If you’ve never heard of the SsangYong Korando, don’t stress - you’re probably not alone.

But believe it or not, this so-called ‘C300’ Korando is the fifth-generation version of the company’s mid-sized crossover - and while it may not be a household name here, it used to be the brand’s biggest seller in Australia. 

SsangYong Korando will compete with big-name Korean competitors, and models like Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX-5. SsangYong Korando will compete with big-name Korean competitors, and models like Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX-5.

That was before the company left Australia, but now it’s back with a new focus, new product and under the control of SsangYong HQ in Korea, rather than a local distributor. You could say that this time around the brand is actually committed to making things work.

As such, we wouldn’t dare miss the opportunity to drive the all-new version of the Korando in Korea ahead of its Aussie launch later in 2019. When it gets down under it will compete with a couple of big-name Korean competitors - the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson - not to mention models like the Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX-5. So yeah, this is a vital car for the brand. 

Let’s take a deep dive and see how it stacks up.