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Model
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1997. - 2007.
J - SUV
suv, 3 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1998. - 2002.
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
4382 mm
1805 mm
1757 mm
311 liters
1194 liters
59 liters
1997 SSangYong Korando Soft Top
1998 Land Rover Freelander Hardback

Engine

Mercedes Benz
2.9 OM662
Diesel
5 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2874 cc
120 hp
256 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1951 cc
116 hp
260 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1805 kg
16.9 s
156 km/h
11.4 l/100km
6.5 l/100km
8.3 l/100km
220 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1555 kg
14.4 s
164 km/h
9.1 l/100km
6.7 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
205 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 4 gears
1825 kg
16.9 s
156 km/h
13.8 l/100km
8.8 l/100km
10.5 l/100km
290 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 5 gears
1555 kg
15.3 s
161 km/h
11.2 l/100km
7.1 l/100km
8.6 l/100km
240 g/km

Expenses

3300 EUR
Price from
1700 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 diesel engine choice they offer. The first one has a Mercedes Benz-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 5-cylinder, 10-valves 120hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 116hp engine designed by BMW.

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, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the Korean car offers a considerable difference of 16% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that SSangYong does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of SSangYong with an average rating of 4.4, and models under the Land Rover badge with 3.8 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Korando as average reliability-wise, and Freelander is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the Korean car rank it on average as 4.6, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.1 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Land Rover is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.5 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 164 kilometers per hour, 8km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the British car, averaging around 7.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (37 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 9% difference compared to the Korean car.


Verdict

SSangYong 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 significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. From there things take a different direction, with Land Rover being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! I believe that, when we take all into account, we have only one winner here - the Land Rover. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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