More airbags would be good but with cheap-as-chips travelling, the Value For Money element should work for a lot of people.
On the subject of safety, all of the SsangYong Rodius variants have ABS with EBD, door impact beams, fog lights front and rear, disc brakes all round, dual airbags at the front and all but the S model have ESP. At the time of writing this report, the Rodius hasn’t undergone the EuroNCAP safety testing but more airbags would help its case as extras aren’t even available as an option.
Under the bonnet of every Rodius is a 2.7-litre, turbo-diesel engine; hence the nomenclature, 270S, 270ES etc. It produces 165PS at 4,000rpm, just before the red line and 340Nm of torque between 1,800- and 3,250rpm making it great for towing or simply providing enough pulling power when all of the seats are occupied.
Unfortunately, the gear ratios for the standard 5-speed manual ‘box are set up to allow for a full cargo and don’t do the engine justice. First and second gears are very short in order to overcome the inertia when fully laden or towing. Third is a little better but it isn’t until fourth gear is reached that the engine comes into its own. Once there the Rodius will happily overtake at motorway speeds or cruise all day long.
There is the option of an automatic transmission in the ES and 4WD EX, using the Mercedes, T-Tronic system, which adds £1,500 to the manual prices. Eventually, SsangYong wants to become more self-sufficient in this area but for now, the Mercedes connection is no bad thing.
It takes 14.1 seconds to do the 0-62mph dash and the top speed is 105mph. Fuel consumption figures are 25.2mpg for the urban cycle, 38.2mpg for the extra-urban and the combined is 32.1mpg, while the tailpipe emits CO2 at the rate of 223g/km. The automatic versions are about 3mpg down on the manual and release either 247- or 250g/km CO2.
The Rodius is a large people-mover and the suspension, like the gearing, is set up for a full cabin so, when travelling light, the ride can seem a little soft and on fast bends there is a certain amount of body roll but fill it up and it all feels much tighter. Overall, there is no doubt that the Rodius is a lot of car for the money; great for people with a large family or perhaps as a taxi. More airbags would be good but with cheap-as-chips travelling, the Value For Money element should work for a lot of people.8 July 2008
SsangYong Rodius Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||SsangYong Rodius 270 S|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||14.1 Seconds|
|Top Speed||105 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||38.2 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Years or 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 08/07/08)||£14,995|