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PROS

  • Huge space for seven
  • Seats easily accessed
  • Lots of kit
  • Sheer value

CONS

  • Poor seating flexibility
  • Cheap interior plastics
  • High running costs

Verdict

There’s no escaping the sheer physical scale of the new SsangYong Turismo, a vehicle that dwarfs almost every other car on the market.

Replacing the visually challenging Rodius in SsangYong’s line-up, the new seven-seater Turismo is hardly a beauty, but at least its looks are no longer quite as polarising, something which should have a positive impact upon sales.

Vast cabin

SsangYong’s latest model occupies a segment many other manufacturers have long since abandoned – that of the ‘full-size’ people carrier.

Here’s a cavernous estate that’s capable of carrying seven adults and their luggage at the same time. Consequently, it’s far from compact and its 5.13m length might be off-putting for some drivers.

The seats are laid out differently to many European people carriers, with a pair of ‘captains’ chairs in the middle row and a three-person bench at the back. The advantage is that passengers can access the rear-most seat without middle-row occupants being forced to vacate the vehicle.

Front passengers are cossetted plus there's a great view outside thanks to a high riding position and large windows around the car.

They’re less useful for rearward visibility though, with extended rearmost head restraints interrupting the view – a reversing camera would prove useful. However, the boot space within that large rear end is an impressive 875 litres with the seats occupied, something smaller seven-seaters can’t remotely get close to.

Conventional to drive

Despite its high stance and rear-wheel drive (selectable four-wheel drive is standard on the range-topping EX version), it doesn’t feel dissimilar to many other people carriers to drive.

Essentially its role is one of providing comfort to occupants rather than being an enthusiastic partner for B-road jaunts. This it does well.

All passengers should feel relaxed and isolated from the road’s imperfections, regardless of speed and the cabin is insulated from wind noise and tyre roar too. Only the strained note of the engine when accelerating hard is particularly noticeable.

Limited engine choice

Only one engine’s available, the 2.0-litre e-XDi diesel, producing 153bhp and 360Nm from a low 1,500 rpm.

There’s a six-speed manual gearbox offered alongside Mercedes-Benz’s five-speed T-Tronic automatic, the latter of which is the only transmission choice with the four-wheel drive version.

Needless to say, with a large body weighing over two tonnes, fuel efficiency isn’t a strong point, with the best performer managing 37.2mpg with CO2 emissions of 199g/km.

To find out more, continue reading Parkers’ full SsangYong Turismo review.

What owners say about this car

7 proper seats and a big boot which you can adjust by sliding the rear bench backwards or forwards. Read owner review

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