For Ssangyong Rexton buyers get a large, spacious 4x4 for the price of a much smaller one, along with genuine off-road ability.
Against The Rexton suffers from stodgy handling, vague steering and an unsettled ride, while the interior is very drab indeed. The turbodiesel engine needs more grunt and running costs will be high.
Lots of metal for the money, but the Ssangyong Rexton's quality and on-road manners are so poor that we really can’t see a reason to recommend it.
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SsangYong isn’t the best-respected brand in the UK, but the Ssangyong Rexton does offer a spacious interior and off-road ability at a very competitive price.
One engine, a 2.7-litre turbodiesel, powers the Rexton. Sadly, it’s not that great. It’s slow and harsh, and it also disappoints with poor fuel economy and CO2 emissions which place it in the highest VED tax band. The Rexton’s other road manners aren’t great, either. The handling is wallowy, the steering is stodgy with barely any feel, and the ride is thoroughly uncultured.
Granted, the Rexton is spacious inside and comes with decent equipment, but the cheap-feeling materials make it a very uninspiring environment.
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The Rexton is no luxury ride, nor terribly refined, but if you can look beyond its obvious flaws, it represents good value, with a spacious interior and off-road ability.