SsangYong Rexton Road Test (2008)

SsangYong Rexton

SsangYong Rexton Review

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SsangYong needs address in order to compete in terms of safety

Prices for the Rexton start at a very reasonable £19,995 for the manual S and the automatic version adds £1,500, while the SPR bears a price tag of £24,995. There is also a commercial version available, the Rexton C-S priced at £15,995 or £16,630 after all the bits have been added on.

Although it is the same engine throughout, the SPR version has a higher output. In this format it produces186PS at 4,000rpm and a load-lugging 401Nm of torque at 2,400rpm. In the S, on the other hand, the power output is 165PS and 340Nm at the same engine speeds. Both are capable of towing a 3,200kg, braked trailer.

It takes the manual version, 12.9 seconds to complete the 0-62mph dash and the top speed is 112mph. The automatic S is a bit quicker off the mark at 11.6 seconds and the top speed is 111mph.

The SsangYong Rexton has an 80-litre fuel tank and it seems to take a long time to empty it. Official figures show that the test car is capable of 24.6mpg on the urban cycle, 37.7mpg for the extra-urban and the combined is 31.4mpg with 228g’km CO2 emissions. It is highly unlikely but it seems more frugal than the figures suggest.

Besides the difference in engine outputs, the S models differ from the SPR in that they have Torque on Demand (TOD) 4WD while the SPR has an AWD system and independent rear suspension.

This together with the low-down torque means that the Rexton is a fairly capable off-roader although there is no transfer box for low-range gearing. On the main roads the combination of small-ish wheels and chunky tyres gives the slight impression of driving on jelly but the car moves very well for a large vehicle and is more than happy to cruise motorways.

ABS with EBD is standard, along with ESP with Active Rollover Protection (ARP). Hill Descent Control is also standard. Like the Kyron, the omission that lets the Rexton down is the lack of airbags. The S models have only front airbags and the SPR adds just front, side airbags while none of them have curtain airbags.

I for one, would prefer to go without something else in preference to more airbag protection and that is an issue that SsangYong needs address in order to compete in terms of safety.

20 August 2008 Melanie Carter
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SsangYong Rexton Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSsangYong Rexton 270 S
Body TypeSUV
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph12.9 Seconds
Top Speed 112 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual Transmission With Dual Mass Flywheel
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban24.6 mpg
Extra Urban37.7 mpg
Combined31.4 mpg
Insurance Group12
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Years or 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 20/08/08)£19,995

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