The lack of occupant protection could be the deciding factor for customers as the Kyron
It is quite easy to find a comfortable driving position and the armrest-cum-storage bin provides a prop for lazy left arms. There are more comfort and practical items available from the fairly extensive options list.
The Kyron comes with a choice of two engines; the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel is available in combination with 2WD or 4WD and manual or automatic transmissions. The alternative is the 2.7-litre turbo-diesel, which is offered only with the Mercedes-Benz T-Tronic automatic ‘box and AWD.
We tested the 2.0, EX with 4WD, which is described as part time but has a full range (2H, 4H and 4L) selectable via a dial on the dashboard. As an indication of its off-road capability, the Kyron came joint sixth in the 2007, 4x4 of the Year awards. That may not seem to be much to shout about as it was a full 10 points behind the Jeep Commander, winner but it is telling that the Kyron shared its position with the Nissan Navara.
Under normal circumstances, the 2.0-litre engine is capable of powering the Kyron's to a top speed of 103- or 104mph, depending on the transmission; the manual version gains the extra 1mph and it took the test car 15.4 seconds to reach 62mph from standstill. This is thanks to the 141PS at 4,000rpm and 310Nm of torque at 2,250rpm, while the 2.7 unit provides 165PS and 340Nm at the same respective, engine speeds.
The fuel consumption figures are pretty good for the manual version, at 28.8mpg (urban), 45.6mpg (extra-urban) and 37.7mpg for the combined with CO2 emissions of 191g/km. The automatic version is around 4mpg less, per cycle and the emissions rise to 222g/km.
The Kyron will happily bowl along motorways, all day long but there is a fair bit of engine and wind noise. On the lesser roads, the ride and handling is a good compromise between off-road ability and on-road agility. That said, be prepared for a rattle or two on uneven road surfaces.
Although ABS with EBD, ESP with Active Rollover Protection (ARP) are standard along with door impact beams, it is disappointing that S models only have front dual-stage airbags, while EX and 2.7 SPR gain side airbags, but only at the front and I couldn’t find curtain airbags on the options list.
The lack of occupant protection could be the deciding factor for customers as the Kyron, for the most part, adequately matches the competition, especially when it comes to cabin space and betters them all, when it comes to price.9 August 2008
SsangYong Kyron Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||SsangYong Kyron 2.0 EX|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||15.4 Seconds|
|Top Speed||104 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||45.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year / 60,000 Mile Warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 09/08/08)||£19,495|