|SSANG YONG RODIUS Korean minivan made its debut in December 2004, in the fall of 2005 appeared in Russia. The design used licensed components and assemblies of Mercedes. Available in rear and all-wheel drive versions. Engines: 3.2 liter gasoline (220 hp), 2.7 liter diesel (165 hp). Transmissions: 5-speed, mechanical or automatic. Options: seven options. Price in Russia: $ 35, 990–41, 990. Test car: 2, 7Xdi, 165 hp, “automatic”, rear-wheel drive, $ 37, 990.|
About the appearance of "Rodius" they say … different. For me - not the height of grace, but from the inside it is not visible! But what size …
Colleagues who studied the car in the parking lot showed awareness: “Do you know that the second-row seats slide on the rails and turn?”, “Do the rear seats fold, change the angle and move back and forth?” Thanks, I know. Assessing the interior, I already noticed that the passage to the last row of such a large car could be more comfortable. Today, even with more compact vans, you will often find sliding rear doors, but wider than these. I also wanted the last seat of the Rodius to be folded in and out in parts, otherwise you would eliminate the third row and only four seats would remain. In general, the interior is moderately comfortable, there are a lot of transformation options … but it could be better.
Warm or cool air comes to the rear of the body from two deflectors on the floor (behind the front seats) and four on the ceiling. Both the driver and the passenger sitting immediately behind him are entrusted with controlling the power of the flows - both have handles, the driver’s is more important. In addition, in the middle row, you can fasten one of two belts - a belt attached to the chair, or three-point, hanging on the rack. The latter method, although more reliable, is not applicable when turning the chair, but here such an opportunity is provided.
Perhaps enough about the rear seats, it's time for the driver. Wow, how high it is …
There are many adjustments: two at the driver's seat cushion, two at the back (tilt angle and support), and even the steering wheel up and down. The range seems to be slightly biased to suit people of small stature, but getting out of the car without getting dirty trousers, on the contrary, is easier to tall.
There are many pockets and niches - in the doors, in the armrest. Under the already mentioned high seat, too, something will come in, if necessary. However, with such a healthy trunk, the nooks of the cabin are unlikely to be often full.
For some reason, the rams for controlling the fans of the front and rear parts of the cabin, located on the front panel not far from each other, have different indications. And reducing the speed of the front to the touch, I accidentally turned off the fan. It was impossible to click on a complete shutdown?
In a word, in the front of the passenger compartment it’s like behind: as if everything was provided, but it could be better.
A slight jerking of the body, and a 2.7 liter Mercedes diesel woke up under the hood. Although it is small in volume, it provides dynamics to a hefty car like in the case of a 1.5-liter C-class passenger car: it starts well, and confidently overtakes. True, with intensive acceleration, the engine is heard well in the cabin - on mid-range cars today you will find better sound insulation.
The brake pedal is quite informative, steering without excessive sharpness, to match the car, dynamic capabilities are enough.
At a reasonable speed, the car copes well with the waves, although it is sensitive to potholes - their suspension swallows without hunting. The feeling is close to what you experience in the "SUVs" of the middle class. But this is more a feature than a disadvantage. But in general … my friend is not fussy and for most of the comments made here, probably, will give up. What else would he like?
I think he would have been pleased with the work of the “automatic machine” - the gears shift smoothly, with almost no delay. There is even a manual mode - you can have fun. Visibility and a sense of overall size are quite acceptable. The only gripe is the rear view camera. The fact that she is, of course, is good. But the TV only shows the distance to the obstacle from behind, essentially duplicating parking sensors. But it is not possible to understand where the corners of the body will go when reversing maneuvers in reverse.
On the market, Rodius appears in a rather narrow, if not empty, niche: more than a minivan, less than a minibus. But while there are (and thank God!) Such as my friend, spacious cars will always be watched.
SSANG YONG Rodius - A CAR FOR TRAVELING BY A BIG FAMILY. NOT DELIVERED IN DETAILS, BUT WELL EQUIPPED.
+ Large capacity, rich equipment, good dynamics and economy.
- Errors in ergonomics, continuous rear seat, rear view camera does not see car corners, road bumps are transmitted to the body.
FOR THE SAME MONEY: Mitsubishi Grandis $ 30, 790–36, 750 A little more compact than the Rodius and its cramped, especially in the last row. True, there are not three, but only two separate armchairs. (ZR, 2005, No. 7)
FOR THE SAME MONEY: Chrysler Grand Voyager $ 38, 900–46, 500 Perhaps the closest rival to Rodius. Like the "Korean", it is offered with a diesel engine, and the gasoline version can be all-wheel drive. (ZR, 2003, No. 6)