So what do we look for in a car in this range. As most cars drop around 45% in the first three years why pay over the odds for a badge, especially one where the build quality has been suspect or the product grossly over-priced.
We now have 4 of these Rextons including 2 SE7 versions [Two are Auto and Two are manual]. Cost considerations give rise to serious decisions on finances. So why lose 55% on other makes when the Rexton represents such good value for money. We have no reliability issues, build quality is on a par with other makes we investigated including BMW and Mercedes and is streets ahead of the terrible Freelander. Indeed one of our guys has given up his Range Rover because of the mounting repair bills.
Its looks good, stands out amongst the pack and is extremly well kitted out for the money. Ok they won't be worth a lot of money in 3 years time but HEY we did not pay top dollar in the first place. Well done to SSangyong. It's time some of the Hacks got off their backs and started to appreciate value for money instead of a Badge.
I had been looking to buy a 4x4, and checked out the Mitsubishi Pajero (Shogun), Land Rover Discovery, Toyota Prado (Landcruiser) and Subaru Outback before choosing the Ssangyong Rexton.
I found the Rexton came out tops for on-road handling, off-road performance and excellent interior finish, along with stylish looks, very good fuel economy and the best price. Sure, the Disco may be the best off-road, and the Outback on-road, but I found the Rexton to be the best all-rounder.
Offroad, I have done some beach work and muddy river beds, and when the going got rough, low-range was the answer. My confidence is building the more off-roading I do.
I did an 1800km trip to Perth and felt refreshed at the end of the journey. Cruise control takes the monotony out of driving, and the excellent sound system helped pass the 19 hours on the road. Fuel economy was very good, around 9-10 ltres/100kms, and that's with air-con on all the way, and sitting at around 120km/hr. There was no trouble overtaking four-trailer trucks, as there's plenty of power from the 2.7-litre turbodiesel.
The Rexton is as good a vehicle on- and off-road as the others mentioned before (and better than some), but at a more than reasonable price - some $15-20,000 cheaper than Prado and Discovery.
If you're not planning a trip across the Kalahari, nor feel like spending $70,000, I don't think you can do much better than a Rexton, and would certainly recommend anyone to test-drive it.
What a vehicle! It has everything anyone would ever want from a 4x4 - it's comfortable, smooth, quiet, and roomy. Before I bought it everyone I spoke to said 'What?', but now they all say 'Wow!'.
I play golf with the head salesman at a local Vauxhall garage, and he commented '...glad to see that you have been sensible by buying the vehicle NOT the badge...'.
I have the Auto version with steptronic/tiptronic box. It's just as good as my last BMW, and returns 28.5mpg knocking around and 32mpg on a motorway run. I love the 2W/4W/ 4W low gearbox settings which was great over the past two weeks of snow and ice. It never put a foot wrong, no matter the conditions.
Downsides? Well, the brakes do feel a little 'soft' but, once used to the mechanism, there's never been any real problem.
I bought this car in Malaysia, Kuala lumpur since October 2003. Having owned it for more than 2 years now. It has been a great ride ever since.
I've owned and driven SUVs like Cherokee, Freelander etc. Nothing give me as much pleasure while driveng the Rexton. Even though it is already 2 years old, it is still a head turner and is definitely looks fresh on the road too.
Not many makes and models comes close to the attention given to this car of the same Price range.
Interior is luxurious and comfortable on long journey of not less than 800KM which I often take. Offroad capability is excellent with the in car one touch converter. Exterior is still gleaming after all these years.
If you are looking for a reasonable SUV with great interior and outlooks plus Comfort, Roomy and Price to match... this is the car to go for.
Critical reviewers are usually Non Owners and is also usually comparing with cars that are beyond affordable.
I'am a happy Malaysian owner. Cheers!
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