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SSANGYONG KORANDO E-MOTION ELECTRIC ESTATE

140kW Ultimate 61.5kWh 5dr Auto

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SsangYong's Korando e-Motion takes the Korean maker into the EV market for the first time. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

Almost every month now, we're seeing developments in EV technology. What we're not seeing is retail asking prices of electric vehicles falling as quickly as family motorists might like, as the cost of creating EV technology becomes able to be spread across now greater sales numbers. If you want an EV that's credibly family-sized, you'll be doing well to find a decently specified one that's significantly under the £35,000 asking price threshold for the current £1,500 government Plug-in car grant. But that's exactly what Korean maker SsangYong aims to provide with this car, the Korando e-Motion. SsangYong hasn't electrified the entire Korando range - the thirsty 1.5-litre conventional petrol version still continues. Like that model, the e-Motion can only be had in front-driven form, which feels slightly disappointing given that the Korando model series has historically built its reputation on 4WD: provision of that extra traction would have been an additional extra selling point for the Korean maker in this segment. Still, customers in this class don't really need it, the Korando e-Motion's task being to wrest sales away from its closely priced arch-rival, the MG ZS EV, in the fight for custom from budget-orientated family folk contemplating the switch to an EV.

Driving Experience

One electric motor drives the Korando e-Motion, situated on the front axle. It's powered by a 61.5kWh battery with an unremarkable 211 mile driving range. Like all EVs, this one feels quite rapid - though not pointlessly so: rest to 62mph takes around 9 seconds and the top speed is 97mph. A sporty drive mode is provided for quicker acceleration, but the car works best with the more languid power delivery offered in the normal setting. All the torque is, as usual with an EV, delivered at once, so on a greasy road, if you're setting off with purpose, you need to be careful not to spin the front wheels. Refinement is impressive, even for an EV - SsangYong has worked particularly hard on wind roar. The suspension is pretty well damped and doesn't clue you in to the heaviness of the powertrain beneath the floor, ironing off most ordinary bumps quite easily. Speed humps and larger pot holes catch it out though. As with most EVs, you can alter the level of brake energy recuperation using steering wheel paddles, the most aggressive setting of which provides virtually single pedal driving; ie, there's rarely any need to use the actual brake pedal, so severe is the off-throttle deceleration.

Design and Build

It's not difficult to recognise this e-Motion model as the EV representative in the Korando line-up. For those who don't notice the blanked off front grille, special badging and unusual 17-inch wheels, SsangYong has added blue finishing to the door mirrors and the rear bumper. And yes, you have to have it. It's all a bit more sober inside, where the only real giveaways to this car's battery status lie with the bespoke instrument cluster and angular silvered auto gearstick. The 8-inch central infotainment screen isn't very big - and doesn't include navigation with base-spec trim - which might be an issue if you're looking for charging sites with poor 'phone reception. You do get a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. And quite a bit more rear seat room than is offered by a rival MG ZS EV (or a rival Peugeot e-2008 come to that). This SsangYong's boot space isn't much affected by the battery pack, rated at 551-litres - which compares very favourably with the 448-litre figure of that MG ZS EV. Fold the rear seats on a Korando e-Motion and the capacity figure grows to over 1,200-litres.

Market and Model

There are three Korando e-Motion trim levels - 'ELX', 'Ventura' and 'Ultimate'. The base 'ELX' variant requires around £32,000 from you. That's around £11,500 more than an equivalently-specced 1.5-litre petrol version of this model. More relevantly, it's £1,000 more than a rival MG ZS EV Long Range model. The mid-range 'Ventura' e-Motion version costs around £35,000. And top 'Ultimate' e-Motion spec requires around £38,000 from you, which seems quite ambitious. Got that? Good. On to equipment. Even the base-spec 'ELX' comes with features like 17-inch alloy wheels and intelligent adaptive cruise control. Plus a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, LED front fog lights, smart highbeam headlamps and auto headlights and wipers. There's also an 8-inch centre-dash infotainment screen with smartphone-mirroring ('Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto') and a rear view camera. Standard camera-driven safety features fitted as standard across the range include Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Autonomous Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane keeping Assist (LKA) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA). 'Ventura'-spec adds LED headlamps and navigation; an 'Ulimate'-spec includes leather upholstery, electrically operated front seats, a powered tailgate and a heat pump for longer battery range in cold weather.

Cost of Ownership

The powertrain draws from a 61.5kWh battery (though only about 55kWh of it's available to use) and this, as mentioned in our 'Driving;' section, offers a WLTP-certified 211 mile driving range between charges. That puts it towards the bottom of the pack of Crossover EVs at around this price point (a slightly cheaper MG ZS EV Long Range model manages up to 273 miles). Filling up the battery from empty takes around 11 hours from a 7kW domestic wallbox. Find a 100kW rapid charger when you're out and about and you can complete a 20-80% fill in about half an hour. A heat pump comes fitted to 'Ultimate'-spec to preserve battery range in cold conditions. As with all SsangYong models, there's the peace of mind of a seven year/150,000 mile warranty. Where the Korando runs into trickier territory is in the area of residual values. With its limited dealer network and almost non-existent promotional budget, there's no getting away from the fact that public awareness of this vehicle is virtually nil. That can only have a detrimental effect on residual values which will never be as punchy as big name EVs in this segment. Some recompense comes with modest insurance ratings. Insurance is group 31D-32D.

Summary

If you've taken a look at the pricing of family-sized EVs, then taken a step back, SsangYong's Korando e-Motion aims to have your number. It takes the budget formula the market was already being offered with MG's ZS EV and builds into that a little more interior space and boot capacity. It seems unlikely that too many customers will want to stretch up to towards £38,000 for the priciest version of this car, but at about £30,000 in base form, it looks a decently priced package, particularly as the driving range out-strips that of several better-known European rivals. In future, SsangYong will bring us better EVs than this, but for the time being, the Korando e-Motion is a very decent start.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Emissions
Emissions0.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed97mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 12.3" full digital colour cluster
  • 9" HD screen with link to digital cockpit colour cluster
  • Apple CarPlay and Google Android auto
  • Bluetooth handsfree system
  • Driver attention alert system
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Electric power steering
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Front parking sensor
  • Intelligent adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keeping assistant (LKA)
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Rear view camera
  • Selectable drive modes - sport, comfort , eco, eco+
  • Speed limit warning
  • TomTom navigation system
  • Wireless phone charger

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • 6.6 kW onboard charger
  • Charging cable - emergency 3 pin (ICCB)
  • Type 2 & CCS Combo rapid charge port (50 kW)
  • Virtual engine sound system (VESS)

Entertainment

  • 6 speaker sound system
  • DAB/AM/FM radio with RDS
  • MP3, M4A, APE, OGG, WMA, FLAC & WAV file format play
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • USB port

Exterior Features

  • Automatic headlight control and rain sensing aero type front wipers
  • Body coloured exterior door handles
  • Clean sill door
  • Closed style aero front grille
  • Combination antenna
  • Electric blue rear skid plate
  • Electric folding and heated door mirrors
  • Electric-blue coloured door mirrors with side repeater & puddle lamp
  • Electrochromatic rear view mirror
  • Front PVC door scuffs
  • Headlamp levelling
  • Headlight escort/Follow you home headlights
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • LED multi focus reflector headlamps with electric blue accents
  • Lower windscreen wiper de-icer
  • New style LED rear combination lights
  • Powered windows with drivers one touch down
  • Privacy glass-rear-door, quarter windows and tailgate
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear spoiler with high mounted LED stop light
  • Remote power tailgate
  • Smart high beam
  • Solar and noise control windscreen
  • Tinted windows
  • Visual VIN plate

Interior Features

  • 12V power outlets front and rear
  • 2 outer rear head restraints
  • 2 zone automatic air conditioning
  • 60/40 split folding 3 rear seats in 2nd row
  • Adjustable sliding centre console armrest
  • Cabin air quality control system
  • Driver and front passenger power adjustable seats
  • Driver seat power lumbar adjustment
  • Electric blue accents to dash and front doors
  • Floor mats with electric blue stitching
  • Heat pump
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated leather covered steering wheel with electric blue accents
  • Heated rear seats
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Illuminated sun visor with sliding extension
  • Leather upholstery with electric blue stitching
  • Luggage board
  • Luggage cover and net
  • Overhead sunglass holder
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Rear folding centre armrest with cup holders
  • Rear outer ISOFIX child seat anchorage
  • Single front passenger seat
  • Ventilated front seats

Passive Safety

  • Active roll over prevention protection
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Curtain airbags for front and rear passengers
  • Dual airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front passenger airbag on/off switch
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Front side airbags
  • Front vehicle start alert
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill start assist
  • Manual child lock in rear doors
  • Outer rear seatbelts with pre-tensioners and centre 3 point seatbelt
  • Regenerative braking - 3 mode paddle shift control
  • Safety distance warning
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Anti theft alarm and immobiliser
  • Electric steering column lock
  • Smart-key system including push button start

Wheels

  • 17" alloy wheels with eco tyres
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty
    70
  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    61.5
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Charge Time (Mins)
    660
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Percentage Change
    0-100
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Power Supply - kW
    6.6
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Power Supply - kW
    50
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Charge Time (Mins)
    54
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Percentage Change
    20-80
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Charge Time (Mins)
    33
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Percentage Change
    20-80
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Power Supply - kW
    100
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Charge Time (Mins)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Percentage Change
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Power Supply - kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Charging Port Location
    Left Side Front
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    90000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    7
  • Usable Battery Capacity
    55.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    16.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.7
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City
    473
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    340
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City
    294
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    211

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    65
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    Not Available

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    0.0
  • Badge Power
    190
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    140 kW 61.5kWh
  • Coin Series
    Ultimate
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    32D
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    88
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    85
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    68
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    74
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    10000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    150000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    7
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 60 mph (secs)
    9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    190
  • Engine Power - KW
    140
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    265
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    36.7
  • Engine Torque - NM
    360
  • Top Speed
    97

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/65 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/65 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1635
  • Length
    4465
  • Wheelbase
    2675
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1870

Weight and Capacities

  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2250
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1248
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    551
  • Max. Loading Weight
    410
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    500
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1840
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.7
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Customer Reviews

   
Mike Lowe

Mike Lowe

"Have to give the whole team at Silverstone a massive 5 stars ( my wife would have given them 6 stars for having to deal with me :-) ) From start to finish a truly professional service for the three cars that myself and my colleges chose for company cars, working with Tom and Michelle has been a pleasure, speed of response to questions has been quick and precise. Thank you and would defiantly recommend Silverstone for your leasing partner."

"6 months ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

"7 months ago"

Lewis Higginson

Lewis Higginson

"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

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"I have used Silverstone Fleet Management for the last few years for all our company cars and I will continue to do so as the service is very good, Aby always answers our questions and never minds making changes to quotes until we are happy with the options / pricing, once it comes to ordering the vehicles the process is seamless. I would not hesitate to recommend Silverstone Fleet."

"6 months ago"

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"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"5 months ago"

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