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  • Launched in 2017
  • SUV
  • Diesel
  • Launch year
    2017
  • Body type
    SUV
  • Fuel type
    Diesel

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Appealing budget seven-seater SUV

Best bits

  • Lots of car for the money
  • Seven-seat cabin and surprisingly good quality
  • Great off-road and when towing

Not so great

  • Feels rather agricultural on the road
  • Fuel economy and emissions aren’t great
  • Entry-level car misses out on seven seats

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SsangYong Rexton Side Front View

Overall verdict

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"Everyone likes a bargain, and on the face of it, that’s exactly what the Ssangyong Rexton gives you. It’s an absolutely enormous seven-seater SUV, yet it costs the same as a mid-range Volkswagen Golf. How’s that for value for money? "

SsangYong Rexton Side Front View

That’s not where the Rexton’s list of talents ends, either. It’s also pretty nice to look at, and it has a nice interior, lots of interior space, a massive boot, lots of equipment, an intuitive and easy-to-use infotainment system, a strong diesel engine and very passable on-road refinement. So, where’s the catch?


Well, we’d love to tell you there isn’t one, but we’d be fibbing: there are one or two sacrifices you have to make. The first, and the for that matter, the biggest, is on ride comfort. That’s not to say that the Rexton is an uncomfortable car - that would be harsh - but it could do a whole lot better on that score.


The issue is that the car uses a ladder-frame chassis with its bodywork bolted on top, and that’s the sort of low-tech construction technique that you usually find on pick-up trucks rather than conventional modern road cars. It means that you constantly feel shakes and tremors through the whole structure of the car, no matter what sort of surface you’re on, and that gives the ride a distinctly unsettled feel.


The handling is less-than-ideal, too. There’s lots of body lean, even in relatively slow corners, and you don’t have to be going too fast to have the tyres chirping, struggling to keep this enormous, heavy machine going in the right direction. It’s not helped by slow, vague steering, either.


Perhaps the biggest pity with the Rexton, though, is that it’s not as great on value as it once was. You see, you need the seven-seater version for it to really make sense, and when it was first released, the entry-level EX version gave you the extra chairs. That made it really temptingly priced next to other seven-seaters. As time has gone on, though, the EX has been made five-seat-only, so the cheapest seven-seat version is now the mid-range ELX. 


This is considerably more expensive, and as a result, doesn’t look like such great value. That said, if you’re buying used and you find an early EX, you could be getting a real bargain. Our advice? When hunting down an EX, check under the boot floor for concealed chairs before buying.


While the Rexton only does a disappointing job in a couple of areas, and does a more-than-acceptable job in most others, there’s one area in which it truly excels: towing. Its colossal weight isn’t great news for its efficiency, but it does help give the car a maximum towing weight of 3.5 tonnes, which is huge. Standard on-demand four-wheel drive and a low-ratio gearbox also make the Rexton pretty good in the mud. If that sounds good to you, then it’s definitely worth a look.


If you're looking for the older version, you need our SsangYong Rexton W (2013-2017) review.

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Is the Ssangyong Rexton right for you?

If you need a big seven-seat SUV that’s really well equipped, and you want as much metal as you can get for your cash, then the Ssangyong Rexton is difficult to beat. Yes, you have to make some sacrifices in dynamic polish to get it, but for many, that’ll be a sacrifice well worth making.


Where the Rexton is even more difficult to beat, though, is if you’re a member of the towing fraternity. Whether you’re pulling speedboats, horseboxes or kebab vans, the Rexton will do it more effectively than most other cars on the market. That’s thanks to a maximum towing weight of 3,500kg, which is a figure not many cars of any price can match.


What's more, if you need your speedboat or kebab van (or more likely, your horsebox) to be pulled across a muddy field, the Rexton’s on-demand four-wheel drive and low-ratio gearbox should have that covered, too.

What's the best Ssangyong Rexton model/engine to choose?

There would’ve been a time when we would’ve urged you to go for the entry-level EX car, because it was very temptingly priced, came with the same engine as the rest, had enough luxury kit to be getting on with and it offered seven-seat practicality.


 However, while most of that remains true today, the EX has since become a five-seater-only deal, which removes much of its appeal. Unfortunately, it also means the cheapest seven-seater now costs thousands more, meaning it's not all that much cheaper than some equivalent rivals. Even so, we still think you need seven seats in your Rexton, and you’ll want an automatic gearbox, too. So, go for the 2.2 ELX Auto.

What other cars are similar to the Ssangyong Rexton?

Aside from huge cars like the BMW X7, Mercedes GLS and the Range Rover, there aren’t too many cars as enormous as the Ssangyong Rexton. However, while all those motors sit worryingly close to the six-figure mark on price, and sometimes even overstep it, the Rexton doesn’t cost you too much more than a mid-spec Volkswagen Golf.


It’s by no means the only affordable seven-seat SUV, though, so it’s not like it’s completely without rivals. Two of them hail from Ssangyong’s own homeland of South Korea, those being the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento. Meanwhile, the SEAT Tarraco and Skoda Kodiaq will also be in the running for your cash. If you want rugged, the Mitsubishi Shogun Sport might fit the bill.

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SsangYong Rexton Driver's Seat

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Driving

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