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SsangYong Rexton W (2013-2017) Review

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heycar review

      Launch year
      2013
      Body type
      SUV
      Fuel type
      Diesel
heycar editorial team

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Practical, rugged yet dated SUV

Best bits

  • Good value for money
  • Reliable diesel engine
  • Capable tow car

Not so great

  • Poor on-road manners
  • Interior felt dated when it was new
  • SsangYong lacks the image of premium rivals

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Overall verdict

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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

"As with previous generations of the Rexton, the 2013 model retains its all-wheel drive and ladder-frame chassis, much like a Land Rover Defender, but quite unlike a Land Rover Defender, prices started from £21,995 when new. That even gets you seven seats and a generous amount of kit, which makes it a lot of 4x4 for the money."

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Admittedly, the layout is old-fashioned and drab, with an uninspired centre stack and dull-looking plastics, but there is a new soft-touch dash covering. What’s more, everything feels pretty durable and, for this price, you’d hardly expect Audi-style panache and execution.


It's a lot of SUV for the money even when compared with traditional value for money rivals like the Kia Sorento or Mitsubishi Shogun and alongside the Jeep Grand Cherokee, it's very cheap. 


All models get selectable low and high range all-wheel drive and that paired with the ladder frame chassis makes the Rexton W a genuinely capable off-roader. Snowy roads, damp field or a rutted track should be no problem at all. However, for most, on-road manners matter more than off-road ability and in that regard the Rexton is unremarkable. Its low-geared steering feels a little ponderous and can be disconcerting for the first few miles. There’s also noticeable body roll at higher cornering speeds.


It’s not all bad though. The ride quality is acceptable over rough roads while refinement, although far from brilliant, is fine. The engine grumbles away audibly but wind noise is minimal. There’s nothing unbearable about the way the Rexton W drives, there’s just nothing to get excited over.


All Rexton W models come with a decent level of standard equipment, including cruise control, air conditioning, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, heated door mirrors, plus safety gear like hill descent control. Upper EX models, priced from £24,495 when new, get extras including rear parking sensors, leather upholstery and electrically adjustable seats.


The options list has a few tempting items, like a dealer-fit tow bar and electronics - the Rexton W has a 3000kg braked tow weight rating so it's ideal for towing. Indeed caravan owners are a key market for SsangYong.


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

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SsangYong Rexton W steering wheel

On the inside

SsangYong Rexton W driving

Driving

SsangYong Rexton W off road

How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification