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1997. - 2007.
J - SUV
suv, 3 door
4 x 4
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Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2000. - 2012.
J - SUV
suv, 3 door
4 x 4

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Dimensons & Outlines

4330 mm
1841 mm
1840 mm
350 liters
1200 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4257 mm
1760 mm
1931 mm
238 liters
1580 liters
96 liters
1997 SSangYong Korando Soft Top
2000 Mercedes Benz G Cabriolet

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
Mercedes Benz
3.0 OM642 DE30 LA LP
Diesel
6 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2987 cc
211 hp
540 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
 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
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 - 7 gears
2160 kg
9.1 s
175 km/h
l/100km
l/100km
11.3 l/100km
299 g/km

Expenses

3300 EUR
Price from
35000 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. Both the engines are Mercedes Benz-engineered . The first one has a 5-cylinder, 10-valves 120hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 211hp one.

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. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. 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. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the German car offers a considerable difference of 20% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, at least on all of the models level. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of SSangYong, as well as Mercedes Benz, with the same average rating of 4.4 out of 5. Unfortunatelly, I don't have enough insight that would allow me to comment in more details on the specific models level. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the Korean car rank it on average as 4.6, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Mercedes Benz is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 7.8 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 175 kilometers per hour, 19km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy an obvious choice would be the Korean car, averaging around 8.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (34 mpg), in combined cycle. That's 36% difference compared to the German 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 German car offers significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. It all continues in the same direction, with Mercedes Benz 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... No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the SSangYong. 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. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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