Camouflage Can’t Hide SsangYong Value

White? Nope. Red? No thank you. Full camouflage? Sir, yes sir!

SsangYong is certainly brave. Naming your special edition model after the 115-mile long piece of no man’s land between North and South Korean is a mind-boggling decision, especially for a Korean firm, but even the manufacturer themselves admit that the Korando Sports DMZ is just a bit of fun.

The pick up itself is a serious matter, though. We like the Korando Sports, and this is more of the same. Car-like multi-link rear suspension means that it rides well enough to use as family transport.

A large load bed will take a full size Euro pallet and one tonne of stuff, with a load deck liner and anchor points fitted to keep things safe and secure. There’s also on-demand four-wheel drive, ensuring it’s suitable as a proper commercial vehicle.

Power in all models, from the entry-level S at £17,995 to this £23,035 special edition, comes from a 2.0-litre diesel engine with 153bhp and 360Nm of torque, promising economy of 37.7mpg.

All models come with air-conditioning, electric windows, Bluetooth connectivity and a full-size spare wheel. The DMZ edition, based on the top-spec EX, adds heated, electric leather seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear-parking sensors, roof rails and that paint job.

It also comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, as all SsangYong’s do, offering peace of mind to buyers.

The DMZ might not be the first choice for a family motor, but the self-employed who need the practicality and tax benefits on offer, or those that need to hide in the forest, might want to take a look.

Outside of the DMZ and its military-chic paint job, the Korando Sports remains a good value, well equipped and thoroughly sensible pick up.

Phil is a part-time car hoarder and full-time automotive writer for print and web. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and an MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, Which? and Regit Cars.