Ssangyong launched its much improved new Actyon Sports Ute in March 2012. With improved styling, engine and transmission and features the new Actyon Sports Ute is available in three derivatives – the entry-level Tradie, mid-range SX and top of the range SPR.
The Tradie and SX models are available in 2WD or 4WD versions with a choice of the new 6-speed manual transmission or the redesigned 6-speed automatic transmission. The SPR is available as a 4WD automatic only. Prices start from around $27,000 to $40,000 odd RDAP
Inside the cabin, the drivers eat has restricted leg room for tall drivers but a comfortable driving position can be found. The redesigned dashboard panel features a new instrument cluster with LED lighting and trip computer to measure time driven, distance to empty, average fuel consumption and distance travelled. Noise Vibration Technology (NVT) makes the cabin of the vehicle considerably quieter.
Other items include: air conditioning, power steering, remote keyless entry, USB and AUX port, multifunction trip computer, power windows including a one-touch anti-trap safety feature on the driver’s side, electronically heated side mirrors and front windscreen, variable speed intermittent wipers, one-touch windscreen wash function, CD/MP3 player with four speakers, audio switches on steering wheel, sunglasses holder, drink holder, floor mats, door scuff plate, power outlets; and for the tray, a liner to protect the vehicle as well as onboard cargo.
Alloy wheels, cruise control, leather bound steering wheel, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) are standard on SX and SPR models.
The SPR model comes with a host of equipment designed for the driver and the family. These include: leather seating throughout, climate control, rear park assist sensors, stylish 18 inch alloys, electronically adjustable front seats, folding side mirrors, electronic dimming rear-view mirror, auto wipers and auto headlights, and headlamp levelling device.
A new addition to the SPR is the option of a factory fitted electronic sunroof.
Fuel economy and emissions have improved across the range. The 2WD Tradie and SX models offer 7.3L/100km combined city/highway driving for the manual with only 192g/km emissions, while the 4WD manual option for the Tradie and Sports sips 7.4L/100km with 195g/km emissions.
The all-new, more powerful 2.0-Litre e-XDi200 Active Diesel engine has a wide torque band with maximum torque available between 1,500 – 2,800rpm, making it suitable for towing, even though it has tow rating of only 2300kg, which it tows with ease.
Off road and on the sand the Actyon Sports Ute performs pretty good, especially on sand. It can become a little unsettled on corrugated roads but relished the off road driving on the whole.
The Ssangyong Actyon Ute is a huge improvement over the previous model and the more you drive it the more you like it. It’s actually well liked here at OzRoamer as a robust honest ute that will provide reliable service without the fanfare and price tag of some of its competitors. The pick is definitely the SPR for recreational use but the Tradie variant should find a heap of buyers as well.
What is Good
• Easy to live with
• Value for money
What is Not so Good
• Stupid clock
• Snug inside
• low tow rating
Model SsangYong Actyon Sports SPR
Model Price $40,109 RDAP
Engine 2.0L DTR 4 Cyl
Drivetrain 6sp Auto Part Time 4X4
Power 114 Kw @ 3,400 rpm
Torque 360 Nm @ 1,500 rpm
Safety N/A Star ANCAP
CO2 Emissions g/km 201
Green Vehicle Rating 2 1/2 Star
Fuel (ADR comb) 7.6 L/100Km
Tow Capacity – Max 2300 kg
Tow Ball Rating 230 kg
Warranty 3yr/ 100,000 km Roadside assist
Overall OzRoamer Rating 66/100
Behind the Wheel 6
Ride & Handling 7
Fit for Purpose 7
Towing Ability 6
Off Road Ability 7
Value for Money 8