SsangYong has brought its fourth-generation medium SUV into the 2021 model year without the manual, and with fewer diesel options than before.

    Built in Korea, the 2021 Ssangyong Korando range starts at $29,990 drive-away.

    The diesel is now exclusively withheld for the top-of-the-range Ultimate.

    It is against some tough competition in the medium SUV category from the likes of the Toyota RAV4, the Hyundai Tucson and the Mazda CX-5.

    The Korando undercuts many within the segment in terms of pricing and standard features.

    It undercuts the base automatic Hyundai Tucson by $2000 and the base automatic Kia Sportage by $1500.

    There are petrol and diesel engines available, all mated to a six-speed Aisin-sourced automatic transmission.

    In 2020 only 252 Korandos were registered here in Australia.


    • 2021 SsangYong Korando EX 2WD: $29,990
    • 2021 SsangYong Korando EXL 2WD: $32,990
    • 2021 SsangYong Korando Ultimate 2WD petrol: $37,990
    • 2021 SsangYong Korando Ultimate AWD diesel: $39,990

    All prices are drive-away


    The 2021 SsangYong Korando is offered with two different powertrains: a turbo petrol and a turbo diesel.

    A 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol is available across the range and produces 120kW of power and 280Nm of torque, sent through the front wheels.

    The 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel is reserved for the Ultimate trim and produces 100kW of power and 324Nm of torque, sent to all four wheels through an all-wheel drive system.

    All models are mated to an Aisin-sourced six-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

    Fuel Economy

    The 1.5-litre turbo petrol uses a claimed 7.7L/100km on the combined cycle, while the 1.6-litre turbo-diesel uses a claimed 6.4L/100km.

    All Korando models have a 47L fuel tank and the petrol models require 95 RON premium unleaded.


    The 2021 SsangYong Korando measures 4450mm long, 1870mm wide and 1620mm tall, with a 2675mm wheelbase.

    It has 407L of boot space with the second row of seats up, which expands to 1104L with the seats down.

    The Korando has a kerb weight of 1435kg and a braked towing capacity of 1500kg.

    Servicing and Warranty

    SsangYong offers a seven-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty, seven years of capped price servicing and seven years of roadside assistance.

    Service pricing for the turbo petrol models are the following:

    12 months24 months36 months48 months60 months72 months84 months

    Service pricing for the turbo-diesel models are the following:

    12 months24 months36 months48 months60 months72 months84 months


    The Ssangyong Korando comes with a five-star ANCAP rating with testing conducted in 2019.

    It scored 88 per cent for adult occupant protection, 86 per cent for child occupant protection, 68 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and a safety assist score of 72 per cent.

    All 2021 SsangYong Korando models come standard with the following safety features:

    • Autonomous emergency braking
    • Seven airbags
    • Lane keep assist
    • High beam assist
    • Forward collision warning
    • Lane departure warning
    • Driver attention alert
    • Seat belt reminders
    • Hill start assist
    • Hill descent control
    • Reverse camera

    Standard Equipment

    The Korando EX comes standard with the following:

    • 17-inch alloy wheels
    • Full size alloy spare wheel
    • Cruise control
    • Fabric seats
    • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display
    • Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • Auto-folding door mirrors
    • Rain sensing window wipers

    Stepping up the ELX adds on top:

    • 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Rear-cross traffic alert
    • Front and rear parking sensors
    • LED daytime running lights
    • LED fog lights
    • Leather steering wheel
    • Fabric seats with synthetic leather seat bolsters
    • Heated front seats
    • Electric park brake
    • Keyless entry with push button start
    • Silver roof rails

    The Ultimate adds the following:

    • 19-inch diamond cut alloy wheels
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Lane centering assist
    • Power sunroof
    • Powered tailgate
    • Leather seats
    • Electrically adjusted front seats
    • Ventilated front seats
    • Heated steering wheel
    • 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster
    • Dual-zone climate control
    • Tyre pressure monitoring system

    All paint options apart from the solid white are an extra $495.

    MORE: SsangYong Korando news, reviews and comparisons

    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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