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Five-speed gearbox is one of best around 2.7 feels like it will run and run quality leather interior as Massive load area rear seats folded

Low-slung rear differential off-road ability Simply too big for use about town Steering too light and imprecise Some cabin plastics spoil good interior

SsangYong may not be the familiar manufacturer to British but thanks to the Rexton, the South company is sure to get noticed not least because this is one of the most imposing vehicles on our Dwarfing even other it is not a car for people who like to stay in the The Rexton isn’t just for though.

Explore what behind the hulking exterior and pleasant surprises await.

of those surprises come up in a Mercedes-shaped parcel. Both the turbodiesel engine and the superb T-Tronic automatic are sourced Mercedes. They provide a strong starting point which SsangYong attaches a 4×4 drivetrain with and low ratio gear settings, a hoard of standard equipment and carrying capabilities.

In short, the Rexton offers an lot of metal for the money. Happily, not a lot of awful metal, for this is a capable conveyance particularly to towing duties. Indeed, who owns a horsebox, caravan or trailer is at the top of SsangYong’s list of buyers.

The Rexton’s appeal is by no unique. The Kia Sorento and Hyundai offer marginally superior performance owing to their ground clearance, but neither of can match the Rexton’s road auto gearbox or kit list how many other off-roaders a full leather interior, control with air purifier and alloy wheels even on models yet look down on a BMW X5 in physical terms at least.

of the Rexton’s strengths also rise to its weaknesses. It is simply too to cope easily with streets. Finding a parking bay for a monster is like trying to the elephant’s graveyard. Steering is too for British tastes and with selected, fuel consumption alarmingly (in two-wheel-drive mode it is

The relative anonymity of the badge may the Rexton to sell at a bargain but it also robs it of the cachet many 4×4 buyers are for. It’s ironic many Mercedes M-Class will turn their up at the Rexton; unaware that the rhinoceros exterior is a very beast.

Our verdict on the SsangYong 270 Xdi

As a niche product, the Rexton prove a success. It is well fully equipped and unusual to turn heads. The country set warm to it as a part-time workhorse and people carrier but buyers for a basic, no-frills off-roader or all-frills posewagon will elsewhere.

Buy one and you’ll certainly be


Insurance banding is presumably because in a collision short of a Sherman tank come off far worse. Joking the Rexton is surprisingly affordable and it the usual trend by having its engine — the 2.7 — as the in its range. Fuel economy of 30mpg is respectable in its market and the underlying mechanicals feel

Despite the expected positive from SsangYong, it’s that the lack of a premium will cause second-hand to be weak when it is time to

Space and practicality

The Rexton has so space, you might expect to see orbiting inside. High, and even fairly handsome, and huge windows, it has one of the least cabins of any car on the road today. rear seats still in there is a large load

Fold them down and is genuine pickup or van-rivalling available, certainly enough for a few of hay or crates of farm-grown produce.

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Driver, passenger and side are fitted to all models — not bad at all at price. Another important feature is ABS with ESP. a large, heavy vehicle tremendous momentum so needs an braking system.

The Rexton has

Driver appeal

Off-road, the cuts a decent dash it exhibits less ground than might be expected of a protruding rear differential and steer clear of rocky On road it is happiest wafting motorways. When corners are for it is weakest, with a tendency to That’s hardly surprising its tall sides. In all conditions, the feels too light, delivering little in the way of feedback to the driver.

Be warned that activating the low gearbox setting may help you inaccessible peaks but it will cause the fuel tank to with alarming speed.

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One of the most surprising about the Rexton is that it very well constructed. Far Eastern offerings with one eye on the SUV market produce the worst of worlds — a vehicle low build quality and appalling dynamics. This is not true of the

Perhaps it’s down to the elements, but it feels far classier it has any right to.


Doors are and the prospect of the spacious interior lures passengers inside. people will struggle the significant step up required to the Rexton. Naturally, the step again is equally vertiginous. The door is easy to open if heavy and gives access to a warehouse of potential storage

A separately opening tailgate section is an optional extra but is so up it is probably surplus to most requirements.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

To its SsangYong does fit a CD radio to the when some makers with the next-to-useless cassette Sourced from an external it does not match the rest of the It is also difficult to operate numerous small buttons.

quality isn’t bad (one can hear an echo from the window) but anyone serious his or her music will have a system fitted. Satellite is a cost option

Huge area offers plenty of space

Colours and trim

The range is split between S model only), SE and SX trim Additionally, vehicles can be specified to seven rather than The list of optional extras is but tempting, featuring items as privacy glass, dual air and an electric sliding sunroof integral blind.

Leather is standard on SE and SX models. The 290 is offered in S trim which cloth seats. All other come with a hugely list of standard equipment.

a black paint job, the looks very ‘mean’


Spare wheel

is a proper 4×4 so forget weedy space savers or of repair mousse. A full-size spare is slung under the ample rear. Nothing would safely take a huge weight and the demands of drive.

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