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wheel, leather seats, 18-inch al­loy wheels, rear park­ing sen­sors, heated front seats, tray liner and much more.

Load­ing up a ve­hi­cle used to be a Ja­panese tac­tic and still is in the small car seg­ment. But where dual-cabs are con­cerned, they own the mar­ket and have started charg­ing what they like.

This Ssangyong shows that the stuff you nor­mally pay more for doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily have to cost more.

TECH­NOL­OGY

All Ac­tyons gets this 2.0-litre four-cylin­der turbo diesel, which pro­duces 114kw/310nm. There are plenty of utes with more grunt but the Ac­tyon is never left want­ing. In the SPR this is mated to a six-speed only. Fuel con­sump­tion is a rea­son­able 7.9L/100km.

The Ac­tyon’s shift-on-the­fly, part-time four-wheel drive sys­tem with high and low range is foolproof. It doesn’t al­ways en­gage first time yet it en­dows the SPR with im­pres­sive trac­tion in the rough stuff.

DE­SIGN

The en­gine is new for the Ac­tyon Sports Ute (it’s from the Ko­rando SUV) and so’s the nose but not much else has changed. That said, it now looks less like some­thing dredged up from the bot­tom of the ocean. From the rear three­quar­ters, though, it’s still far from easy on the eye.

There’s no get­ting away from the amount of kit that’s been stuffed in­side. But the lo­ca­tion of some switches, such as seat heaters, should have been given more thought— dur­ing our time with the car we kept bump­ing them on and off with the left knee.

There’s de­cent room in the front and rear seats and vi­sion all-around is ac­cept­able. The tray is rea­son­ably pro­por­tioned and the SPR’S stan­dard-fit tray liner is a nice ad­di­tion. There

Kit and ca­boo­dle: Loads of stuff comes stan­dard, the pay­load is 754kg but the safety rat­ing is three stars

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