Test: SsangYong Korando and LPG – the golden mean?  It seems yes, if not for one big “but”.

Test: SsangYong Korando and LPG – the golden mean? It seems yes, if not for one big “but”.


FILIP BULIŃSKI • photo: Maciej Rowiński • Two months ago • 2 comments

Installing LPG in a new car seems like a tempting proposition. Especially today, when the price of oil increased. In the case of SsangYong Korando, it is enough to pay an additional 5.9 thousand. zlotys. However, during the test, it turned out that the savings are less than I expected.

SsangYong Korando LPG (2022)

SsangYong Korando LPG (2022) (photo by Maciej Rowiński)

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The fact that SsangYong comes out of the hole and stops being a brand shrouded in mystery has been talked about for years. However, you must admit that his appearance has increased slightly. Although it is far from the top places in the list of the most bought cars in Poland, it has recently shone with the fact that the waiting time for cars is much shorter than other cars. And except that also try at a good price.

In the current reality, not all 90 thousand PLN for a small SUV with a large luggage compartment with a capacity of 551 l. it’s an interesting proposition. Even for Karoq with 110 HP 3-cylinder 1.0 TSI it is necessary today to spend about 107 thousand. zlotys. In Korean, for this amount we will not only get a 163-hp engine, but also already very good equipmentwith, among others, a rearview camera, dual-zone air conditioning or cruise control.

SsangYong Korando LPG (2022)

Of course, there is also another side of this coin, for example in the form of internal affairs giving way to competition. Over the years, the cockpit of the Korean car has made a lot of progress, of course, but it has its ears. We will still meet here a sea of ​​black plastic or pseudochromes that are produced from just lookingand in places the quality of the collection can be of a high standard. However, the ergonomics of operation are very good and it is difficult to fault it.

It is different from the engine. First The 1.5 T-GDI produces 163 hp and 280 Nm, which in a car weighing less than 1500 kg sounds promising. The actual dynamics, however, leave much to be desired, and the unit burns for maximum refinement. However, the main problem is combustion.

Already during the recent Tivoli test with the same unit, I noticed that the engine was very hungry for oil. 9 l / 100 km in the city and half a liter more on the road are values ​​that are not very attractive today. And then SsangYong comes in white and provides LPG installation to customer. Meaning of gold? Well, not really.

Not as frugal as they draw it

Initially, a few things need to be clarified & hairsp; –   The LPG kit offered by the Korean brand is not a factory kit. This is an installation made by EuropeGAS, which has been installed at an authorized SsangYonga service centre. Most importantly, buy for 5.9 thousand PLN does not include a 5-year warranty. The cylinder is mounted on the spare wheel under the boot floor and has a usable capacity of 40 liters.

The bottle was placed in place of the spare wheel

However, the operation of the installation is not the basis for the exclusive use of gas. Since the engine has direct fuel injection, we are dealing here with extra fuel injection. Its contribution depends on several factors, including engine load. The treatment was used to, among other things, cool the injectors, extend the life of the device and protect it from the non-invasive influence of LPG.

However, I have some serious reservations about how the installation works. The first is about a gas level indicator that takes on a life of its own. Depending on his mood, he could indicate a ¾ tank, then go down to the reservoir, and after several kilometers, indicate a half tank. In addition, the installation automatically switched to gasoline after driving about 200-230 km, claiming that the tank is empty.

The gas switch is on the left side of the steering wheel

At the same time, this was almost half full. At least that’s what the distributor showed, because I was able to fill 23 liters, while the usable part of the tank is about 40 liters.
The next time the system said it was out of gas and switched to gasoline, I forced the installation to work with the switch and… I covered another gas 160–180 km.

But let’s move on to the combustion itself. As I said, the installation uses an additional gasoline injection, which unfortunately does Korando is not as economical as you might expect. On gasoline alone, the engine consumes about 9 l / 100 km in the city, about 10 on the highway and about 6.6 l / 100 km on the local route. In the case of gas, you usually need to add about 15-20 percent.

The interior looks good, but the good view is spoiled by the black piano, which you can see every dust.

For practice, I needed to cover a route of 900 kilometers from Warsaw to the coast and back about 86 liters of gas and 17 liters of petrolwhich gives the rate of consumption 9.5 l / 100 km of gas and approximately 1.9 l / 100 km of gasoline. So let’s do the math. The trip mentioned above cost PLN 408.5 (petrol and gas prices taken on April 23, 2022). If I were to run it only on gas with a consumption of 7.9 l / 100 km (according to time measurements on the road), I would spend PLN 458.6. After conversion, for a distance of 1000 km, we save only PLN 55.

Today, the difference will be even greater. Assuming gasoline and LPG prices as of June 13, 2022, a trip “on gas” would cost PLN 438.4 (approx. PLN 48 per 100 km), driving on gasoline only, I would spend PLN 560.26 (approx. PLN 62). per 100 km). For 1000 km, it already saves about PLN 135. As you can see, these are not the differences that we are used to driving on LPG, although it must be admitted that the rise in fuel prices gives reasons to consider it. By accepting today’s amount to the supplier, the installation cost would be refunded to us only after about 40 thousand. e.g. Of course, these calculations will depend on the driving style and the drop in prices at the stations.

So is it worth it?

Here, everyone should do the check on their own, or the distance they cover will make it worthwhile. A tested variant of Korando is the Quartz version which starts from 107 thousand zlotys. If we add the 5.9 thousand mentioned above. PLN for LPG installation, we will get a good driving, roomy and comfortable SUV, which with that competition, we would have to add another 20,000. zlotys.

In the case of the test sample, on board were, among others, automatic transmission (PLN 8,000), four-wheel drive (PLN 9,000), 10.25-inch digital clock screen, LED lights or adaptive cruise control. Finally, the price of this car stood at 135.4 thousand. zlotys. Given that retrofitted B-section ferries often cost less, I would still consider this amount to be fine.

SsangYong Korando LPG (2022)
Filip Buliński

At first glance, Korando with LPG looks like the opportunity of a lifetime. A large, good-looking and well-equipped SUV with LPG installation in the amount that competitors are starting to come out with, offering basic units and little extras. Unfortunately, if we examine the costs, it turns out that the ssangyong does not run for half free, which makes its negotiation chip inactive.

Overall rating6from 10

Advantages:

  • Good equipment as always
  • Low price
  • Buying an LPG installation does not void the warranty
  • The engine does not lose dynamics after changing the gas …

Cons:

  • … But it does not sin in practice
  • High fuel consumption
  • Running a car using gas through extra fuel injection is not as economical as you might expect
  • The quality of the materials used inside