The SsangYong Rodius is a capable MPV at a sensible price which exceeded our expectations.
Our preconceived concerns were totally unfounded and we found very little wrong with the SsangYong Rodius. Yes there were a few rough edges but overall we were impressed. The engine and transmission are tried and tested Mercedes-Benz units and should prove durable in the long term.
Value For Money
The Rodius range starts at £18,999 for the 2.7Xdi S automatic which seems very competitive. The downside of SsangYong ownership must be the unknown - how much is a Rodius going to be worth when you need to sell it and is there going to be a dealer network to support it. SYUK Cars Limited, SsangYong’s UK importer is working hard to develop the dealer network, with more dealers coming on board.
All Rodius models come with a three year or 60,000 mile warranty, whichever comes first, a three year unlimited mileage paint finish warranty and a six year anti-corrosion warranty.
The SsangYong Rodius is a capable MPV at a sensible price which exceeded our expectations. Of course the distinctive exterior styling and SsangYong badge will be a stumbling block to some potential purchasers but if you are someone who likes to spend their money wisely and doesn't have their head turned by designer labels then the Rodius maybe the vehicle for you.25 September 2005
SsangYong Rodius Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||SsangYong Rodius SV 270 S|
|Colour||Fine Silver Metallic (£300 option)|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||13.5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||104 mph|
|Transmission||Mercedes Benz T Tronic Automatic Transmission|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||33.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-year/60,000 mile manufacturer warranty|
3-year unlimited mile surface paint warranty
6-year anti corrosion warranty
|Price (when tested on the 25/09/05)||£ 18,999|