We took the Rexton along our favourite Devon green lanes and whilst the going isn’t that tough it did perform well.
We took the Rexton along our favourite Devon green lanes and whilst the going isn’t that tough it did perform well. Only on one rocky stretch uphill did we have to select low ratio 4 wheel drive, which is controlled via a switch on the dashboard. It all worked very well and although the Rexton isn't in the same class as the Jeep Grand Cherokee off-road it is more than capable of towing a boat, caravan or a horse box, and will cross a muddy field at the gymkhana with ease.
Ease of Use
Overall the Rexton is an easy car to live with and all the controls are ergonomically laid out and easy to operate.
The only downside is parking, the Rexton needs parking sensors as it is difficult to judge the rear of the vehicle especially at night with the heavily tinted rear privacy glass that our test car featured. Although we would point out that the reversing lights were quite powerful, as a lot of manufacturers forget that people live out in the country. All the doors were fitted with puddle lights, which again living in the country were most welcome.
There is an option to have 7 seats, which flip up from the rear boot space; the two extra seats add £500 to initial purchase price. The 60:40 split folding 2nd row seats with folding centre armrest are very easy to operate.
Cruise control and a footrest are standard making longer Motorway journeys more comfortable and relaxing.
Safety and Security
Driver and passenger airbags are standard across the range with side airbags as standard on the SE and SX models. ABS combined with EBD provides safe braking, while other passive safety features include shock absorbing rear bumpers, seatbelts with front pre-tensioners, disc brakes on all 4 wheels, fog lamps, front & rear, high mounted stop lamp, speed-sensing door lock to secure all occupants automatically, useful toolbox under 2nd row seats, headlamp levelling device to maintain maximum illumination, full-sized spare wheel and category 1 alarm with immobiliser.
In the event of an accident, the Rexton has been engineered to absorb the impact in any collision. It has a steel safety cell and reinforced cross members, and as an added precaution, the fuel tank is securely placed within the rigid ladder frame, reducing the risk of spillage.
SsangYong Rexton Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||SsangYong Rexton 2.7 SX|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||13.2 Seconds|
|Top Speed||106 mph|
|Transmission||5-Speed Automatic Transmission|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||35.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-year/60,000 mile manufacturer warranty|
3-year unlimited mile surface paint warranty
6-year anti corrosion warranty
|Price (when tested on the 12/02/05)||£ 23,999|