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.
Ssangyong Rexton 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.
Ssangyong Rexton refinement
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.