SsangYong Stavic Review

Who can forget the first rendition of the SsangYong Stavic? Widely renowned as one of the ugliest cars on the road but with Mercedes Benz inner workings that gave an end result that exuded beauty found within.

However, many would say that the second rendition is somewhat of an opposite, having seen vast improvement on its aesthetic nature. It is now far easier on the eye and looks to be far more compact than its predecessor.

In fact it looks almost unrecognizable to the earlier model with its looks following the lines of its cousin, the SsangYong Actyon ute.

The Inside

They have not just concentrated on improving the outside either, as the inside has been made neater and tidier. The whole layout has been designed to be far easier to use and everything is in a logical and efficient place.

The Price

What the SsangYong achieves is to undercut all of its rivals in price, especially considering that you get a seven seater vehicle, powered by a five speed 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine for just under $30,000. This is topped off with plenty of equipment and results in an end product that costs far less than similar vehicles from other manufacturers.

The Hyundai iMax for example, will cost you $10,000 more whilst the Toyota Tarago is almost $20,000 more than the standard price for the Stavic.

Built For Purpose

The Stavic certainly does not set the world on fire when it comes to style of technology but simply does what it says on the tin and serves its purpose sufficiently.

All four doors provide easy access, are able to be opened wide and are situated low off the floor. There is ample space in the seating areas and the seats themselves are generous in size. There is a third row that consists of a removable bench seat which can provide additional space when needed.

Power Unit

The Actyon is powered by a 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine that can move the heavy two tone Stavic easily enough, even when it is full of passengers. There are certainly no issues with the performance of the Stavic and it offers economy of 7.8 litres for 100km.

The ride quality is sufficient without being much to write home about, yet for the money it is perfectly suitable.


You would be forgiven for thinking that for the price of the SsangYong Stavic, there are not going to be many features, yet you would be surprised at just what is on offer. It has climate control, cruise control, electric windows, keyless entry and bluetooth connectivity.  

These features are complimented by a good selection of storage compartments and safety features such as active roller protection, airbags and stability control.


If you are looking for a budget vehicle for the whole family, the Stavic will provide you everything that you are looking for. It might not have the style and finesse of some of its competitors but this no thrill option will certainly save you in the pocket.