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SsangYong Stavic

Broadcast dates : 19th June 2005
25th June 2005

Loads of space, in fact, and plenty of chill-out options. The cavernous interior of the Stavic offers opportunities for a picnic lunch or a mobile business conference Ė not unlike an aircraft.

And the driverís compartment too serves up a nice recipe of comfort, ease of operation and good-quality trim.

The front view looks a little like an "Unhappy Grin". Like all SsangYongs thereís a Mercedes-esque shape to the grille, but those headlights look a little, wellÖ perplexed!

The high roof-line gives the SsangYong an impression of immense bulk, but as the interior has revealed, thereís a practical reason for that.

The rear end looks like a sort of giant coupe with a canopy grafted on.

The styling has merged many themes in the Stavic, into a not altogether harmonious whole. 
With a 121 kiloWatts from its Mercedes-Benz five-cylinder, common-rail-diesel engine, the massive Stavic wonít require too much in the way of aerodynamic downforce.

But coupled to a smooth five-speed autobox, the Stavic doesnít lack for urge, in an urban-cruiser sort of manner.

It also has well-mannered handling, indicating SsangYong engineering is on the up-and-up. It has double wishbones and coils up front and five-link rear-end suspension.

Overall dynamic ability is pleasing without blowing your ears back.

Despite its size, itís also relatively easy to thread through narrow urban streets, making it ideal as a Momís taxi.

Fuel consumption is claimed at just under 11 litres per hundred. Thatís excellent for a seven-seater weighing well over two tons, and commendably, the brakes are up to the task.

The steering has more accuracy than some of the 4X4 offerings from SsangYong, and the commanding driving position makes for a relaxed drive over long journeys.

High-speed stability is good for a large MPV, this seven-seater employing rear-wheel-drive and reasonably wide 215- 65 by 16 tyres.
  • SssangYong Stavic SV270
  • Engine: Five-cylinder turbodiesel 2 696 cc
  • Power: 121 kW @ 4 000 rpm
  • Torque: 340 Nm @ 2 400 rpm
  • Transmission: Five-speed automatic, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 13,25 seconds
  • Top speed: 185 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 10,6 litres/100 km (Car Magazine figures)
  • Price: R299 900

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