SsangYong Rexton (03-13) - Review

Review by Simon Harris on
Last Updated: 04 Jan 2010
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SsangYong may not be a familiar name, but it's growing in reputation for building robust yet good value for money vehicles. The Rexton is its most popular model - a large 4x4 that is available with seven seats and a strong diesel engine but costs around the same as smaller offroaders such as the Nissan X-Trail.

SsangYong Rexton (03-13)
Affordable for a large 4x4, powerful diesel engine, impressive off road ability, good workhorse
Uninspiring on road, dated interior design, lacks refinement, cumbersome handling on pre-2006 models

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

SsangYong may not be a familiar name, but it's growing in reputation for building robust yet good value for money vehicles. The Rexton is its most popular model - a large 4x4 that is available with seven seats and a strong diesel engine but costs around the same as smaller offroaders such as the Nissan X-Trail. It's an impressive machine off road and can tackle tough terrain, but unfortunately this comes at the expense of on road handling. It's cumbersome, heavy and feels dated. The drab and old-fashioned cabin do it few favours either, but as a workhorse-type vehicle, the Rexton can make an affordable choice. It was facelifted in 2006 and changes to the suspension improved the handling considerably.

Affordable 4x4

The SsangYong Rexton is a full-size SUV yet it comes with a price tag that undercuts most cars from the mid-size sector. This makes the Rexton a very affordable car and thee are plenty of people who tow trailers and caravans who appreciate the car’s low cost and 3200kg maximum towing capacity. However, the Rexton provides further value with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty and fairly generous standard equipment count. The low cost does need to be balanced against quite poor economy for a turbodiesel-engined SUV, high carbon dioxide emissions and mediocre residual values when you come to sell.

Uninspiring drive

The SsangYong Rexton comes with a 2.7-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel that produces 163bhp. This is about the same as most 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engines in rival machinery now offer, so the Rexton trails the class average now. It also lags behind for refinement and performance, turning in 0-62mph in 12.9 seconds for the five-speed manual model or a slightly better 11.6 seconds for the five-speed auto version. The auto is the one to choose as it has reasonably smooth shifts and avoids the slightly slow-witted shift of the manual. In corners, the Rexton feels its size and weight, though it corners with some nimbleness. However, the steering is too light and over-assisted.

So although definitely an up-and-coming brand, should you shell out for this particular 4x4? Read on for our Ssangyong Rexton review to find out.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

2 out of 5

Safety

2.5 out of 5

Reliability

3 out of 5

Running costs

2.5 out of 5

Green credentials

2 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

2 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 car has a feature where when you leave the key in it beeps and when you take the key out all the lights go out never leaving you caught out by leaving the lights on  

4 out of 5

MAC DONAGH MIKE ,   21 Jul 2009    ... read more

 Its spacious and comfortable, its a raised driving position similar to the Disco which my wife appreciated and its pretty rugged.  

4 out of 5

Andy Budge ,   22 Mar 2009    ... read more

 Spacious inside, comfortable ride, quiet cruiser. Quite surprising acceleration when pushed. Unbelievable mileage of 40 per gallon when cruising and 30 when pushed.  

5 out of 5

Christian Georgiev ,   23 Jul 2007    ... read more

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