New SsangYong Rexton 2017 UK evaluation
This all-new, second-generation model, although, is much more promising - and that is our first alternative to drive it within the UK. The 1980s-throwback styling has been changed by the sculpted, interesting SUV you possibly can see right here, which was previewed eventually yr’s Paris Motor Present because the LIV-2 idea. Whereas maybe not the best-looking 4x4 within the class, the Rexton is likely one of the sharpest wanting vehicles in SsangYong’s lineup.
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Inside, the Korean firm has taken efficient steps to maneuver the Rexton a lot nearer to the established opposition. Wooden-effect trim, quilted leather-based, elegant projected analogue dials within the cluster which might be separated by a crisp digital show and a excessive normal of switchgear all assist to make the Rexton really feel nearly as good to take a seat in as a Hyundai Santa Fe or Kia Sorento. That’s excessive reward certainly.
The room on board is plentiful and you may have the SsangYong as a five- or seven-seater just like the model we’re testing right here. Boot house is just colossal within the five-seat mannequin, with a minimal of 820 litres on provide and 1,977 litres with the rear seats folded away. If you happen to sometimes want to hold greater than a quintet of passengers, then the seven-seat mannequin’s corresponding figures drop to 649 and 1,806 litres, the previous of those decreasing significantly you probably have seven folks on board.
Trim grades run EX, ELX after which Final, with costs beginning at £27,500. Like most Korean vehicles, gear ranges throughout the board are beneficiant and so even the entry-level EX comes with seven seats, 17-inch alloys, air-con, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment, cruise management, loads of security help techniques and helpful devices reminiscent of all-round parking sensors and auto lights and wipers.
Each ELX and Final construct up the luxuries, to the purpose that the latter solely has two value choices to inflate its £37,500 asking worth: metallic paint and a tow bar. TomTom satnav arrives at ELX grade, though the mapping graphics are fundamental, whereas the Final has some pretty toys – like local weather seats and a 3D around-view digicam – but it surely solely comes with 5 seats.
There’s only one 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, which develops 179bhp and 420Nm of torque. It may be mated to both a six-speed handbook gearbox or a seven-speed Mercedes-sourced automated. The quoted efficiency and financial system figures are middling on the Rexton, and on our take a look at route we solely noticed round 26mpg whereas driving in a fairly cautious method. That’s fairly dire.
But it’s a way more civilised proposition on the street than beforehand. Physique management is nice, because the Rexton gamely resists excessive physique roll in corners, and the engine stays quiet except you rev it previous three,000rpm, the place it turns into coarse. The auto is slow-witted however in any other case easy, whereas grip ranges are excessive and the steering is pleasingly responsive and weighty.
Sadly, there’s a relentless shudder over corrugated surfaces on non-compulsory 20-inch wheels - you’re much better off sticking with the usual 18-inch choices. Off-road, the Rexton may be very competent due to its correct locking centre differential and low-range mode.
Off-road, it’s actually good, because it has a correct locking centre differential and low-range mode. It’ll additionally haul as much as three.5 tonnes with little issue, as we came upon whereas towing round a weighted horsebox. So it stays a car that can enchantment to the nation set; it’s simply that now, it’s loads higher round city, too.