You are here

Road Test: Ssangyong Rodius 270 S 5dr (2006-2013)

£15,340 when new

Find new & used cars

Car specifications

Budget
£15,340
Brake horsepower
165bhp
Fuel consumption
32.1mpg
0–62 mph
14.20s
CO2
223g/km
Max speed
105Mph
Insurance Group
27D

The Rodius, a car even more prone to embarrassing mispronunciation than the Rexton, and one that blows the anonymous cover of its fellow SsangYongs by looking curiously like a BMW X6 with a DIY conservatory attachment out back.

I know attractiveness is a subjective concept, but unless you found that mouse-with-an-ear-grafted-onto-its-back attractive, you’ll struggle with this one.

That arse transplant does mean the Rodius is bloody monstrous on the inside, though. There are three rows of seats with buckets of bootspace behind - indeed, in Korea you can even order a nine-seater Rodius with a fourth row in the very back - and enough headroom for an impromptu meeting of the Wisbech Top Hat convention.

The interior quality is just awful, though - as tacky and plasticky as a plastic tack - while the gearchange is floppy and wobbly enough to provoke a Pele-fronted public information campaign.

Still, if you’re, say, a freakishly tall airport cab driver with no sense of shame, you might just find a place for the Rodius in your heart. The rest of you can do better.

 

What do you think?

This service is provided by Disqus and is subject to their privacy policy and terms of use. Please read Top Gear’s code of conduct (link below) before posting.

Promoted content