SsangYong has typically been a company that has sold its cars on the basis of head over heart, targeting the more practical owners who make real use of their cars. The Rexton, then, is one for both farmers and towers alike, particularly those who want to pull caravans.
Previewed by the LIV-2 concept at the Paris Motor Show last year, the latest Rexton measures almost 5 meters long and a little under 2 meters wide. With its body-on-frame design, this large SUV makes for a robust and practical choice.
SsangYong is also making more of a brand of itself now, with the Tivoli’s grille and front end design making its way over to the Rexton. As well as the safety kit found on the Tivoli, there’s also brake assist and active rollover protection given as this car is taller than the average UK adult.
In terms of engines, you’re stuck with a revised 2.2-litre turbodiesel, dubbed e-XDi220. This produces 181 hp and 420 Nm and can be paired to a 6-speed manual transmission or Mercedes’ 7-speed automatic (also known as the 7G-TRONIC).
Its smart all-wheel-drivepowertrain means that the Rexton is rear-wheel-drive most of the time, however this still doesn’t do it any favors in terms of fuel economy, with a claimed 36.2 mpg and CO2 emissions of at least 204 g/km. Nevertheless, with a towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes and a herb weight of at
least 2095 kg, what can you expect?
Entry-level EX models come with cloth upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, automatic lights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry, air conditioning and an 8-inch infotainment display with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
So hardly what you can call poorly equipped, then! Mid-range ELX makes use of a heated steering wheel, Nappa leather upholstery, 18-inch diamond cut aloys, heated front and rear seats, 8-way driver and 6-way passenger power adjustable seats, dual-zone climate control, an upgraded 7-inch colour display in the instrument cluster and an HD 9.2-inch infotainment display with TomTom satellite navigation.
Ultimate models add ventilated front seats, 25W HID headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels and a powered tailgate. The second row of seats split 60:40, while if you specify 7 seats, the rearmost row will split 50:50 and get their own air vents as standard. Also optional is a full-sized spare wheel.
The SsangYong Rexton goes on sale in the UK from October with prices starting at £32,000.