The Ssangyong Rodius is an odd looking large MPV that gets poor reviews. Ok, so it can offer a lot of space and 7 seats for a cheap price, but that’s about it. It has no style, lacks safety equipment and has an uncomfortable ride. The Ssangyong Rodius may be one of the cheapest ways of getting 7 seats but the depreciation is scary.
Ssangyong Rodius – Interior
It is a genuinely flexible seven seat car. 7 adults will have plenty of head and leg room and the middle row can even swivel to face the rear chairs to create a lounge like configuration. The seats fold completely flat and the middle row can be removed to turn the Rodius into a big van. Swivelling and removing the middle seats can take effort though.
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Interior quality is below average with cheap and nasty materials all round and even sharp edges on some of the pieces of trim.
Ssangyong Rodius – Driving
Getting comfortable behind the wheel is not too bad thanks to plenty of adjustment in the seats. Visibility is good all round too.
There are many more MPVs out there which are much better to drive at higher speeds. Steering is light when in town but it is slow to respond. Experts said the ride felt like the car had no suspension whatsoever which means you’ll be jolted when the Rodius goes over bumps and potholes.
Ssangyong Rodius – Engine
The Rodius is fitted with a previous generation Mercedes 2.7 turbodiesel which produces 163bhp and 251lb ft of torque. It gets the car from 0-60mph in 14.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 112mph.
Progress is made worse if you chose the five-speed automatic gearbox which spoils performance ever further. The standard manual gearbox has also been reported to be very heavy and imprecise.
It’s not the most economical unit out their either with up to 32.1mpg and a CO2 rating of 223g/km which means road tax and fuel bills will be considerably higher than some of its rivals.
It’s very noisy on the motorway too and there is plenty of clatter at idle. You won’t notice it when going fast anyway as road noise will annoy you instead.
Ssangyong Rodius – Value for money
Reviewers give the car credit for being one of the cheapest ways to get a 7 seat car but really the terrifying depreciation rates will mean you’ll be horrified when it comes to selling it on.
Safety is below par as well as it doesn’t come with side and curtain airbags. The only place you would want your children travelling is in the front where there are a driver and passenger airbag, a serious concern for a car such as this.
Ssangyong Rodius – Conclusion
Only people who really need 7 seats on a low budget should take a look at this car. Otherwise, avoid.