New Ssangyong Rexton to arrive later this year
Ssangyong's new Rexton large SUV will be priced from just under £30,000 and offer AEB as standard...
If you're looking for the cheapest way to carry seven people, then the Ssangyong Rexton is an appealing choice. With bargain-basement prices and masses of interior space, the last Rexton was one of the most cost-effective ways of transporting you and your growing family.
There were considerable downsides, though. The Rexton's low-rent interior and sloppy driving style stopped it from being a contender in the large SUV market, even against other Korean-made models such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento.
Now, however, there's a new Rexton on the horizon. It's due to go on sale in the UK towards the end of this year and will go up against both of its Korean counterparts as well as our favourite large SUV, the Skoda Kodiaq – which also majors on offering buyers value for money.
New style and engines
The shape of this new Rexton was first previewed by the LIV-2 concept car at last year's Paris motor show. It stands taller than the old model, with a large grille and LED daytime running lights. Like the current Rexton, the new model will offer seven seats as standard, with five-seat versions available as an option.
Engine choices will include a new 2.2-litre diesel, which is likely to account for the majority of sales in the UK, plus a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol. The current Rexton's sole diesel engine is among its biggest drawbacks, so we'll be paying close attention to how these new engine options perform. The new car will be offered with both rear and four-wheel drive.
More convenience and safety kit
We give the current Rexton just one star for its interior, but for the new model Ssangyong says it has upped the quality inside, offering buyers features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, plus a surround-view camera system, all presented via a 9.2in infotainment screen. Standard equipment in the UK is expected to include a lane departure warning system and automatic emergency braking (AEB).
With prices for the new Rexton likely to start at just under £30,000, the new car will significantly undercut the Hyundai Santa Fe, which starts from £32,320, but not the £28,795 Kia Sorento. The Skoda Kodiaq, meanwhile, is priced from £29,545 in seven-seat form.
See more of the Skoda Kodiaq in the video below.