SsangYong Kyron Review

SsangYong Kyron
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SsangYong Kyron Review

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The basic car comes with air-conditioning, ESP, Hill Descent Control (HDC), ABS with EBD, electric windows all round and powered door mirrors, front and rear fog-lights, privacy glass and a Kenwood CD/radio with secondary controls on the steering wheel.

The basic car comes with air-conditioning, ESP, Hill Descent Control (HDC), ABS with EBD, electric windows all round and powered door mirrors, front and rear fog-lights, privacy glass and a Kenwood CD/radio with secondary controls on the steering wheel.

The EX models are likely to be the best sellers with rear parking sensors, electric folding door-mirrors, larger 18-inch alloys, side airbags and leather upholstery amongst other things. The automatic version has the added benefit of cruise control. There is a Kenwood audio and navigation system with touch screen in the options list for £999 along with a host of other goodies.

In terms of looks, the Kyron is very similar to its main competitors. The only really distinguishing feature is the SsangYong family face with a hefty grille and front bumper.

From the side, the Kyron could easily be mistaken for some of the more expensive SUVs on the market, which shows that SsangYong is doing something right. The generally ‘European’ look, without any hint of ostentation, is not surprising as it was designed by one Ken Greenley, SsangYong’s British creative director.

The rear end has large wrap-around light clusters and a heavy tailgate that allows access to the 625-litre capacity boot - or a maximum of 1,085 if you take advantage of the single-action fold to the rear seats. As the release button is pushed, the squab moves forwards while the backrest folds almost flat.

Within the luggage space of all Kyron's you will find a cargo net and a detachable, webbed bulkhead, by which to keep the dog in its place or a large load from joining the passengers. Also standard and of particular interest to those who tour, are roof rails and the capability of towing a 2,300kg, braked trailer (2,100kg for the 2WD version) or 750kg, if unbraked.

The interior is equally smart and, with a distinct lack of ‘glitz’ or ‘bling’ much favoured by makers of budget cars, the cabin is more sedate than it should be. As an EX, the test car had leather seat covers and that adds to the sophisticated ambience.

The front of the cabin seems to be quite angular in appearance, although there are some circular button arrays that break up lines. The instrument nacelle, behind the rake-adjustable, steering wheel, is quite wide, which makes it easier to read the large and well-spaced dials. The top of the nacelle forms part of a shallow arc that takes in the air vents on the right and the top of the centre console on the left.

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SsangYong Kyron Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSsangYong Kyron 2.0 EX
  
Body TypeSUV
ColourGrey
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph15.4 Seconds
Top Speed 104 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban28.8 mpg
Extra Urban45.6 mpg
Combined37.7 mpg
  
Insurance Group13
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Year / 60,000 Mile Warranty
Price (when tested on the 09/08/08)£19,495

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