Introduced in 2004, Ssangyong Stavic is a big MPV, Multi-Purpose Vehicle, replacing Istana and is offered in 7 and 9-seater configurations.
There was at time when Ssangyong Stavic was compared with a camel and often won world’s ugliest car awards, but things have changed. With each new model comes cleaner styling and appeal.
The latest edition to go through a much needed is modification is the 2014 Ssangyong Stavic model.
The Stavic’s Exterior
While many people considered it a beastly design, the restyle has given the new Stavic a sharper bone structure as well as an improved visage. The hood has sculpted lines that give a vibrant presence and a commanding posture to a car. With a more traditional side view that has simple chiselled lines, the new model doesn’t seem out of proportion. It has a more traditional look than its predecessor, and a slightly less odd window line. It is the elegant rear-end which differentiates it from the outgoing model.
Inside the Cabin
Inside it is new, tidy and neat with plenty of up to date features. It retains the fascinating architecture of its predecessor, but the quality has been enhanced, with leather steering wheel and with soft-touch plastics. The main instrument cluster of the driver is fitted centrally on the dashboard, putting it out of sight, but they are clear enough to read. Even with the 3rd row of the seats in place, there is adequate space for an entire week of grocery shopping. If you are in need more space, you can remove the entire bench or fold the seats down.
SsangYong has placed a lot of importance on safety in the new model, equipping the car with a number of state of the art safety features. The new version comes with head restraints for all the seats as well as front and side airbags. While it offers no airbag protection beyond the front row, it is equipped with heaps of modern safety gear, comprising advanced multi-function Anti-lock brakes with electronic stability programming and rollover protection system.
Is the Stavic Comfortable?
If the aim is to carry up to 7 people in comfort, then the new model is your best option. With 7 full size seats as well as a huge luggage space, the car has been designed to maximize comfort and versatility. From large families to commercial traveling, it is the comfort and luggage convenience that matters most, and the 2014 edition offers both under one roof. It also features air-conditioning, automatic headlights, bluetooth and music streaming, reverse sensors, speed sensitive and lots more to keep passengers entertained.
Ssangyong has replaced its earlier 2.7-l diesel engine with a 2.0 one. Good for 155bhp as well as 360Nm of torque, this new engine makes light work of carrying the fairly heavy Stavic. The new model is now sold with 2.0-Liter diesel engine that’s connected to either a 5 speed Mercedes-Benz automatic transmission or a 6 speed manual gearbox.
The new mode has lots of terrific aspects to it. The design is elegant; the interior is neat and well equipped and makes good use of its space.