All-terrain seven-seat MPV workhorse
- Strong off-roader
- Improved 2.2-litre diesel engine
- Standard seven seats
- Running costs still high
- Cheap-looking interior
- Not the best drive
Large off-roaders with space for seven command top dollar these days – whether it’s from a luxury manufacturer like the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS, or more mainstream models like Kia Sorento or Hyundai Santa Fe.
Except for the SsanYong Rexton, that is - a 4x4 with seating for seven that undercuts its rivals by thousands of pounds. Whether or not you recognise the badge, you can’t ignore the value.
This model has been refreshed with a Euro 6-compliant diesel engine offering better performance as well as reduced running costs. A win all round, then.
Diesel power only
The 2.2-litre, four-cylinder engine is your only choice of powerplant, although there is a six-speed manual or Mercedes-Benz seven-speed automatic gearbox option, depending on trim level.
It pulls well enough and doesn’t cost the earth to run, but lags behind its rivals on both counts. Given the low asking price though, you can forgive its rougher edges.
Where the engine does come into its own is off-road, thanks to lots of low-down torque to help extricate the Rexton from challenging terrain.
Styling overhaul and lots of kit
The Rexton has been given a new look thanks to a different grille, projector headlamps and LED daytime running lights for a much more modern appearance.
Best of all, you get four-wheel drive and seven seats as standard, although the latter can be optionally deleted at no extra cost.
Strong off-road performance
The Rexton has a strong backbone for excursions into the wilderness and also for towing – it can haul a braked trailer of up to three tonnes.
It also features many features amplifying its off-road credentials, such as a low-range gearbox for ultimate control on the toughest terrain and a strong yet rudimentary leaf-spring suspension system on the rear axle.
The downside of that off-road prowess is a slightly compromised ride on tarmac, but the Rexton is still surprisingly easy to live with.