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2017 Ssangyong Rexton review - verdict

The Ssangyong Rexton large SUV has moved upmarket to challenge rivals such as the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento and Land Rover Discovery Sport

Words By Steve Cropley

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Ssangyong Rexton

The Rexton is a strong choice if you’d rather not pay premium prices. If you just want a well made, well equipped working car that can tow 3.5 tonnes and grip well on wet grass, with a horsebox hitched on the back or on a slipway when you're launching a boat, it's worth consideration.

It's very competitively priced and decent quality inside, and thus far, Ssangyong dealers say, has proved reliable. Ssangyong expects to treble sales of the old Rexton with this new model, and it’s easy to see why.

However, if space isn't such a priority but interior quality and off-road ability still are, the Discovery Sport is a better all-rounder. Similarly, if you're after a keen price, a good drive and generous space, the Sorento still ticks more boxes.

What Car? says...

Rated 3 out of 5

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Hyundai Santa Fe

Kia Sorento

Ssangyong Rexton Ultimate

Price Β£37,500

Engine 4cyl, 2157cc, diesel

Power 179bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 310lb ft @ 1600rpm

Gearbox 7-spd automatic

0-62mph 11.9sec

Top speed 115mph

Official economy 34.8mpg (combined)

CO2, tax band 218g/km, 37%

Release date On sale now

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The Ssangyong Rexton is a large and well equipped SUV with a low starting price. It's capable but flawed