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Ssangyong Rexton

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Performance

There’s just one engine on offer in the Ssangyong Rexton. an old Mercedes-sourced 2.7-litre turbodiesel. This comes in 163- or 183bhp outputs, but both are lethargic, and the 183bhp model has a standard-fit five-speed automatic gearbox. The 270 ES (manual or auto) has part-time selectable four-wheel drive, the SPR full-time AWD.

Ride Handling

The Rexton’s rugged separate chassis construction means it is poor on-road. The slow-witted steering lacks feel and makes parking cumbersome, there’s a degree of lean through bends and the ride never really settles. A low-ratio transfer ’box and four-wheel drive help it feel at home in the rough, however.

As with most 4x4s, the Rexton’s big tyres and bluff shape generate a little more road- and wind noise than a conventional saloon, but it’s not too intrusive. The diesel engine is harsh and noisy, because it needs working hard. On manual versions, the heavy, imprecise gearshift and long-travel pedals make it hard to drive smoothly.

Buying Owning

The Rexton is a large 4×4 for the price of a compact model, and it has genuine off-road ability.

However, its running costs are high; the SPR returns only 30.7mpg and the S 31.4mpg, and all models are in the 35% company car tax bracket. Resale values are also poor.

Quality Reliability

Ssangyong has made an effort with the Rexton’s interior, which looks modern and solidly constructed. However, too many different materials are used, many of which look cheap. The engine is sourced from Mercedes and should prove hardy, although it needs to be serviced every 6000 miles.

Safety Security

The Rexton lacks key items offered in most modern 4x4s: there is no traction control, and curtain airbags are not available. S versions do not even have front side airbags. There’s an alarm to deter thieves, however, plus standard stability control and hill descent control.

Behind The Wheel

The upright driving position gives a commanding view of the road ahead, the dash is clearly laid out, and there’s decent head- and legroom. SPR models have power-adjustment for the steering wheel and driver’s seat, but the long-travel pedals and absence of reach-adjustment for the steering wheel mean that you may end up sitting uncomfortably close to the wheel.

Space Practicality

Headroom is decent throughout, although there isn’t as much as in some rivals, while there’s plenty of legroom for front and rear passengers. Two further rear seats that allow you to carry seven people are available as an option. The boot is large, if not especially wide, and the rear seats fold and tumble to provide extra luggage space.

Entry-level S models have climate control, keyless entry, front and rear electric windows, power-folding door mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels and an alarm. SPR spec includes 18-inch alloys, leather upholstery, heated seats, a sunroof, reverse parking sensors, automatic headlights and wipers, side steps and tinted glass. Options include satellite-navigation.

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