Used Ssangyong Rexton 4x4 2003 - 2013 review

Category: Large SUV

It's a lot of car for the money, but you have to sacrifice in some important areas

Ssangyong Rexton 4x4 (03 - 13)
  • Ssangyong Rexton 4x4 (03 - 13)
  • Ssangyong Rexton 4x4 (03 - 13)
Used Ssangyong Rexton 4x4 2003 - 2013 review
Star rating

What's the used KGM Rexton 4x4 like?

The real attraction of the Rexton is that it gives you a lot of car for the money, with something like Land Rover Discovery space for Freelander money.

Up front, the dash is well laid out, and the basically sound driving position gives a commanding view. Head and legroom are fine, although reach adjustment on the steering wheel would help taller drivers make themselves more comfortable. In the back, there's plenty of room for passengers, if not quite as much as in some rivals. The boot, too, is a good size, although it's not terribly wide, but it does house two extra fold-away seats on some models, which turn the Rexton into a seven-seater.


It's a lot of car for the money, but you have to sacrifice in some important areas

  • It provides big-car space at small-car prices, and some versions can seat seven people
  • It's short on on-road ride, refinement
  • quality and safety features

That's all very well - and, what's more, the Rexton is a fine off-roader - but the trouble starts once you drive on-road. The ride never really settles, there's too much body roll in bends and the slow-witted steering makes parking awkward.

Ownership cost

What used KGM Rexton 4x4 will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a KGM Rexton 4x4?

Compared to most other 4x4s of the same size, the Rexton is a bargain. Cars like the Discovery or Jeep Grand Cherokee are far more expensive to buy, and the only other big 4x4 that comes close to matching the Rexton's price is the Kia Sorento. However, even that looks dear in comparison.

Of the Rexton's three engines, by far the most fuel-efficient is the 2.7-litre diesel, which returns 32.9mpg. Although that's pretty good for such a big car, it's not as good as a diesel Sorento. The 2.9 gets just 30.4mpg, or a woeful 25.0mpg with the automatic gearbox, while the 3.2 petrol can't even return 20mpg.

In terms of insurance, the Rexton is dearer than the Sorento, but cheaper than other mainstream rivals of a similar size.

Sadly, we don't have maintenance costs for the Rexton, but given that the engines are sourced from Mercedes, we see no reason why they should be overly expensive to service.

Our recommendations

Which used KGM Rexton 4x4 should I buy?

Originally, the Rexton came with petrol and diesel engines, but the 3.2-litre petrol was reserved for the top trim, making it too expensive for a supposedly budget car. It was also the worst model for fuel economy and insurance, so there's little surprise it was dropped in early 2006.

At the same time, the company dropped the 2.9-litre diesel, which is the easiest model to find on the used market and the cheapest. It's our recommendation as a used buy, but primarily because of its price.

The 2.7-litre diesel that joined the range in late 2004 (54-plate onwards), and became the only engine in the range from early 2006, is stronger and more fuel-efficient, but is too much more expensive than the 2.9.

Trim-wise, stick to the most basic models, as the whole range is well equipped.


What alternatives should I consider to a used KGM Rexton 4x4?