Ssangyong Rexton

3/5
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Verdict

The Ssangyong Rexton used to be a common sight on Irish roads. It used to be seen driving around with a horsebox or trailer usually attached. This is because it could carry a massive load. Then 2008 came and Ssangyong was no longer available in Ireland. With their exit from the Irish market and the high road tax which was associated with their vehicles, the Rexton became a less visible. During 2013 Hino Harris in Dublin brought Ssangyong back to Ireland and with the hint of green shoots coming through, it appears that their timing could not have been better.

Performance

The older Rexton was powered by Mercedes-Benz engines. The current model is fitted with a new Ssangyong-built 2000cc RX200e-XDi engine. On paper this offers 155 PS and is available with a 5-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox. Depending on what gearbox you opt for the Rexton offers a maximum speed of 173 to 175 km/h and maximum torque of 360Nm at between 1,500 and 2,800rpm. This machine has a kerb weight of nearly 2,000 kg and the engine does well to carry that weight around.

Ride & Handling

This is a massive machine and therefore it would be only reasonable to expect a certain amount of body roll from it. The body lean is there, but it’s able to cope well-enough with it. It soaks up smaller bumps in the road with ease but as you approach larger potholes you would do well to steer around them because they’re not dealt with as easily. The steering is also slightly on the vague side.

Refinement

The Rexton excels in the refinement department. The interior is nicely padded and considering the size of this vehicle you would expect more road and win noise to seep through. The engine can be loud when put under pressure to get to the 120 km/h on the motorway but this is common in most cars, especially when their powered by diesel engines.

Quality & Reliability

The interior space is extremely comfortable and the seats feel like armchairs to sit in. The inside feels much like an older Mercedes vehicle. Our test model had no touchscreen but this didn’t impede on the appearance. The infotainment system in the vehicle is basic and very simple to use. While there is nothing ultra-modern about the dash board it is presented nicely and the plastics don’t feel overly cheap. The steering wheel controls are easy to operate too. The back row is comfortable and if you opt for the seven seat version you will find seats six and seven to be well-presented too.

Safety & Security

The Ssangyong Rexton has not undergone a Euro NCAP test. What we do know is that this vehicle is equipped with Electronic Stability Programme or ESP. This system controls the electronic brake-force distribution, the brake assist system, the traction control, the active rollover protection and the antilock braking system.

Space & Practicality

As a commercial vehicle the Ssangyong offers good space for smaller businesses who do not need a larger van. As a family vehicle the space is excellent. The area to the front is large and head and leg room throws up no issues. The same can be said for row two and three adults could fit in here with some degree of comfort. Even row three would take two adults but it would be best suited for children.

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Key Facts

Make

Ssangyong

Model
Rexton
Variant
Ssangyong Rexton Commercial 4WD Manual
Car Category
SUV
First Launched
2014
Engine (L)
2.2
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
SUV
Price New
€37,495
CBG Expert Rating
3.0

Running Costs

Tax
€750
Tax Band
E
L/100km Combined
7.0
Average km/L
14.3
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
80
Fuel Tank Range
1143 km
Cost of filling a tank
€97.52
Average Cost Per 200 km
€17.07
CO2 emmissions
184 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
178 bhp
Max Power kW
133
Displacement - CC (Engine)
2157
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Driven Wheels
4x4
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
192 (km/h)
L/100km Urban
8.70 L
L/100km Extra Urban
6.00 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
SUV
Doors
5
Seats
2
Boot capacity
1338 L

Warranty

All Components
5 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
5 Year warranty
Mileage
5 Year Roadside Assistance

Dimensions

Boot capacity
1338 L
Wheels
All wheel drive (4x4)
Tyre size front
235 mm
Tyre size back
235 mm
Rim size
7.0J x 16; 7.5J x 18 mm
Length
4755 mm
Width
1900 mm
Height
1785 mm
Wheel Base
2835 mm
Front Track (mm)
1785
Rear Track (mm)
1570
Kerb weight
1984 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2710
Turning circle (m)
11.4

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, longitudinal
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Double wishbone
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
178 bhp
6 Variants
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SUV
€37,495
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €750
  • Boot Capacity 1338 L
  • Engine Size 2.2 L
  • Power 178 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 0.0 s
  • New Price €37,495
SUV
€40,495
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €1200
  • Boot Capacity 1338 L
  • Engine Size 2.2 L
  • Power 178 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 0.0 s
  • New Price €40,495
SUV
€41,995
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €750
  • Boot Capacity 1338 L
  • Engine Size 2.2 L
  • Power 178 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 0.0 s
  • New Price €41,995
SUV
€45,495
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €1200
  • Boot Capacity 1338 L
  • Engine Size 2.2 L
  • Power 178 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 0.0 s
  • New Price €45,495
SUV
€49,995
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €750
  • Boot Capacity 1338 L
  • Engine Size 2.2 L
  • Power 178 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 0.0 s
  • New Price €49,995
SUV
€57,995
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €1200
  • Boot Capacity 1338 L
  • Engine Size 2.2 L
  • Power 178 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 0.0 s
  • New Price €57,995