SsangYong’s managers speak the truth about the current Rexton’s undeniable propelling years. It’s extensive, evaluated like a hatchback and amazingly tough, yet the simple 4×4 has just gotten the odd nip and tuck in the wake of propelling in 2003. An overabundance of more present day SUVs have touched base since that feature its status as a motoring dinosaur.
The Korean auto creator’s recovery is going full speed ahead, be that as it may, with new models, for example, the Tivoli indicating SsangYong has what it takes to run toe-to-toe with brands in Europe. Presently it’s the turn of the all-new Rexton, which we’re driving first in Korea in front of UK deals in October.
The outline has proceeded onward for the new Rexton, and keeping in mind that styling is constantly subjective, to our eyes it dons a much cleaner and more upmarket look than before.The more keen lines can’t mask its sheer size, however – that massive back shade is a result of it being 15cm longer and 13cm taller than a Hyundai Santa Fe.
Hop inside and the primary thing you’ll see – separated from the noteworthy space on offer – is the immense stride up in quality. The old auto’s dated switchgear and utilitarian plastics clear a path for a shrewd, Tivoli-enlivened dash plan, sensible design and inviting cluster of delicate touch materials. Truth be told, it’s effortlessly keeping pace with the Santa Fe for fit-and-wrap up. Anybody acquainted with what SsangYong was making only five years back will be shocked how far things have enhanced inside.
The unit and tech is a world away, as well. Base autos come genuinely all around named, however our Ultimate model is stuffed to the rafters with a 9.2-inch touchscreen sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, knitted cowhide, warmed and cooled memory situates, and even an around-see camera. There’s a full suite of dynamic and autonomous security tech tossed in, as well – highlights that were incredible in SsangYongs just several years back. Subsequently, the Rexton is not any more the deal get it used to be, with our Ultimate auto ordering a £3,000 premium over a best spec Skoda Kodiaq.
The Rexton is accessible with five or seven seats from dispatch, despite the fact that we were just ready to attempt the five-situate variant. There’s heaps of headroom for the second column and tolerable legroom, while we’d be astonished if there wasn’t more space in the discretionary third line than you’ll discover in a Kodiaq or Kia Sorento. Five-situate models advantage from an enormous 820-liter boot, however.
In spite of SsangYong continuing with a body-on-outline development – a plan that you’ll just truly observe on pick-ups and devoted wilderness rompers nowadays – the new model is impressively stiffer with much more high-quality steel than some time recently. It remains an extremely solid tow auto therefore, blending it with the far pricier Land Rover Discovery with its 3.5-ton braked trailer restrain.
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The drawback of body-on-outline autos is that they once in a while coordinate the ride and dealing with gauges set by the unibody development of most present day SUVs. The Rexton, in spite of being a major change on the wayward active auto, is the same. More often than not the ride is delicate and very much damped, while wind and street clamor aren’t discernible. Be that as it may, hit a sharp knock and shivers are still felt through the body and guiding section. The directing itself is ease back to respond to inputs, as well, while push hard in the curves and the Rexton feels overwhelming with recognizable body roll.
In any case, for those after a tough workhorse with enough solace for the family, it strikes a better than sufficiently average harmony between on-street levelheadedness and what will probably be relentless rough terrain ability.
The new 2.2-liter diesel offers satisfactory execution and amazing refinement, as well, just getting to be noticeably boisterous higher in the rev band. That is fine, on the grounds that the Mercedes-sourced seven speed auto gearbox is more cheerful relaxing, being moderate to kick-down and sending revs taking off under hard quickening. The greatest worry for some will be productivity – those removed between an appropriate roader and a SUV won’t be influenced by the auto Rexton’s asserted 35mpg figure.
Demonstrate: SsangYong Rexton e-XDi220 Ultimate
Motor: 2.2-liter 4cyl diesel
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
0-62mph: 11 seconds (est)
Top speed: 115mph
Economy/CO2: 34.8mpg, 213g/km