Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
If we were judging this category solely on a pound-for-pound basis, the Rexton would do very well; there’s no doubting that you get an awful lot of car for your money. That’s especially true of entry-level EX models that undercut the most expensive Seat Ateca by a noteworthy amount of cash.
It’s not like Ssangyong is stingy with equipment, either. You get all the kit you actually need and a few luxury items as well. Sat-nav may not be available on lower trims, but standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mean you can access navigation through your smartphone.
But running costs are less impressive. No version dips below 200g/km of CO2, so it’s pricey for business users, while the official figures suggest it’ll do 36.2mpg at best. We failed to better 30mpg in our test car, if the trip computer is to be believed.
Still, all versions get automatic emergency braking and a lane departure warning, while the warranty is an impressive five-year unlimited-mileage policy.