In the bin

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are four tie-down points but a pay­load of 754kg isn’t great.

SAFETY

If you’re think­ing this is all start­ing to sound too good to be true, you’re right.

The Ac­tyon Sports gets a sub-stan­dard three-star ANCAP crash safety rat­ing. And that’s re­ally not good enough— in­deed Cars­guide does not rec­om­mend any­thing with fewer than four stars.

Ford (Ranger), Mazda (BT50) and Volk­swa­gen (Amarok) show that a ute is ca­pa­ble of a five-star rat­ing.

De­spite the poor rat­ing, the Ac­tyon Sports Ute gets the usual com­ple­ment of ac­tive and pas­sive safety fea­tures, among them ESP, ABS with elec­tronic brake­force dis­tri­bu­tion, trac­tion con­trol, hill-start as­sist and two airbags.

DRIV­ING

The Ranger and Amarok, the ac­cepted bench­marks in this seg­ment, are in no dan­ger from the Ssangyong.

The diesel has plenty of grunt and the six-speed auto does a rea­son­able job of di­rect­ing the oomph. But the steer­ing is en­tirely free of feel­ing, the ride is jig­gly and the seat­ing po­si­tion is a nightmare. No mat­ter how we ad­justed the front seat we just couldn’t stop the sen­sa­tion of con­stantly slid­ing for­ward.

In the bush we found the Ac­tyon pretty ca­pa­ble, though let down by its limited ground clear­ance at the front (188mm — a Subaru XV gets 220mm) and quite a few of its vi­tals hang down just wait­ing to be knocked off by rocks.

But whether on graded dirt or su­per-smooth bi­tu­men, there was no shak­ing the feel­ing that this ute lacks tor­sional rigid­ity. It felt like a mal­func­tion­ing mas­sage chair. Not good.

VER­DICT

Dear Ssangyong— you’ve tweaked the look and loaded it with kit but it’s still not very safe and it’s not all that great to drive ei­ther. 3 years/100,000km

57 per cent

12 months/15,000km

3 stars 2.0L 4-cyl turbo diesel, 104kw/310nm

6-speed auto

7.9L/100km, 201g/km CO 5m(l), 1.9m (W), 1.8m (H)

2035kg Full-size

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