundai Tucson
Kia Sportage
Suzuki Vitara
Price Range
Dhs 59900 - 70000 (US$ 16200 - 19000)
Body Styles
5-door wagon
Weight (kg)
1892 - 1957
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
2.3 I4 4WD 5M/4A 150 214 11.5-12.4 15.0-16.0 164
Good
Extensive features, unique looks, off-road gear
Bad
Very slow, soft handling, fuel economy, luggage space




Ssangyong Kyron

The Kyron is this Korean carmaker's entry into the hotly-contested traditional soft-roader category, only they do it with a real 4WD using truck underpinnings and low-range gearing. Two adults will have no trouble fitting in either front or second row. Behind them is plenty of room for their luggage too. The bench seat also folds down nearly flat to accommodate big, awkward loads like bicycles. The weak part is the 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic, and power reaches the road through a four-wheel-drive system that even includes low-range gearing. The drive system offers a choice of two-wheel drive, four-wheel high, or four-wheel low. The suspension utilizes double wishbones at the front and a multilink design at the rear. Available electronic aids include ABS, hill descent control, traction control, and brake assist. Available features include cloth or leather upholstery, alloy wheels, CD player, keyless entry, power windows, cruise control and more. Safety features include dual front airbags with optional side airbags.


Compact 4WD



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Competitors:
Honda CR-V
Nissan X-Trail
Toyota RAV-4
Price Range
Dhs 75000 - 85000 (US$ 20300 - 23000)
Body Styles
5-door wagon
Weight (kg)
1971 - 2046
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
2.3 I4 4WD 5M/4A 150 214 11.7-12.6 15.5-16.5 160
Good
Overall good looks, spacious, off-road gear
Bad
Slow, road handling, fuel economy, rear blind spots




Ssangyong Rexton II

The Rexton II is the latest version Ssangyong's attractive original Rexton. It was launched in the Middle East alongside two other now-defunct 4WDs back in 2002, and has survived with a facelift for 2007. The five-door Rexton can seat up to seven people and comes with a host of features. The most significant of these is the 3.2-litre inline-six engine built under license from Mercedes-Benz, based on a ten-year-old design. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic with manual shift capability, and power reaches the road through a four-wheel-drive system that even includes low-range gearing. Available features include cloth or leather upholstery, fake wood trim, alloy wheels, CD player, keyless entry, power windows, cruise control and more. Safety features include dual front airbags with available side bags. The four-wheel disc brakes are assisted by ABS with Automatic Braking Differential, while traction control is also available.


Midsize 4WD



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Competitors:
Kia Sorento
Nissan Pathfinder
Toyota Fortuner
Price Range
Dhs 85500 - 95000 (US$ 23200 - 25800)
Body Styles
5-door wagon
Weight (kg)
1879 - 2045
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
3.2 I6 4WD 5A 220 312 15.5 11.8 190
Good
Extensive features, seats seven, off-road gear
Bad
Slow, soft handling, fuel economy, rear blind spots




Ssangyong Rodius

The Rodius is the only Ssangyong-badged vehicle in the line-up that is not a 4WD wagon. Considerably ugly before, it underwent a recent facelift to improve its looks, although it is still a nightmare to look at. The five-door Rodius can seat seven or eight people, depending on how many people you want to cram in, and comes with a good set of features. The most significant of these is the 3.2-litre inline-six engine built under license from Mercedes-Benz, based on a ten-year-old design. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic with manual shift capability, and power reaches the road through either a rear-wheel-drive or a four-wheel-drive system. Available features include cloth or leather upholstery, aluminium-look trim, alloy wheels, CD player, keyless entry, power windows, cruise control, electric mirrors and more. Safety features include dual front airbags with available side bags. The four-wheel disc brakes are assisted by ABS with Automatic Braking Differential, while traction control and electronic stability control are also available.


Large Minivan



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Competitors:
Honda Odyssey
Kia Carnival
Toyota Previa
Price Range
Dhs 83000 - 95000 (US$ 22500 - 25800)
Body Styles
5-door minivan
Weight (kg)
2140 - 2235
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
3.2 I6 RWD/4WD 5A 220 312 14.3-15.6 12.2 191
Good
Extensive space, fits elephants, fair feature set, price
Bad
Seriously ugly, slow, soft handling, fuel economy






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