New Rodius Gets a Little Less Ugly


SsangYong's second-gen Rodius seven-passenger van is a few steps lower on the ugly scale from its predecessor.

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well, it's also relative. Take the SsangYong Rodius for example. Sure, the new one is still one of the least attractive vehicles on the road, but the one it replaces is even worse. Debuting at the Geneva show alongside the SIV-1 concept, the updated Rodius still offers more space for less cash than just about anything else short of a used cargo van. The Korean automaker says invested some $165 million to improve its ride quality and comfort levels, too.

With its large wheelbase and three rows of seats, the Rodius can carry seven adults and plenty of luggage. The second row also folds flat which can then be used as tables and the third-row can be removed entirely. Passengers are treated to interior comforts such as leather seating with heated front seats, heated windscreen and an air-quality control system. Also available are Bluetooth connectivity and an MP3 CD and RDS radio with a USB and auxiliary port. Power comes in the form of a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine that produces 155 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. It's mated to either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic sourced from Mercedes-Benz.

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