SsangYong Rexton ELX: long-term take a look at evaluation
Financial system: 26.7
The SsangYong Rexton’s time on our fleet is now sadly at an finish. It’s been all about lengthy journeys, and the mileage crept over 8,000 miles whereas on a latest week-long track-day tour in France.
The large SUV is at its greatest on easy Autoroutes. It simply eats up the miles with the engine close to silent on the authorized restrict and little wind noise; it’s an ideal automotive to journey lengthy distances in. The trailer is steady and barely noticeable, and I used to be grateful for the cruise management and icy air-con in the course of the latest heatwave throughout Europe. Greater than as soon as we used the Rexton as an area to actually relax.
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Our Rexton ELX is the seven-seat model, however the rearmost set was folded flat inside the first week and was hardly ever lifted once more, as we took benefit of the large 1,806-litre load area. It swallowed a set of wheels, race package, instruments and spares, plus the storage underneath the parcel shelf took smaller gadgets, akin to a European journey package, a brolly and protecting clothes.
What number of wheels and tyres are you able to get in a Rexton? With the center seats additionally folded flat we managed 16, with area for just a few extra to be stowed.
The cabin is a nice place to be, too, with Apple CarPlay and loads of driver aids, together with velocity restrict signal recognition, automated emergency braking and lane departure warning. We quickly turned off the latter characteristic as a result of it was steadily triggered when driving on the agricultural roads the place I reside.
The supplies inside are fairly good as nicely in contrast with earlier variations of the Rexton, however the heavy use did see some marks showing. I put a rubber mat within the load space to guard the carpet, which was fluffing up in some areas, and the tailgate inside panel picked up just a few marks from rubbing on package within the boot.
I’m not based mostly within the Auto Specific London workplace, so I’ve not used the Rexton for the every day commute, however not each journey has been with the automotive loaded with tyres, instruments and a trailer. With simply me within the automotive the Rexton’s shortcomings are revealed – notably the journey, which advantages from a bit of additional load to dampen its excesses.
The 4×4’s separate chassis development was by no means going to match rivals such because the Skoda Kodiaq, however there have been instances on poor roads when it has been a trial. On half-decent surfaces every thing is fairly nicely damped, however hit a pothole and the automotive shudders and struggles to settle. On a cross-country journey on A and B-roads it could actually actually begin to grate.
The opposite fundamental irritant is the gearbox, which smacks of outdated tech from the primary time you drag the lever by the staggered gate. It prefers to do nothing rapidly, which incorporates shifting from drive to park. It’s additionally sluggish off the mark and utilizing the small lever on the shifter to pick out gears manually is ineffective. Nonetheless, it’s easy and the switchable 4WD set-up will go well with these venturing off highway.
We’ve no complaints in regards to the engine, which is nicely matched to the duties this type of car can be requested to deal with, together with towing as much as 3,500kg.
Gas economic system is respectable, though my figures are skewed by many miles lugging a trailer with a full load contained in the automotive as nicely. For the reason that final report I’ve managed 26.7mpg, which compares favourably with the 32.6mpg achieved by the highway take a look at staff whereas unladen. I additionally appreciated the 400-mile-plus vary on my lengthy journeys.
I’ve had no issues with the Rexton over greater than 8,000 miles, other than a puncture and a substitute windscreen after a lorry ‘bombed’ me. Autoglass fitted the display screen, however SsangYong must recalibrate the around-view digicam when the automotive returns. I topped up the oil with round half a litre over these miles, too.
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Our SsangYong Rexton is proving to be a little bit of a combined bag…
Financial system: 32.6mpg
A few of the extra eagle-eyed Auto Specific readers could have noticed that our SsangYong Rexton was featured in a latest group take a look at. As Kim Adams, our merchandise editor and the person who’s operating the Rexton, isn’t in our London workplace fairly often, not many different members of the staff get to drive his automotive. Our highway take a look at was a very good alternative for me to take the wheel once more for the primary time shortly.
Though the Rexton got here third within the take a look at behind the Skoda Kodiaq and Peugeot 5008 it was dealing with, I stay impressed by it in some ways, and ending behind these two class-leading SUVs is hardly a damning indictment.
Firstly, the big 9.2-inch infotainment display screen is best than you’d count on. Its interface and graphics are trendy, plus its Android Auto works rather well with my telephone. Construct high quality is spectacular as nicely, and the spacious inside means the Rexton fulfils its transient as an enormous household automotive.
Driving to and from the take a look at location, which was a three-hour journey every means, meant I had loads of time to suppose in regards to the SsangYong’s journey and dealing with, and it’s right here that there’s nonetheless loads of room for enchancment. Kim charges the automotive extremely for towing, however with out the burden of a trailer the Rexton’s journey is a letdown.
It bounces and jitters always and by no means settles down, which is tiresome on an extended journey. It’s fidgety on the motorway, and turns into even worse when driving on the town, regardless of the comparatively small wheels and enormous tyre sidewalls on the model on our fleet.
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Financial system: 29.4mpg
As an iPhone consumer, I used to be happy to see Apple CarPlay among the many many options on our SsangYong Rexton. The interface is intuitive and the voice recognition works nicely for touch-free calling, however I’ve found that the set-up is just not excellent. Whereas I respect with the ability to use Spotify and BBC iPlayer Radio by the system, my sat-nav app of selection, Waze, is just not an possibility.
I can’t get on with Apple Maps and I choose the community-based visitors alerts of Waze. It may be used on the telephone with flip directions performed by the sound system as a substitute, however if you happen to’re listening to the DAB radio it interrupts the programme. Annoyingly, it doesn’t return to it and the station must be chosen once more.
TomTom has lengthy been an Auto Specific take a look at favorite and it’s constructed into the top unit, however it lacks visitors alerts. That limits its usefulness; the principle cause I run sat-nav is to keep away from jams.
On a latest lengthy journey I additionally found that the USB socket is just not fairly as much as holding my iPhone 7 Plus absolutely charged. I might use a extra highly effective adaptor within the 12V socket – however then you definately lose CarPlay performance. Nonetheless, there’s sufficient energy to make sure the telephone didn’t die even on an eight-hour run from Spa, Belgium.
And it’s on that type of drive that the Rexton has actually made its mark, notably when towing my Lotus Elise. On respectable roads the journey is easy, and the engine quiet and greater than as much as the duty. There’s additionally area for spares, instruments and race package. Nevertheless, the trim is displaying indicators of damage, so I’ve added some safety as I’ve obtained a lot extra journeys deliberate over the approaching weeks.
First report: SsangYong Rexton
New SsangYong Rexton SUV joins our fleet, promising an enormous step ahead
Financial system: 29.1mpg
You could possibly just about perceive the know-how and tools on the previous-generation SsangYong Rexton in a few minutes. However after I collected this all-new mannequin – which we’ll be operating for the subsequent six months – I used to be glad of a supplier handover from Essex SsangYong, in Witham.
As salesman Stuart Cornell handed me the keys and went by the automotive’s options, it turned clear simply how far the Rexton has moved on.
The obvious change inside is the 9.2-inch head unit show, which permits split-screen viewing and has DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and TomTom sat-nav. And as my job typically entails powering a number of devices on the identical time, I used to be happy to see twin 12V retailers alongside a USB port on the sprint.
We’ve but to discover all of the choices, however the sprint show will be switched between driving info, sat-nav directions or your selection of tacho and speedo. We did play with the options for the indicator sound; though none of them actually appeals, no less than the amount will be adjusted.
Whereas exploring all of the choices, I turned off the lane departure warning, as a result of residing within the nation and driving rather a lot on rural roads means frequent pointless alerts in any other case.
On the transfer there’s visitors signal recognition, which has up to now confirmed very correct, recognizing even small velocity restrict indicators, plus short-term ones positioned on the verge round roadworks.
The latest wintry climate enabled me to strive the four-wheel drive, as a result of the summer season tyres have been struggling to manage, in RWD mode, with the snow-covered hill out of the cul-de-sac the place I reside. All-wheel drive is selectable with a twist of a knob and simply obtained the automotive up the incline. Had we not been on the verge of spring, I might have been tempted to change to winter or all-season tyres, even on a 4×4.
The Rexton could also be loaded with all method of digital wizardry, however that chilly snap additionally led me to my favorite characteristic: the heated steering wheel. Even after the snow melted I stored it switched on to heat my chilly fingers after being outdoors. The wheel, mixed with the heated entrance and rear seats, plus dual- zone air-conditioning, helped to maintain the cruel climate’s results at bay.
With such a formidable line-up of normal package on our ELX mannequin, it’s no shock that our choices record was quick. We added the metallic paint (though I’m not satisfied by the Sabia Beige end but) and a tow bar to take my numerous racing vehicles across the nation.
I’ll be discovering out if the massively improved spec has taken the Rexton away from its hard-working roots on a continental towing journey quickly.
*Insurance coverage quote from AA (0800 107 0680) for a 42-year-old residing in Banbury, Oxon, with three penalty factors.