SsangYong Rexton

Ultimate automatic

SsangYong Rexton, 2021, front
SsangYong Rexton, 2021, side
SsangYong Rexton, 2021, rear
SsangYong Rexton Ultimate, 2021, interior
SsangYong Rexton Ultimate, 2021, badge
SsangYong Rexton, 2021, boot

THE SsangYong Rexton was given a major makeover back in March 2021 with lots of improvement being made to the Korean company's largest SUV.

Available in three trims the new model is priced from £37,995 to £40,665 but you do get a lot of metal for your money.

The seven-seater delivers now has bolder looks as well as a smart new interior as well as its ability to carry a vast amount of stuff.

The rear and middle row seats fold easily to create a massive 1806 litres of loadspace that you can reach via a powered tailgate that opens automatically when you need it.

Alternatively you can carry up to seven people and still have 240 litres of boot space available for golf clubs or the weekly shop.

The Rexton is large by any standards and has real road presence and the result is that the driver has a commanding view of the road.

Power is provided by a new 2.2-litre turbo diesel mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and they work extremely well together.

There is good acceleration throughout the range, with the 202PS available providing a top speed of 114mph, while the sprint to 62mph takes 11 seconds - not bad for a vehicle of this size.

It is a hefty beast at 2180kg but it can still average an impressive 32.9mpg, with tailpipe emissions of 225g/km.

Adding to the versatility, a simple twist of a dial allows the driver to choose between two-wheel drive or two all-wheel modes.

The 2WD is ideal for normal on-road driving as, powering the rear wheels, it enhances acceleration and superior steering performance over more usual front-wheel-drive systems.

A 4H mode is great for more slippery conditions or off-road use, while 4L is ideal for when conditions get rough or maximum 3.5-tonne towing capacity is required. There is also a choice of eco, power or winter drive modes.

I sampled the top Ultimate model at £40,665 which boasted Nappa leather seat upholstery, some attractive patterned metallic detailing and a balance of soft-touch and durable plastic finishing.

This Rexton is well specced with a heated steering wheel and heated seats throughout, while the front pair are also ventilated.

A configurable 12.3in driver's screen gives access to a wealth of important information, including navigation, while the centre console houses a 9.2in infotainment screen.

The 3D around-view system is a bonus to help you park this big customer in some tight spaces.

Other features included keyless entry and start, auto lights (including high beam) and wipers, and dual zone air con.

A plethora of driver safety and aid functions include driver attention alert, lane change and rear cross traffic collision warnings and trailer sway control - the list is extensive.

You will certainly notice the Rexton thanks to its muscular looks, large deep grille, chrome detailing and large diamond-cut alloys, attractive light clusters and dual tailpipes.

The big car drives and handles well enough but as it is based on a pick-up chassis the ride can be a big bouncy at times and is not as refined as many of its rivals.

FAST FACTS

SsangYong Rexton Ultimate automatic

Price:£40,665

Mechanical: 202ps, 2.2-litre, 4cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via 8-speed automatic gearbox

Max Speed:114mph

0-62mph:11 seconds

Combined MPG:32.9

Insurance Group:30

C02 emissions:225g/km

Bik rating:37%

Warranty:7yrs/unlimited miles

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