The Ssangyong Rexton is a well priced SUV that has a lot of boot space for the money and can carry seven people. Ssangyong Rexton Reviews are fairly poor though since it’s not good to drive, noisy and has a dull image.
There’s a lot of space for five adults in the Ssangyong Rexton with plenty of head and leg room in the front and middle rows. There are also an extra two seats in the boot which let you carry children, as it’s quite cramped for adults. With those extra chairs folded into the floor, the boot is a very good size but some reviewers found it was not especially wide compared to the competition.
Quality and safety is below par however, with cheap feeling materials all round and you can’t get the car with curtain airbags.
The driving position is throne like which means great visibility ahead. Getting comfortable might be a challenge to some as the steering wheel only adjusts for rake and the long-travel pedals mean you can find yourself too close to the wheel.
The Ssangyong Rexton is not bad in the rough stuff, with a low ratio transfer gearbox, permanent four wheel drive and chunky off road tyres. It’s not as good on road as nearly all of the competition due to the separate-chassis construction and big wheels which let a lot of tyre noise into the cabin.
The Ssangyong Rexton is fitted with a previous generation Mercedes 2.7 turbodiesel which produces 163bhp and 251lb ft of torque. It gets the car from 0-60mph in 12.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 112mph. One reviewer said that the engine was ‘like a 60-a-day smoker running the marathon’ and all the other reviewers expressed that in their own way. Progress is made worse if you chose the EX Auto model as the five-speed automatic gearbox spoils performance ever further. The standard manual gearbox has also been reported to be very heavy and imprecise.
It’s not the most economical unit out their either with up to 32.8mpg and a CO2 rating of 229g/km which means road tax and fuel bills will be considerably higher than most of its rivals.
Value for money
You do get a lot of space for your money as the Ssangyong Rexton undercuts most of its competitors. Standard equipment includes climate control, keyless entry, all electric windows, power folding door mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity and 16inch alloy wheels. The highest spec EX Auto gets heated electric leather seats and a sunroof.
Depreciation will be steep though, due to the badge and the high running costs.
Satellite navigation isn’t standard on the most luxurious trim so if you want it you have to get it as an option.
If you are prepared to sacrifice on-road comfort so that you can have a machine that can make a mockery of rough terrain then take a look at the Land Rover Defender 110 which also comes with 7 seats and is at a similar price albeit it is more basic inside than this.
If all you need is a 4×4 that can take the whole family or loads off stuff anywhere and you live in a farm or around the country side then the Ssangyong Rexton is definitely worth a look. Be aware that lots of rivals get far better reviews though and consider those too.
Ssangyong Rexton Key Details
£19,150 – £30,177
28 – 32
Within a year or two
The Ssangyong Rexton got a facelift and upgrade in 2007
Engine to go for:
There’s only one, a 165bhp diesel