Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good The Actyon arrived Down Under in March 2007. The big 18 inch alloy wheels help give this Ssangyong a positive stance in traffic and the integrated front fog lamps are a neat design touch.
Not so good The kerb weight of almost 1,900kg is a good 400kg more than a number of competitors! Blame the old school ladder frame chassis which ensures good off-road ability but less so on-road. The ‘gravel’ only, part time four wheel drive system is generations behind newer and more sophisticated, constant all wheel drive systems.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good The interior quality appears good. The standard leather bound steering wheel (with audio controls) adjusts for tilt (up and down) but not reach (in and out) and the driver’s seat features height adjustment. Head and legroom is adequate front and rear, however only as long as you don’t try to fit three adults in the second row. The second row bench split folds (in a 60/40 configuration) flat to increase the cargo area when carrying long loads or a mountain bike. A 12 volt outlet is in both the front row and in the rear cargo zone and as well as the usual storage areas (door pockets, bins, centre console and glovebox), the Actyon features a storage compartment under the boot floor.
Not so good The base grade makes do with old-school manual air-conditioning; the second row centre seat is only friendly for a small child and the exterior design (a sloping rear roofline into the hatch) combined with the tall cargo floor (thanks to the old school ladder frame chassis) EQUALS little cargo space and makes it difficult to load items in the rear.
Performance

Performance

Good The 4 cylinder 2.0L turbo diesel engine generates 104kW of power and 310Nm of torque. Considering the hefty kerb weight, fuel economy is a respectable 7.8L per 100kms for the five speed manual and 8.5L per 100kms for the four speed automatic (both official combined average figures).
Not so good On road the engine often feels slow to respond from low speeds – we put it down to the turbo slowing kicking in. The four speed automatic gearbox is at least a step behind newer and more advanced five and six speed boxes from a number of competitors.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good The Actyon rides quietly and on smooth surfaces (and when driven sensibly) it stays relatively refined.
Not so good The part-time 4WD system (with shift on-the-fly capabilities) drives the rear wheels all of the time however a button on the dash engages the front wheels as necessary. Whilst this system works off road, on the bitumen it is less impressive. The rear suspension is a truck like, rigid axle with coil springs, so no surprise that it often feels more truck than car like to drive. On road body-roll is excessive and over rougher road surfaces the Actyon loses composure - not surprisingly it feels well behind the class best.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Standard safety features include Anti-lock brakes, driver and front passenger airbags and reverse parking sensors. SPR grade also adds leather seats (heated and with electric adjustment for the front pews), climate control air-conditioning, electric folding side mirrors and automatic headlights and wipers.
Not so good Cruise control is only available with the Automatic transmission and unfortunately only the more expensive SPR grade gets important safety features such as Electronic stability control and side curtain airbags as standard. If you’re unlikely to frequently undertake serious off-road driving, we’d recommend at the very least you test drive the competition.