Test SsangYong XLV, spacious and economic

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SsangYong, source south Korean, and belonging at present to the manufacturer Mahindra&Mahindra, aims to be placed on the european market as an alternative between vehicles economic, with products that offer much compared to its price in comparison with other brands. Currently SsangYong has a range of six models, with the well-known, for years, Rexton, Rhodius and Korando; although in recent months they have launched two new products with much prominence, the SsangYong Tivoli, and the SsangYong XLV. They also offer a pick-up, the Actyon Sports Pick Up.

This week, Actualidad Motor, we have put ourselves at the controls of the SsangYong XLV on your trim level more high, the Limited, associated to the propeller diesel 1.6 of 115 CV. Our unit is associated with the change six-speed manual, having as an option an automatic transmission with the same number of gears. At least for the moment, it is not possible to associate the XLV with a traction system 4×4, sending power exclusively to the front axle. Join us.

it May be that the forms of the SsangYong XLV will be familiar. It’s probably because you’ve already read our test of the SsangYong Tivoli, with which it shares virtually all of the front design, and a good part of interior elements as well as engines. Both have been developed on the same platform, being for this reason that they have so much in common. In your rear is more similar to the Rhodius.

The Tivoli stretched

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Despite having a focus meant for the european market, its design does not share characteristics with the majority of vehicles that we see on the roads. We note your asian origin, something that does not have to be a negative point, as many of you may be tired of the fact that most cars look alike so much. Its front image is quite robust; but let us not fool ourselves, is not a car suitable to leave the asphalt beyond roads in good condition. free height is 16.7 cm.

Here before your lines are very straight and marked as, leaving no place for gentle curves. The front is dominated by two large and angular halogen headlights that incorporate daytime lighting LED in its upper part. Between the two appears the coat of arms of the mark, which looks with pride. The lower area of the bumper creates a kind of bone-shaped or flat key with two shades, being narrow in the central area and more open at the ends, which house the lights of antinieblas.

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In your side view remains quite similar to the Tivoli, but the similarities disappear in the three-quarters rear. In this way, we could say that is a “Tivoli stretched”. The rear overhang is greater, which gives, as we will see later, a more spacious interior. Will highlight their tire design care, finished in duotone and 18 inches, with mixed tyres M+S in size 205/60 R18, as well as the black finishes of the pillar later. A curiosity is that the door handles are at different heights.

Let the posterior area of the XLV. It seems that in this area the designers of SsangYong have not been careful too. Almost half of the pilots lights are in the rear flippers. The gate of the trunk, of large dimensions, it receives marked nerves and in the central area displayed the logo of the brand and the name of the model but, for my taste, could be a little more elaborate. In the upper part a spoiler makes a point of sportsmanship.

Space before all

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dimensions of the SsangYong XLV are of 4,44 meters long, 1.8 meters wide and 1.6 meters high. The battle is 2.6 meters. Except the length, all dimensions are identical to the Tivoli. On paper, the space in the squares front is identical to its little brother. driver and co-Driver will enjoy a great space, although they are people of stature and generous. Stresses its large volume and number in which hollow slide means, with capacity for a multitude of water bottles and many other items.

In the squares later continues to present a habitability worthy of admiration. By having a roof line as horizontal, the height space is similar to that of the seats front. The distance from the knees to the row of seats in front is also very loose, being able to travel 4 adults 1.90 meters no problem. This row of seats allows for a slight up-regulation of the inclination of the backrest.

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In terms of the width, more of the same, although with a fifth occupant comfort will be clearly lower for long trips. The central square is more close, hard, and high, with a back that swoops leading to an armrest with two bottle holders. The tunnel of transmission is minimal, a point very much in favor, but we miss an exit of air.

If we talk about the trunk, this allows light and shadows. It is quite deep, and the brand reports a volume of 720 litres. However, this measure is up to the ceiling, and not to the load compartment cover. With it stretched, the cargo space is reduced enough for your height, and the wheel arches remaining abilities due to their shapes. In any case, there will be enough space for a family holiday and four suitcases. By folding the rear seats, the volume grows up to 1440 litres.

Finishes and materials correct

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the interior of The SsangYong XLV, modeled the Tivoli (and sorry for quoting it again) seeks to provide a presence close to models of a higher price. Visually we find a dashboard that was more achieved than expected. The dashboard is attractive, showing the information clearly, even if we don’t finish to convince you to move around the information of your small screen central may have to resort to a button located in the central zone, under the touch screen, and not in the steering wheel itself.

Said steering wheel offers a touch that is very well managed thanks to its leather-trimmed, although the “piano black” will catch dust particles. The location of the buttons is simple and one of them will trigger the heating of the same, something that those who “suffer” cold hands that come to us are phenomenal. We also find the finish “piano black” on the main console – and neither will get rid of the dust – chaired in its upper area by a 8-inch touch screen that includes browser and offers a correct management. A small bug is that the incidence of the sun can make it difficult to significantly your vision.

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usually we found hard plastics, although a good visual presence. Your settings will also not be the best in the market, appearing some noises when you press on the corners of certain parts, at least in our unit. Valuing the total price at which you move this SsangYong XLV, we say that are quite correct, not wanting to say that we are at a cabin or poor design. An added thank is the solar roof with openness, which is incorporated in series in this finish Limited.

D16T 4×2, up to 1,600 cc and 115 HP

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The range mechanics of the SsangYong XLV is quite small, one can choose between this mechanical diesel 1.6 115 HP tested, and another gasoline atmospheric of identical front and 128 CV that is only offered with manual shift mode and that receives the denomination G16. In any case, for the type of car that it is, nor do I see need a range of engines very wide.

The propellant D16T, in our unit associated with the manual change of six speeds, not highlighted by a sporty performance. The 115 HP is located between 3.400 and 4.000 rpm, while its maximum torque of 300 Nm, appears and is available between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm. According to the data provided by the firm in south korea, its maximum speed is 174 km/h, while we have not found official data of acceleration in the 0 to 100 km/h. The mixed-use approved is 4.5 l/100 km

Leading to base-pair

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once you have performed the review in static, the time has come to turn the key and give life to this block diesel. The boot cold the D16T is shown something noisy, although well isolated from vibrations. Once you take temperature the noise at idle decreases, being felt more than in other vehicles during phases of acceleration and high speeds.Before we have quoted that its peak torque is between 1500 and 2500 rpm; and it is in this area where you will find more comfortable. Raise the needle beyond the 3,500 rpm won’t have much sense. The engine is very linear, giving the feeling of pushing the same as 2,000 to 3,500 rpm.

on the other hand, seems to be that the accelerator pedal position is not at all matched with the power demand that comes to the engine; let me explain: in the first section of the accelerator, the response is good, but more than half of his journey it seems that the mapping does not respond linearly what sank the accelerator. In this way, normally we will drive in, as they say, “peak gas”.

transmission, and manual of six relations, offers a few developments long with the objective of reducing the consumption of the SsangYong XLV 1.600 diesel. Consumption that, after completion of the test, have been according to the box of instruments in 6,2 l/100 km, although the rate constants for dual carriageway, 120 km/h it is easy to around 5.5 liters. The negative point of the long developments to reduce consumption is that in many cases, such as steep slopes and overtaking, it is likely that we have to use it and reduce any up.

In search of comfort

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The SsangYong XLV is a family vehicle, although with a certain aesthetic “pulling” to SUV, so we can’t search for a performance sports with him. Will “in his salsa” rhythms quiet and at legal speeds, fulfilling its function satisfactorily both in highways and in urban core. Where they are least comfortable is on mountain passes. In these pathways, if we carry something of a hurry will appear marked inclinations of the body; although to a normal rhythm, the inclination will be very contained. In general, it is a suspension soft, totally oriented to the comfort, and that filters very well the irregularities. Therefore, an ideal configuration for this vehicle.

on the other hand, although the driver’s seat allows for a wider adjustment, I had to force slightly my usual position at the time of driving, since the steering wheel offers height adjustment but no in-depth, so that determines our posture. And while we’re on the steering wheel, the steering has a lot of assistance, which can vary slightly in hardness in three different modes via a button. This has proven to be little direct and informative, but very comfortable to maneuver.

The last hits that we can get to the SsangYong XLV tested are your tires, so that is not a negative point to the car itself. When you leave the dealership comes with a few tires brand Kumho type M+S in steps 215/45 R18. These tires, which improve the capabilities off-road, worsen the capabilities of the XLV (and any other car) when it circulates asphalt. Taking into account that the vast majority of their owners will almost never go out to tracks and muddy roads with a car like this, doesn’t make much sense to be put together. The solution is, when you touch you change them, better to opt for a rubber 100 % of asphalt.

Conclusions

Prueba SsangYong XLV

During this week, the SsangYong XLV, with engine D16T and finish Limited, has shown us that is among the best options for those customers who are seeking a car spacious, comfortable and economical price. Not for this is a car “poor” equipment, and is finishing Limited comes with all of what any driver needs and even more. Also it looks like a car economic from the outside, although it is true that he has a few lines design is quite unusual in Europe. The boot space will be sufficient for the vast majority.

Let’s go dismissing our test. We have already commented that the options are very contained, but we have not missed more power except in rare cases. The engine torque is sufficient to move with ease to the XLV and, without a doubt, this is the most mechanical commercialized in this model. The variant of gasoline, which starts from the 16.650 euro, do not have turbo, we will appeal rather more to the gear shift; in spite of this, it will be a good option if we don’t cross a lot of miles throughout the year. We also remember that SsangYong offers a warranty of 5 years or 100,000 miles in all their vehicles.

Equipment SsangYong XLV

Prueba SsangYong XLV

Line

  • Climate control manual
  • Indicator of gear change
  • speed Control
  • Alarm
  • System Start&Stop
  • Address flex steer
  • trip Computer
  • Network rack
  • power Outlets 12-Volt
  • Armrest, front with stowage compartment
  • Armrest, rear drink holders
  • child Lock
  • Tires on 16-inch
  • daytime running Lights LED
  • Crystals obscured
  • System active roll-over (Arp)
  • Isofix
  • Help the start slope
  • parking assistance

Premium

  • Climate control bizona
  • audio System with 8” display, dual USB, and Bluetooth
  • rear view Camera
  • Upholstery leather-micro-perforated
  • rear Spoiler
  • front fog lamps
  • Crystals obscured
  • roof Rails

Limited

  • audio System with 8” screen, web browser, double USB, and Bluetooth
  • steering Wheel, heated
  • steering Wheel and gear knob in leather
  • Sensor lights and rain
  • heated front Seats
  • exterior Mirrors with led indicators and courtesy light integrated
  • Wheels of 18 inches
  • electric sunroof

Prices SsangYong XLV without discount

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Engine Change Finish Price
Engine Change Finish Price
G16 128 CV Manual 6V Line 18.900 €
G16 128 CV Manual 6V Premium 20.500 €
D16T 115 HP Manual 6V Premium 22.000 €
D16T 115 HP Manual 6V Limited 24.000 €
D16T 115 HP Automatic 6V Premium 24.000 €
D16T 115 HP Automatic 6V Limited 26.000 €

the Opinion of the editor

Pros

  • economic Price
  • Large-amplitude general
  • Comfort

Cons

  • interior Finishes improvable
  • Tires M+S
  • exterior Design rear unappetizing

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