Korean car maker SsangYong plays the value card this time around with the Korando crossover, offering one of the most affordable cars of this class with a new SE trim that starts at just £14,995. That is still two grands more than the better-looking Peugeot 2008, but the Korando SE comes with a lot more bells and whistles.
The standard kit on this car include Electronic stability programme (ESP) with Hill Start Assist, Active Rollover Protection (ARP) and ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). You also get roof rails, tinted glass and rear parking sensors, while inside there are electric windows front and rear, a leather covered steering wheel and gear shift, air conditioning, cruise control and a Kenwood MP3 CD & RDS radio with iPod & Bluetooth, remote audio controls and six speakers.
So it is safe to say that that extra 2 grand buys you a whole lot more than you get with the entry-level 2008. Engine-wise, the Korando is powered by a 2.0 litre four cylinder turbo diesel engine producing 140 horsepower and 360Nm of torque. It has a towing capability of up to two tons.