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Car #2
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1997. - 2007.
J - SUV
suv, 3 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2000. - 2010.
J - SUV
suv, 3 door
4 x 4

Marketing

Dimensons & Outlines

4330 mm
1841 mm
1840 mm
350 liters
1200 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3740 mm
1680 mm
1640 mm
300 liters
1150 liters
42 liters
1997 SSangYong Korando
2000 Lada Niva

Engine

Mercedes Benz
2.3 M111 E23 HP
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2295 cc
150 hp
220 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Petrol
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1690 cc
82 hp
133 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1765 kg
11.4 s
157 km/h
18.0 l/100km
10.4 l/100km
13.2 l/100km
307 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1210 kg
19.0 s
137 km/h
11.4 l/100km
9.0 l/100km
10.6 l/100km
282 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
1785 kg
11.4 s
157 km/h
17.4 l/100km
11.8 l/100km
13.8 l/100km
322 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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l/100km
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Expenses

3300 EUR
Price from
1800 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the suv segment and utilize the same 3-door suv body style and the 4 x 4 wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Mercedes Benz-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 150hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 82hp engine designed by Lada.

Safety

Unfortunatelly, neither of the two vehicles was submitted to the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) testing. This makes it virtually impossible for me to pick one over the other and I'm generally against buying such cars as the safety should really always come first. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the suv segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the Korean car offers a potentially life-saving difference of 46% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Lada does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of SSangYong with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the Lada badge with 4.3 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Korando as average reliability-wise, and Niva is more or less at the same level.That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the Korean car rank it on average as 4.5, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

SSangYong is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 7.6 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 157 kilometers per hour, 20km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy an obvious choice would be the Russian car, averaging around 10.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (27 mpg), in combined cycle. That's 25% difference compared to the Korean car!


Verdict

Lada appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the Korean car offers much better overall protection, which launches it ahead of the other contender. It all continues in the same direction, with SSangYong outracing its opponent in any situation possible, making it better choice for boy racers. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... At the end, as much as I'd like to give you a winner here, it's simply a pure tie if you ask me. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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