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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
SsangYong Turismo (13 on) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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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

At a glance

New price £19,980 - £26,505
Lease from new From £335 per month
Used price £4,450 - £24,295
Used monthly cost £110 - £599
Fuel economy 34 - 39 mpg
Road tax cost £145 - £325
Insurance group 27 - 36 How much is it to insure?

PROS

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

CONS

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

SsangYong Turismo rivals

Hyundai
i800
4 out of 5 4.0

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.

SsangYong Turismo rivals

Hyundai
i800
4 out of 5 4.0