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.
Tim Pryce, March 12th 2006