THE new 2013 Korean Ssangyong Stavic comes with a lot of surprises. Its ease of handling alone will be a revelation to owners, and the $29,990 drive-away price for a diesel auto people-mover will be an unexpected surprise even to the competition.
The new Stavic is a well-engineered and cleverly arranged seven-seater that takes much of the hassle out of family road trips, be they to the local shop, to the beach, or a tour in the countryside. Big side doors make short work of getting all seven passengers in and out with room to spare.
At the heart of the Stavic is a powerful yet efficient two-litre turbo diesel engine that delivers 114kW of power and a whopping 360Nm of torque. Couple that to a five-speed automatic transmission and you have smooth, flexible power delivery that makes driving a breeze.
This impressive Ssangyong diesel engine returns combined city/highway fuel consumption of 7.8 litres per 100 kilometres while complying with the latest Euro 5 emission regulations, making it kind to your wallet and the environment.
Road safety is a paramount concern for families, so safety is engineered into the Stavic from the ground up. Double wishbone front suspension combined with a multi-link rear end and rear wheel drive gives the Stavic easy and predictable handling, along with excellent chassis dynamics and comfort for a vehicle in its class. The Stavic further has a full suite of safety features including electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, active roll over protection, front and side airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners and child seat anchorage points.
Comfort for both driver and passengers is also important, and again the new Stavic has much to offer with features such as dual zone air conditioning, power steering, cruise control, power windows, alloy wheels (with a full sized spare), heated side mirrors, automatic headlights, CD/MP3 player, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and the list just goes on and on.
Seating in the Stavic is both comfortable and flexible for all seven passengers. Ergonomically designed seats trimmed with hard-wearing and easily cleaned woven cloth have a range of adjustments to help them suit everyone. The rear row of seats can be easily removed in minutes should fewer passengers need to carry more luggage for a particular trip. Putting the seats back in is just as simple.
Everyone wants peace of mind with their family car, to be confident in the safety, reliability and value it offers.
The new 2013 Stavic is a class leader in terms of value at $29,990 drive-away. That is up to $9000 less than comparable vehicles of similar specifications. For those wanting that little bit more, the Stavic also comes in a Luxury version. Over and above the base model, this includes seven leather seats, electric driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, roof racks, a head lamp levelling device, and rear fog lamp.
The Stavic is covered by a three-year/ 100,000km warranty. It also has a three-year 24/7 roadside assistance program and is supported by a national network of Ssangyong dealers.
All that adds up to genuine peace of mind for a safe, well equipped seven seater at a price that won’t be beaten.