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heycar review

      Launch year
      2012
      Body type
      MPV
      Fuel type
      Diesel
David Ross

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David Ross

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All the space you need

Best bits

  • One of the last huge MPVs with loads of space inside 
  • Very cheap given the level of standard equipment and the sheer amount of car
  • Comes with a seven-year warranty (on newer models) which transfers to future owners

Not so great

  • Ponderous to drive and cumbersome through corners
  • Interior materials feel as cheap as the price would suggest
  • Engines are noisy, unrefined and thirsty

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Overall verdict

"You could easily dismiss the SsangYong Turismo as a dinosaur. It’s a huge five-metre long MPV with all the style and grace of a house brick. This isn’t going to win any beauty contests for sure and expect a blank expression when someone asks what make it is."

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A heavily revamped version of its predecessor - the somehow even more ugly Rodius from 2005 - the Turismo looks and feels dated, both inside and to drive. The engines are coarse and the interior feels cheap. So the question is, what exactly does it have going for it?


Well, there are two things - the sheer space it offers and the fact it’s so cheap. This is a genuine seven-seat people carrier and when we say genuine, we mean that actual real size adults can sit in all seven seats and not feel like they are trapped in a small cupboard.


There is not much else out there that can offer this much space aside from van-based models like the Hyundai i800 or Volkswagen Caravelle. But this is where the Turismo plays its other trump card - price.


List prices for the Turismo are way below the competition with the cheapest models less than £22k and on the used market, our old friend depreciation means you can get a real bargain. Compared to something like a Ford Galaxy, you’ll be getting far more room for a lot less money with the SsangYong.


Of course, there’s a reason it’s so cheap. Inside it feels like a trip back to the late 90s. And like most things from that era, it’s starting to look distinctly old. The interior is practical but it’s hardly cutting edge and the shiny silver plastics and fake chrome trim are decidedly naff. 


There are lots of hard plastics and the aftermarket infotainment system does it few favours either. However, SsangYong has thrown a lot at the Turismo in terms of standard equipment and the top models come with every bell and whistle you’ll need.


The handling is as cumbersome as you’d expect and the ride, although set up for comfort, is unsophisticated meaning potholes thud into the cabin. It’s also noisy, both in terms of engine and wind noise. Refined this ain’t.


The Turismo originally had a 2.0-litre diesel engine which was coarse, noisy and felt lethargic. In 2016 it was replaced by a much-improved 2.2-litre with more power that does a better job of hauling the big Turismo around. 


It’s hardly the last word in refinement, but it’s at least better. This is the one to go for. And avoid the manual and look for an auto. The later seven-speed Mercedes-sourced automatic is the best.


So yes, you can knock the Turismo. It’s clearly way behind the competition and your kids will probably ask you to park around the corner when you drop them at school. But if you’re not fussed about handling prowess or a fancy interior and want the maximum amount of space for the minimum amount of money, the Turismo hits the nail on the head.

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Ssangyong Turismo

2.2 SE 5dr

  • 2017
  • 23,004 miles
  • Too Good To Auction Sarisbury Green
  • Hampshire, SO317EP
Price:£9,220
HP: £250.96/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £250.96, Customer Deposit: £1,383.00, Total Deposit: £1,383.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,197.56, Total Amount Payable: £10,417.56, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.41%

Is the SsangYong Turismo right for you?

If you want the biggest family people carrier for your money, the Turismo ticks a lot of boxes. While it has its flaws and it’s no looker, we can’t argue with the sheer amount of space the SsangYong gives you. And it’s cheap. Extremely cheap when you compare it to something like the Ford Galaxy, which isn’t as big.


The Turismo makes an ideal workhorse as a taxi and as a car for big families. The fact it’s a genuine seven-seater (as in grown-ups can actually use all the seats) makes it rare this side of anything like a Volkswagen Caravelle.


If you’re not bothered about badge status (and can live with the bulky looks) the Turismo is actually something of a hidden gem. It’s hugely spacious inside, while the fact it’s so cheap makes it a bit of a bargain as a used buy.

What's the best SsangYong Turismo model to choose?

The basic Turismo S models are certainly good if you want a proper bargain basement choice but they are few and far between. EX models were the top variant and you’ll find more of these around but it’s the even higher spec ELX which came along in mid-2018 which is the one to go for. 


The ELX comes with everything SsangYong could throw at it such as selectable four-wheel drive, a seven-speed automatic, heated seats plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a reversing camera. Which is handy given how huge this thing is. Whatever model you go for, avoid anything manual and stick to an automatic.


Neither engine is brilliant but the original 2.0-litre diesel was particularly noisy and coarse. Look for the slightly better 2.2-litre introduced in 2016.

What other cars are similar to the SsangYong Turismo?

Big and boxy people carriers are rare these days, so for an equally large alternative you’d have to look at something like the Chrysler Grand Voyager, but that went off sale in 2015 and has an atrocious reliability record. It’s best avoided. 


If it’s space you want, something van-based like the Hyundai i800 will fit the bill and is close on price too. Others like the Ford Tourneo Custom or Volkswagen Caravelle cost considerably more. There are still, of course, conventional MPVs like the SEAT Alhambra and Ford Galaxy, but again, they will cost more for something similar in age. The Turismo has price and space on its side here.

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