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2021 SsangYong Korando pricing and specs detailed: Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4-rivalling SUV scores mild update

The 2021 SsangYong Korando has moved up slightly in price compared to last year's model.

Ssangyong has lightly updated its Korando medium SUV for 2021, resulting in minor price rises across the three-variant range.

In 2021, the Ssangyong Korando is fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard, and so the entry-level EX grade comes in at $29,990 drive-away, up $1000 compared to its 2020 equivalent.

Of note, the pricing-leading manual EX that opened the range at $26,990 is no longer available.

Middling the line-up is the ELX, offered from $32,990 (up $2000), while the range-topping Ultimate checks in at $37,990 (up $1000), or $39,990 when equipped with the optional diesel powertrain.

Motivating the Ssangyong Korando is a 120kW/280Nm 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, or a 100kW/324Nm 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine in the case of the top-spec Ultimate.

Petrol-powered units are front-wheel driven, while the Ultimate diesel benefits from an all-wheel-drive system.

New this year is a full-size spare wheel and retractable cargo cover, while other notable features carried over include cruise control, power mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, a reverse camera and an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia display.

Standard safety features include autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane-keep assist and high-beam assist.

Moving up to the ELX variant adds 18-inch wheels, LED lighting, heated front seats, an electronic parking brake, silver roof rails and leather seat bolsters.

Safety is also improved on the ELX with the inclusion of blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors.

Reserved for the range-topping Korando Ultimate are 19-inch alloys, a power sunroof and tailgate, leather seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.

The Ultimate also gains adaptive cruise control, lane centre following assist and tyre pressure monitoring.

Ssangyong’s small SUV offering plays against segment heavyweights like the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson, as well as the Nissan X-Trail, Mitsubishi Outlander and Kia Sportage.

2021 SsangYong Korando pricing drive-away

EXAutomatic$29,990 (+$1000)
ELXAutomatic$32,990 (+$2000)
Ultimate petrolAutomatic$37,990 (+$1000)
Ultimate dieselAutomatic$39,990
Spencer Leech
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