White? Nope. Red? No thank you. Full camouflage? Sir, yes sir!
SsangYong is certainly brave. Naming your special edition model after the 115-mile long piece of no man’s land between North and South Korean is a mind-boggling decision, especially for a Korean firm, but even the manufacturer themselves admit that the Korando Sports DMZ is just a bit of fun.
The pick up itself is a serious matter, though. We like the Korando Sports, and this is more of the same. Car-like multi-link rear suspension means that it rides well enough to use as family transport.
A large load bed will take a full size Euro pallet and one tonne of stuff, with a load deck liner and anchor points fitted to keep things safe and secure. There’s also on-demand four-wheel drive, ensuring it’s suitable as a proper commercial vehicle.
Power in all models, from the entry-level S at £17,995 to this £23,035 special edition, comes from a 2.0-litre diesel engine with 153bhp and 360Nm of torque, promising economy of 37.7mpg.
All models come with air-conditioning, electric windows, Bluetooth connectivity and a full-size spare wheel. The DMZ edition, based on the top-spec EX, adds heated, electric leather seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear-parking sensors, roof rails and that paint job.
It also comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, as all SsangYong’s do, offering peace of mind to buyers.
The DMZ might not be the first choice for a family motor, but the self-employed who need the practicality and tax benefits on offer, or those that need to hide in the forest, might want to take a look.
Outside of the DMZ and its military-chic paint job, the Korando Sports remains a good value, well equipped and thoroughly sensible pick up.
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