KGM Torres ICE and EVX review

Petrol vs Electric – Which One Should You Choose?

What’s a KGM? It’s actually a rebrand of the SsangYong marque, and indeed the badge remains the same. What is the Torres? A large family SUV with a capacious interior and rugged looks. More rugged if you get it as a petrol, sleeker when you opt for electric power as yes, it is available as both. But which is better? Let’s see how these two variants stack up against each other and which one might be the right fit for you.


Design and Exterior

The KGM Torres employs big, butch, squared-off styling. As already mentioned, the petrol version sports a more aggressive front fascia with a structured, articulated look that screams off-road toughness, even though it’s only front-wheel drive. The robust bonnet handles add to its rugged appeal. At the rear, the design hints at an off-road spare wheel mount (there isn’t one), adding to its adventurous appeal.

The electric version, on the other hand, has a slightly toned-down exterior with a cleaner, more modern front end. The LED lighting is more pronounced, and while it retains the chunky SUV silhouette, it lacks some of the petrol version’s rugged embellishments. Both versions come with 20” diamond-cut alloy wheels and privacy glass on the rear doors, quarter panels, and tailgate, for that premium look.

Interior and Comfort

Open the door and you’re greeted by a striking two-tone cabin – its default dark trim brightened up by bronze accents and panels. Large digital screens, a full-feature set-up, storage spaces and design motifs keep things both interesting and comfortable.

Both versions feature leather seats with heating and ventilation, a heated leather steering wheel, and automatic dual-zone air conditioning. The 12.3” full digital instrument cluster and smart audio screen with rear-view camera are standard, as are Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto.

In the rear, passengers benefit from the cavernous cabin and enjoy ample legroom and headroom, making long journeys comfortable. The EV robs the footwell of only very slight space. The boot space is generous, with additional storage beneath the floor and split-folding rear seats to accommodate larger loads. The smart powered tailgate adds convenience, especially when your hands are full – though it opens upwards, not side-hinged as the handle might suggest.

Driving Impressions

The petrol KGM Torres is powered by a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder engine producing 163bhp and 260NM of torque. It’s paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, delivering a smooth and responsive drive. The front-wheel-drive setup might disappoint off-road enthusiasts, but for everyday urban and motorway driving, it performs admirably.

The fuel economy stands at 33.2mpg with CO2 emissions of 194g/km, making it a reasonably efficient option. No performance stats were available, but it appears to have more than adequate pace.

On the road, it feels solid and substantial. The ride comfort is commendable, absorbing bumps and potholes with ease. The steering is well-weighted, and the car responds eagerly to throttle inputs. However, it’s worth noting that while it handles corners well for a large SUV, there’s a bit of body roll, and some understeer.

Meanwhile, the electric KGM Torres EVX K40 comes with a 73.4kWh battery, offering a range of 287 miles. It generates 207bhp and 339NM of torque, making it more powerful than its petrol counterpart. The immediate torque delivery typical of electric vehicles gives it a zippy, responsive feel.

Driving the EV version is a quieter and smoother experience, with minimal road noise and instant acceleration. However, the ride can be a bit jittery over rough surfaces compared to the petrol version, likely due to the added weight of the batteries. The steering is light but precise, and the car maintains good composure through bends, although it also understeers a little when pushed.

Features and Technology

Both versions of the KGM Torres are packed with features. A digital instrument cluster and smart audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, and smartphone integration. There are also eight airbags, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, and more. The electric version adds a 3D around-view camera monitoring system, enhancing its tech appeal.

Ultimately, the choice between petrol and electric comes down to your driving needs and preferences. Both versions deliver on style, comfort, and practicality, making the KGM Torres a strong new contender in the SUV market.