Ssangyong Rodius

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SSangyong Rodius


Looks like a BMW X6 with a conservatory attachment out back. And drives about as well. Ridiculously big, but that’s no reason to get one

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  • It won’t take you long to guess the Top Gear office nickname for this one. It’s apt, too
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    Rodius 2.0D S 5d

    Price £15,995

    BHP 155

    LB FT 265

    MPG 38

    CO2 193

    0-62 MPH 0.00

    Top Speed 105

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What is it?

If your car is anything to do with sexuality, then here's one for all you eunuchs out there. Is it any good? It doesn't matter. Just go and find a big sack. Or an optician.


Just look at it. Now ask yourself honestly: is that monstrosity really, really going to handle like an Elise? Correct. No discernable handling of any kind.

Even the big five-cylinder diesel takes 15 seconds to drag the Rodius to 60mph, but to be honest, any faster would be truly terrifying.

On the inside

Points for sheer massiveness – buckets of space in all of the seven seats (in Korea, you can actually order your Rodius with nine seats, which should tell you something about the size of the thing) – but let down by a cheap, nasty, cheap, nasty interior. Cheap and nasty.

The interior is as plasticky and tacky as a plastic tack, while the entire body shakes alarmingly over bad roads. The big diesel should be good for a few years, at least.

Fantastically practical, right up until the moment that you discover you can’t get your kids into the car because they’ve all run away through fright.


With a massive warranty, the Rodius might actually make some sense, but Ssangyong still only offers a basic three-year package. This is bad.

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