After a brief absence from the UK, Rexton – manufactured by Korean car company SsangYong – heralds the return of the brand, and an all new 4x4 for customers looking for a stylish, yet infinitely practical and driveable off-road vehicle.
The Rexton is a five door SUV equally happy cruising urban streets and motorways, or mud-plugging as a work-horse or leisure vehicle. It can seat up to seven people, and has an electronic selectable 4WD system (full-time only on petrol model). The Rexton both looks the part and delivers true off-road performance with its two engine choices: a 2.9 litre turbo diesel or 3.2 litre petrol engine.
Engines and economy
The 2.9 litre turbo diesel engine option produces 118 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 184 lb.ft of torque at 2,400 rpm, and there is a choice of a five-speed manual or four speed automatic gearbox.
With a top speed of 98 mph, CO2 emissions range between 244 and 302 g/km depending on whether it is a manual or automatic gearbox, with the combined fuel consumption for the automatic achieving a creditable 25.0 mpg and 30.4 mpg for the manual.
The 3.2 litre petrol version produces 217 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 231 lb.ft of torque at 3,000 rpm. It has a top speed of 114 mph, CO2 emissions of 351 g/km and a combined fuel consumption of 18.8 mpg.
Both petrol and diesel versions have a towing capacity of 3,500 kg, and petrol models have full-time 4WD, whereas all diesel versions have a part-time system. The part-time 4WD system means you can shift ‘on the fly’ from 2-wheel drive high ratio to 4-wheel drive high ratio, and back at the push of a button. (To select 4-wheel drive low ratio, the vehicle must be stationary).