It's hard to take exception with the Korando's opening price - just £17,000. Yes, that does only buy you a front-wheel drive version, with all-wheel drive models setting you back from around £18,500, but we need a little perspective here. After all, a front-wheel drive entry-level Hyundai Tucson retails at nearly £19,500, the equivalent Toyota RAV4 is around £24,500 and even the cheapest diesel Skoda Yeti is around £19,000. Suddenly the Korando starts to make a serious case of itself - on the balance sheet at the very least.
It gets hill start control as standard (the brakes hold the car momentarily as you move off, without the need for the handbrake), though there is no hill-descent control function. This is a little odd for a car that proclaims its off-road ability, SsangYong quoting approach, departure and breakover angles to underscore its all-terrain versatility. The centre console houses a Bluetooth-compatible audio system with USB and AUX-in sockets, while if you ascend the range, you get features such as heated leather seats, bigger alloys, privacy glass and an electric sunroof on the plush 'ELX' 4x4 versions that come either with or without auto transmission priced at £22,000 and £23,500 respectively.