Ssangyong Rodius – 4×4 7 Seater
The Ssangyong Rodius is a 4×4 7 seater car produced by the South Korean car company Ssangyong (Double Dragons). Ssangyong was established in 1954 and has a long history producing industrial 4x4s. The first consumer multipurpose vehicle (MPV) manufactured by Ssangyong was the Korando in 1988. This was followed by the Musso in 1993, the Rexton in 2001 and the Rodius in 2004.
Ssangyong Rodius – Purchase Price
The Ssangyong Rodius is a relatively economical 7 seater car. The 270 S 5 door version costs £14,995, rising to £19,995 for the 270 EX 5 door.
Ssangyong Rodius – Servicing Costs (MOT)
Fully servicing a Ssangyong Rodius costs £195. A full service and MOT costs £235. An interim service costs £130. An interim service with added MOT costs £165. A MOT with a one year guarantee costs £59. A MOT with a 3 year guarantee costs £119. It is advisable to check these prices before you budget for a car service and/or MOT. Prices can rise over time and change by locality.
Ssangyong Rodius – CO2 Emissions
In terms of CO2 emissions, the Ssangyong Rodius is not a particularly green minded choice of 7 seater car. The 270 S and ES manual models emit 223 g/km; the 270 ES auto model emits 247 g/km and the 270 EX auto model emits 250 g/km. This is at the top range of CO2 car emissions: the lowest and therefore greenest 7 seater cars emit in the range of 100 to 150 g/km.
Ssangyong Rodius – Car Tax Band (VED)
The different Ssangyong Rodius models (S, ES and EX) fall within car tax bands (VED) L and M. These are the two top car tax bands, carrying annual charges of £425 and £435 respectively in the 2010/2011 tax year. The showroom tax, applied in the first year of your car ownership, set by the car tax bands are £750 and £950 respectively.
Ssangyong Rodius – Miles Per Gallon (MPG)
The urban miles per gallon (mpg) cycle of the Ssangyong Rodius ranges from 21.7 to 25.2, depending on the model chosen. The extra-urban cycle ranges from 35.5 to 38.2. The combined cycle ranges from 28.8 to 32.1. The fuel tank holds up to 80 litres.
Ssangyong Rodius – Optional Equipment
The Ssangyong Rodius optional equipment includes Kenwood full touch-screen single CD player, RDS radio with navigation and reverse parking sensors (optional in the 270 S manual model but standard in all the other models). There are a multiple of ways to configure the seats, including being able to swivel the 2nd Row of seats.
Ssangyong Rodius – Safety Features
Standard safety features of the Ssangyong Rodius include ABS with electronic brake distribution (EBD), an electronic stability programme(ESP), door impact beams, fog lights, dual airbags, power assisted steering and speed sensing door locks.
Ssangyong Rodius – Performance
The Ssangyong Rodius achieves 0-62 miles per hour in 14.18 to 15.05 seconds. Its maximum speed is 105 to 108 miles per hour. It has a 5 speed manual transmission; Mercedes Benz 5 speed T-Tronic Automatic for the 270 ES auto and 270 EX auto models.
Ssangyong Rodius – Insurance Group
All of the Ssangyong Rodius models fall within insurance group 12. This is rather surprising considering the size of the vehicle and the emissions being at the top end of the scale.
Ssangyong Rodius – Conclusion
Ssangyong itself compares the Rodius with the Chrysler Grand Voyager, Ford Galaxy and Kia Sedona. Although the Ssangyong Rodius has sometimes been negatively reviewed, it remains a very spacious and affordable 7 Seater