The Rexton W offers a lot of space and off-road ability for not a lot of money. The diesel engine is pretty refined.
It isn’t as good to drive on-road or as classy inside as rival SUVs. The amount of safety kit is disappointing, too.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
There’s only one engine available – a 2.0-litre diesel with 153bhp – and the Rexton W’s hefty two-tonne weight means it has to be revved quite hard to make decent progress. This is made worse in versions with the automatic gearbox, which has only five gears and is sluggish to change gear.
Ride & Handling
A high kerbweight and a soft suspension set-up mean the Rexton W isn’t particularly agile, with noticeable body lean in corners. The steering is slow and frustratingly vague, giving you little idea of what the front wheels are doing. If you think soft suspension means a cushy ride, you’ll be disappointed; the Rexton W is fidgety at all speeds, and larger potholes aren’t dealt with well, either.
The engine is generally quiet – it’s noisy only at the top of its rev range – and there’s no vibration through the steering wheel or pedals. The cabin is reasonably well hushed at speed, too; engine and road noise are well suppressed, although the Rexton W’s large door mirrors do whip up some wind noise.