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SsangYong Rexton Test Review

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Car Tested: SsangYong Rexton W RX7 XVT

Price OTR Rs. 26,80,260/-

The SsangYong Rexton from Mercedes-Benz technology and it

Chances are, before acquired SsangYong, you wouldn#8217;t heard much about Korean automobile company. way back in 1954, SsangYong is one of the Korean vehicle manufacturers, was owned and run by Daewoo and SAIC at points of time. After ran into financial trouble, it was over by Mahindra in 2011 who launched the Rexton in the Indian

The facelifted Rexton W (W for World has reached Indian shores weeks of its global launch. The Rexton uses a lot of tech Mercedes-Benz, courtesy the technology SsangYong had with Daimler-Benz in While the Rexton is one of the most models from SsangYong, can repeat the same success in the market?

Exteriors – The SsangYong is in it#8217;s second generation and was recently given a facelift. The W has got a sea of changes both inside and which give it a very touch. While the Rexton doesn#8217;t look as big as its dimensions the vehicle is extremely long and compared to its rivals.

At the front, the Rexton gets a sloping with a chrome grille and a SsangYong badge. The projector offer good throw and the to detail is quite impressive, is #8216;Rexton#8217; engraved inside the too. Indicators are on the bumper next to the fog lights, rather being a part of the headlights.

The black cladding runs the lower part of the SsangYong while the heavily flared arches and side floor do scream SUV. The mirrors get shaped indicator lights and the is blackened out. The silver rails on the SsangYong Rexton are aesthetic and functional (to mount a rack) and the use of chrome has been subtly yet elegantly throughout the The Rexton gets chrome below the windows and doors.

A roof antenna is mounted at the of the vehicle and the wraparound rear looks good. However the lights (both front and are really the most eye catchy of the Rexton, which get a long with no bulb being They are not LEDs but they do a good effect.

The 16-inch wheels don#8217;t look big the tyres are large with 75 rubber. There are four sensors placed on the rear of the SsangYong Rexton but the best we like about the rear are the lights, which get 12 LEDs in unit. A single exhaust is neatly under the rear

The SsangYong name is new to India and Mahindra has put badges all across the On the front doors, there is the XVT badging, while on the rear there is the W badge. The rear has engaged on the body with Mahindra#8217; badging. The SsangYong does have huge on the road, more so because of the it creates amongst the uninitiated.

Many people turn just to see the make of the vehicle.

– Open the door using the not so pull out door handles and you are by dual tone interiors black and beige combination. The is relatively small for an SUV of this but everything feels well and exudes a plush feeling. The wheel is quite big and has a host of mainly for the audio system and control.

Neatly executed veneer is present both on the wheel, centre console and The centre AC vents and the buttons it are surrounded by chrome lining looks neat. There is an amount of storage spaces in the including the front centre arm and big bottle holders in various of the cabin.

A big … pedal keep the left leg relaxed a couple of nuts remain on it.

The SsangYong Rexton doesn#8217;t as big on the inside as the exterior dimensions make you believe. The leather are comfortable and soft but legroom is not vehicle#8217;s forte. Step the second row and there is just legroom with the under-thigh lacking. The seat is wide and can seat three comfortably but it sliding function.

The last row is for luggage with getting in and out a tad difficult. The last row seats no headrests. The third row passengers end up almost on the floor, resulting in a uncomfortable position, with pointing to the roof.

All rows offer good even for the tallest of passengers. The is a very good 5-seater and the seats ensure you will not get even after the longest of

The instrument cluster doesn#8217;t go with the car and looks quite there is no trip computer which is a surprising omission. The uses a Kenwood touchscreen system and has a remote too but the sensitivity of the is low and thus one needs to push it The system has a hot of functions including USB, Bluetooth and iPod there is GPS navigation too which reasonably well.

The telephone pairs via Bluetooth and connects although reception from on the other side is not the best. are placed near the A-pillar and are speakers even on the boot sound quality is good.

All rows have cabin and AC vents, with the last row having the option of controlling the of the fan. The AC works well and the cabin in no time. The Rexton has charging ports for front occupants, on the centre console, side of the centre console and on top of the where there is place to small items too. The stalks are on the opposite side, the controls are on the left stalk and controls are on the right stalk.

The also gets automatic and rain sensing wipers. auto lock once you hit 50

The high seating gives the a very commanding view of the ahead. The fully 8-way adjustable driver#8217;s seat has memory functions. On starting the the driver#8217;s seat adjusts to make you comfortable, which is a touch. A wind chime bell keeps ringing you belt up, or if the door is open. The mirrors offer good visibility and the Rexton doesn#8217;t as imposing as its size suggests.

The are large giving an airy to the passengers. The chrome door feel good to operate and the are heavy and shut with a thud. They also puddle lights which well.

The Rexton also a fully automatic sunroof.

As the row is not designed for humans, its best to it folded to increase luggage The boot is quite big with the rows folded. A three box is there in the boot which has mechanism to lock and unlock it.

are more such storage in the last row, including on each side. The boot has good holding mechanism on side for closing, along a pull out rope to shut the

Performance – Powering the SsangYong is a Mercedes sourced powertrain, offers different set of outputs in the and automatic transmission variants. The 5-cylinder unit belts out 162 BHP and 340 Nm in the RX5 variant and 184 BHP and 402 Nm in the RX7 automatic variant. are mated to 5-speed boxes. is good with linear delivery fed to all wheels.

The Rexton feels reasonably reaching 100 km/hr in about 11 Even though this tips the scale at over two it never feels sluggish and well. There is a minor lag but overall progress is good.

the key in the illuminated ring and you will notice how silent this is at idle.

However as you start to the engine become reasonably creating quite a noise on throttle. NVH levels certainly have been better. The autobox is quite lethargic and shift very quickly. The stalk is easy to operate and you simply have to flick a on the lever in manual mode to gears.

You can also shift using the steering mounted Even in manual mode, the has a mind of its own, it simply your inputs and the cluster even show the change in executed by the transmission either.

Dynamics – The SsangYong Rexton is a on frame SUV and is based on the old generation We took the Rexton on rough and were extremely pleased the fantastic ride quality it has to The vehicle can go off-road without a and has summer and winter modes with hill descent This SUV absorbs bumps in its with utmost zest and gets jittery.

The Rexton has a ground clearance of 252 mm, which it easy to drive even on the of roads. You don#8217;t drive speedbreakers, you simply glide them.

However the high ground and softly sprung suspension fare well in the handling The Rexton has considerable amount of roll and the steering lacks at high speeds. The steering is very light at low speeds and weigh up well enough as build up, thereby feeling a bit

However the light steering maneuvering the Rexton a breeze and the is very easy to drive. though the Rexton has a high of gravity, it feels reasonably at speed. Braking is good pedal feel could been better.

The turning is pretty impressive too.

– SsangYong#8217;s foray in the Indian in the hands of Mahindra seems to be a one already. The company sold 121 which is a good amount for a which was unknown in India a few years back. While the doesn#8217;t shine in every it shines in most that

SUV buyers look for an appealing which is comfortable and offers performance, not to mention value for The Rexton ticks all these it#8217;s decently quick, a very good ride and is with features at a reasonable making this SUV an excellent for SUV buyers.

The SsangYong Rexton with quality interiors, of features and good ride The value for money pricing by makes it very appealing.

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