SsangYong Actyon car review

SsangYong Actyon car review


First impressions of the new SsangYong Actyon sports are that the current design really lifts the look. It has the attitude of a 4x4 that will get the job done, but is still easy on the eye and quite stylish.

Jump into the driver’s seat and there’s all the latest kit you’d expect and more for a vehicle that’s currently retailing for $37,990 at Auckland SsangYong! It’s quite simply a lot of value for money and we were impressed with how it performed. Here’s our overview.


Functional and a rather pragmatic approach to styling but very fitting for the model and for the type of work it will be doing. It comes complete with all the tech fruit you’ll find in more expensive 4x4’s including bluetooth, aircon, plenty of handy buttons on the sterring wheel and the imitation leather upholstery is both practical and comfortable. The Actyon is isofix compatible for child seats making it practical for family use. Other features include manual headlight levelling, integrated fog lamps, heated seats, cruise control, central locking including the tailgate. 

Engine and driving

Built on a very sturdy ladder chassis the Actyon Sports 2.0 4 cylinder diesel is coupled to the E-tronic Mercedes-Benz 5-speed automatic transmission and is a great drive. You get the impression there’s been a real synergy between the German precision and the South Korean innovation and technology. The result is a vehicle that’s comfortable in a wide range of Situations. It’s tidy to look at and comfortable round town and perfectly at home on towing the boat or toughing it out in some good old rough and tumble off-road.

The automatic transmission features a handy manual driving switch on the gearshift knob and the steering wheel for those occasions when you know better that the auto. It’s easy to engage the L4 and H4 options. Probably the only thing that would be good to see would be a full-time AWD option, but having said that the demo car stuck to the road like glue even when pushed reasonably hard.

The drive experience is good with better comfort than most of the competition thanks to the double wishbone suspension for the front wheels and 5-link coil suspension for the back wheels. The rear axle is located by a multi-link system and the tray load is rated at 600kg - it feels like it would do that easily.


The 2.0 4 cylinder diesel outputs 114kw and 360Nm of torque and matched with the 5 speed auto it pulled the 6.2m Lasercraft and a bit of kit effortlessly. The 1700kg rig was steady on the road and even up and over the Kopu and Tairua hill the Actyon handled the task with ease. It’s a strong, healthy engine, the performance is strong and a real plus is that it’s very economical as well. A rather nice combo for towing and is rated to pull up to 2.5tonnes braked.


Definitely worth a test drive if you’re in the market for a 4x4 as the Actyon has been exceptionally well designed - Build Quality + Great Pricing = Bang for Buck on this 4x4.


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