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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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1998. - 2002.
J - SUV
suv, 3 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1997. - 2007.
J - SUV
suv, 3 door
4 x 4

Dimensons & Outlines

4382 mm
1805 mm
1757 mm
311 liters
1194 liters
59 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4330 mm
1841 mm
1840 mm
350 liters
1200 liters
70 liters
1998 Land Rover Freelander Hardback
1997 SSangYong Korando

Engine

Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1951 cc
116 hp
260 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Mercedes Benz
2.3 OM661
Diesel
4 - Inline, 2 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2299 cc
101 hp
219 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

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
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1760 kg
20.4 s
145 km/h
12.9 l/100km
8.0 l/100km
9.8 l/100km
g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

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
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
1790 kg
19.7 s
145 km/h
11.8 l/100km
8.6 l/100km
9.8 l/100km
g/km

Expenses

1700 EUR
Price from
2100 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 BMW-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 116hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 8-valves 101hp engine designed by Mercedes Benz.

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, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the Korean car offers a considerable difference of 13% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that SSangYong does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Land Rover with an average rating of 4.0, and models under the SSangYong badge with 4.1 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Freelander as average reliability-wise, and Korando is more or less at the same level.That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the British car rank it on average as 4.1, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Land Rover is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 6 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 164 kilometers per hour, 19km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy an obvious choice would be the British car, averaging around 7.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (37 mpg), in combined cycle. That's 29% difference compared to the Korean car!


Verdict

Land Rover 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 outracing its opponent in any situation possible, making it better choice for boy racers. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Land Rover. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. 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 thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.

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