2011 SsangYong Rexton RX270 XDI Road Test Review

21 Aug 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on 2011 SsangYong Rexton RX270 XDI Road Test Review

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Vehicle Style: Five-door SUV

Price: $36,990 (plus costs)

On test fuel 12.0 l/100km

SsangYong’s isn’t new to Australia by any stretch yet it may be this market#39;s most SUV.

Easily the cheapest way a large diesel SUV, the offers cut-price off-road at a price point almost ignored by other brands.

Fit and finish looks good on the and while the design isn’t it is functional and smart enough.

A few rattles were noticeable in the doors and rear seats of our car though.

Comfort: Seating for seven is an and the third row offers comparatively accommodation. Middle seats can be for legroom, and width scarce three abreast.

Up front are no issues with wide seats and a broad range of

Equipment: CD/MP3 six-speaker with aux-in and USB connectivity, folding electric mirrors, zone climate control rear booster, steering audio controls.

Storage: third row seating stowed are 500 litres of boot space, to 1540 litres with the row folded. Dash and doors good storage nooks and the console is deep, with slide-out storage.

Driveability: There’s no mistaking the for anything other than a big SUV. There’s a commanding of the road ahead, but the engine is a behind the pace and certainly thrifty than modern

Refinement: Once again, by ageing technology, Rexton’s auto is slow to respond, but smoothly enough. The engine can be a coarse; some moderate finds its way into the cabin.

A serious off roading set-up independent wishbone suspension up and a coil-sprung rigid rear behind. The tuning is very great for rough trails but to bobbing about on paved

Braking: A long travel means great modulation off the track. The ventilated front and rear discs are also up to the providing good stopping

Off road: Full-time four-wheel-drive most conditions easy to with low range selected via a dash control.

An adventure some steep fire shortly after a downpour that the Rexton has the low-down ground clearance and wheel to make short work of terrain.

The only let-down coming the lack of traction offered by the Bridgestone Dueller tyres.

questions about off-road were raised when the ESP went offline following a through the wet, although Descent Control (HDC) operational.

ANCAP rating: Not

Safety features: Dual and side airbags, ESP, brake assist, HDC, active rollover protection, seatbelt load limiters and Height adjustable front three point seatbelts for all


Warranty: years or 100,000 kilometres.

costs: Service intervals every 10,000km and cost $310 plus consumables.

Challenger ($44,490) Looks and less bulky with a modern interior. Slightly outside and lacking a seven-seat in base model specification. Challenger reviews )

Nissan ST ($51,490) A big step up in price, but a big step up in standard features a more grunty engine to and seven-seat capacity standard. Pathfinder reviews )

Holden Captiva 7 SX AWD ($39,490) Not in the same class thanks to a of low-range transmission, but as close as get on price. Certainly more on road, but also much great for in town but lacking space for seven.

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Note: all prices are List Price and do not include delivery or on-road costs.

and safety equipment are behind the 4X4 crop, but for mile-eating journeys and off-road forays, the Rexton has a to state.

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