Let’s be politically correct for a change: one of the world’s most “aesthetically challenged” cars has been converted into possibly the world’s strangest ambulance. On paper, the SsangYong Rodius makes a lot of sense: four wheel drive for access to remote areas, lots of space and a pricetag of £23,000 fully equipped, including specialist paramedic equipment, rear air conditioning and rear privacy glass.
Apart from the obvious problem of having to look at the thing, we have had the “benefit” of driving a Rodius 4wd, which suggests you only get what you pay for. We found that the SsangYong had all the structural rigidity of a damp cardboard box and the part-time 4wd system appeared to be “no time”. When it spun its wheels uselessly while trying to climb a high kerb, we decided this was not the vehicle for serious off-roading.