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SsangYong Rexton W ELX 2016 review


Overall towcar rating

*****


Key information

  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Year of manufacture: 2016
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Engine size: 2.2litres
  • Solo fuel economy: 38 miles per gallon
  • Towing fuel economy: 24 miles per gallon
  • Kerb weight: 2118 kg
  • Nose weight: 138 kg
  • Body type: SUV

Towcar summary

What's good?

If you're a brand snob, this car isn't for you. Value for money, does what it says on the tin. Loads of goodies for the price - proper selectable 4 wheel drive (you control it), sunroof, nav, economy (we were surprised how good it was lol), rugged looks, boot space. Great video at http://www.ssangyonggb.co.uk/pages/new-ssangyong/rexton-w-details which sums up Rexton ownership very nicely.

What's bad?

Not a lot. It will never handle on the road like a Santa Fe or Sorento but then soft roaders won't tackle the really rough stuff that we encounter on a daily basis. Not the most sophisticated inside (no trip computer) but good to get back to basics.

Would you recommend it?

Yes

Towing performance *****

How well does it tow?

Tows our 1800kg 2016 Delta Ti with ease, rock solid and as good as our previous 62 plate Santa Fe that had self levelling.

Solo performance ****

What's it like without the caravan?

Accept the body roll (ladder chassis design) and drive accordingly on the twisties. As good as our previous Santa Fe on most roads. We leave it in "W" or winter mode which helps economy. More details here http://www.mbclub.co.uk/forums/engine/137448-7g-tronic-tiptronic-user-notes.html

Reliability *****

Anything to look out for?

Nothing. Get over the fact it's not a mainstream rugged SUV and you'll be very happy.

Practicality *****

Is it easy to live with?

Very easy to live with, great driving position and comfort.

Buying experience *****

Did you buy it new or used?

Used

Where did you buy it?

Franchised dealer

What was the seller like?

Bought from Howards Carmarthen. Buying experience can't be faulted.

 

All opinions, facts and figures are those of the reviewer. Caravan Talk accepts no responsibility for accuracy of the content.



14 Comments

Thanks for that review, i was thinking of buying a nearly new shogun but as i will only use it for towing our soon to be new large caravan so the most miles i will do approx 5000 miles a year,i was wondering how good the Rexton 2.2 are,did you try the manual as a matter of interest.

 

Pete

No manual option on the ELX. only on the EX and SE. The EX spec is pretty good anyway, worth checking out on http://www.ssangyong...exton-w-details. According to the MB (Mercedes) forum, the 7-G Tronic auto box is as used on the 2016 S class Merc models ;) . Either way, it's a cracking box and as good as anything I've driven from many of the latest European offerings.

 

FWIW, there's a new Rexton coming to the UK in mid 2017, already previewed at the Paris motor show in October. Although the launch was based on a concept car, rumour has it that it won't be far off the finished item. And the price? £35-36k for top spec - the current Rexton W tops out at £28500 but you can easily add £1-2k of factory extras from the accessory list.

 

To me, the current Rexton is where Hyundai and Kia were 5-6 years ago before the release of the current generation models. I rather like the lack of some items (fuel/trip computer), buttons that you never use etc.. One real omission is the outside temp readout - very useful at this time of year but heh ho, I'll live with it as the Rexton W has so much else to offer.

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Hi Pebble, my 2014 Rexton W has an outside temperature readout. It's the button marked AMB on the fan speed control. Surprising that it's been omitted on the newer model.

 

 One real omission is the outside temp readout - very useful at this time of year but heh ho, I'll live with it as the Rexton W has so much else to offer.

 

Pete, I've got the 2.0 litre Rexton W with a 6 speed manual box. It tows our 1450kg caravan with no problems at all, so I would imagine that the newer 2.2 litre Rexton would be even better.

 

Thanks for that review, i was thinking of buying a nearly new shogun but as i will only use it for towing our soon to be new large caravan so the most miles i will do approx 5000 miles a year,i was wondering how good the Rexton 2.2 are,did you try the manual as a matter of interest.

 

Pete

 

 

Mike.

Thanks for that Mike, I am going to test drive a 2.2 litre hopefully Saturday providing the demonstrator is available.

We've now covered 500 miles on a variety of roads (motorways, A-roads, twisty B-roads) and getting 35mpg. About what we expected really but that was with the auto box set to "W". On B-roads, the box can get caught out as it allows the engine to lug too low and I'm thinking "S" mode would be better for this type of driving. "W" is fine for around town and motorway/A-roads but going to repeat our 400 mile round trip in "S" mode to see if the mpg is any better or worse. As Mrs Pebble says, "any mpg beginning with a 3 is ok" lol. The interior's not built to Kia or Hyundai standards but then again, neither is the price, spec and value for money.

 

The car's going back to the dealer in a week's time for a few niggles to be sorted - steering wheel wobble at 70mph (balance?), droning and vibration from the rear at 70mph (balance again?), steering wheel off centre slightly, DAB side of the radio is non existent, heater fan is very noisy, o/s wiper linkage also noisy, radio volume control on steering wheel has a mind of its own and, very annoyingly, with the heater set to 24 degC, the fascia vents suddenly decide to blow freezing cold outside air at you - the two in the middle of the dash can't be closed off at all and the two outside ones pass air when supposedly closed :angry: .

 

One weird Rexton trait - with the engine running, the DRLs go out when the handbrake's on. Release it and they come back on. Apparently this is normal and many Korandos also do this.

 

FWIW, we got the dealer to fit a dog guard as part of the deal from the SsangYong accessories list, It's made by Athag Ltd (has a "Guardsman" badge on it and Google led me to Athag). SsangYong don't do a divider and neither do Athag but after a trip to Athag this week, they're going to make a one-off divider for us - result ;) .

 

The halogen headlights are akin to a pair of torches strapped to the bonnet, so I've got a set of HIDs to fit in the near future.

 

Overall, very happy with Rex the Rexton - very comfortable after 4 hours driving, stops and goes well, handles ok if you accept it's a big, heavy beast with an old school ladder frame chassis. Dealer also threw in a Witter detachable towbar, rubber floor mats, rubber boot liner, first service and the car already had a few accessories already on it like the front & rear skid plates and rear camera.

 

Happy days :D .

 

Mike - Mrs Pebble has the car for two days so I'll have to check out this "AMB" button when she's back.


pete260, on 08 Dec 2016 - 3:07 PM, said:pete260, on 08 Dec 2016 - 3:07 PM, said:

Thanks for that Mike, I am going to test drive a 2.2 litre hopefully Saturday providing the demonstrator is available.

 

Who's the dealer Pete? Would it be Auto Village at Cheltenham? Drop me a PM if you want to know my reason for asking ;) .

 

Let us know what you think after the test drive ;) .

Yes that is the dealer,and thanks for the review very informative,i am also going to have another look at the Hyundai Sante Fe because working for the public sector we get up to 20 per cent discount,but they quote a lower towing weight than the Rexton and Shogun,i will keep you posted how i get on.

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Pete - have sent you a PM ;)

We've now covered 500 miles on a variety of roads (motorways, A-roads, twisty B-roads) and getting 35mpg. About what we expected really but that was with the auto box set to "W". On B-roads, the box can get caught out as it allows the engine to lug too low and I'm thinking "S" mode would be better for this type of driving. "W" is fine for around town and motorway/A-roads but going to repeat our 400 mile round trip in "S" mode to see if the mpg is any better or worse. As Mrs Pebble says, "any mpg beginning with a 3 is ok" lol. The interior's not built to Kia or Hyundai standards but then again, neither is the price, spec and value for money.
 
The car's going back to the dealer in a week's time for a few niggles to be sorted - steering wheel wobble at 70mph (balance?), droning and vibration from the rear at 70mph (balance again?), steering wheel off centre slightly, DAB side of the radio is non existent, heater fan is very noisy, o/s wiper linkage also noisy, radio volume control on steering wheel has a mind of its own and, very annoyingly, with the heater set to 24 degC, the fascia vents suddenly decide to blow freezing cold outside air at you - the two in the middle of the dash can't be closed off at all and the two outside ones pass air when supposedly closed :angry: .
 
One weird Rexton trait - with the engine running, the DRLs go out when the handbrake's on. Release it and they come back on. Apparently this is normal and many Korandos also do this.
 
FWIW, we got the dealer to fit a dog guard as part of the deal from the SsangYong accessories list, It's made by Athag Ltd (has a "Guardsman" badge on it and Google led me to Athag). SsangYong don't do a divider and neither do Athag but after a trip to Athag this week, they're going to make a one-off divider for us - result ;) .
 
The halogen headlights are akin to a pair of torches strapped to the bonnet, so I've got a set of HIDs to fit in the near future.
 
Overall, very happy with Rex the Rexton - very comfortable after 4 hours driving, stops and goes well, handles ok if you accept it's a big, heavy beast with an old school ladder frame chassis. Dealer also threw in a Witter detachable towbar, rubber floor mats, rubber boot liner, first service and the car already had a few accessories already on it like the front & rear skid plates and rear camera.
 
Happy days :D .
 
Mike - Mrs Pebble has the car for two days so I'll have to check out this "AMB" button when she's back.

 
Who's the dealer Pete? Would it be Auto Village at Cheltenham? Drop me a PM if you want to know my reason for asking ;) .
 
Let us know what you think after the test drive ;) .



Hi Pete
The w mode that you appear to be running around in is the winter setting for when you have snow, and sets off in 2nd gear rather than 1st (or the highest gear possible) don't know if you should run around in that setting normally.

The out of balance that your experiencing with your tyres may well correct itself after a few thousand miles as it will be as a result of the car being ratcheted down to much on the ship from Korea, I had the same problem and the dealer changed my tyres which only had 30 miles on them but said if it was going to be an ex demo or one that the staff were using the tyres normally correct themselves prior to it being sold to a customer.

The outside temperature is displayed when you press the amb button near the fan speed button.

Are you sure that you have selected the correct option from the radio settings for DAB radio their is 1 that says tuner and 1 that says dab ( I didn't find this at first) but once I found the correct icon I had no problems.

The other strange thing that found was the tyre pressure monitoring system does not show the correct pressures until you see the four wheels light up on the dashboard display if they are all green they are ok but once that has lit up you press and release the trip reset button it will display the front tyre pressure press again and the rear pressure will be displayed.

I have only had my car for 2 months and it has done just over 2100 miles but I have to say I am impressed with the car.

Kind regards
Doug

Thanks for the info Doug. The car's now done 11k miles so was hoping that the tyre issue would have settled down by now.

 

As for using "W" for normal driving, I took the advice on the MB forum after someone did extensive testing http://www.mbclub.co...user-notes.html

Thanks for the info Doug. The car's now done 11k miles so was hoping that the tyre issue would have settled down by now.
 
As for using "W" for normal driving, I took the advice on the MB forum after someone did extensive testing http://www.mbclub.co...user-notes.html



Thanks for the info I will have a read.
Have any of you joined us in online Ssangyong Owners Club?
Totally free and good advice through their Forums.

Geoff
shipbroker, on 11 Dec 2016 - 02:53 AM, said:

Have any of you joined us in online Ssangyong Owners Club?
Totally free and good advice through their Forums.

Geoff

 

About a week before we got the car Geoff ;) .

If you're a brand snob, this car isn't for you. Value for money, does what it says on the tin. Loads of goodies for the price - proper selectable 4 wheel drive (you control it), sunroof, nav, economy (we were surprised how good it was lol), rugged looks, boot space. Great video at http://www.ssangyong...exton-w-details which sums up Rexton ownership very nicely.

Click here to view the towcar review

 

I am no snob and would consider one.  If I could afford one !

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Just a quick update as far as mpg goes. Just done a 450 mile round trip taking in a mixture of motorways (100 miles), A-roads (150miles) and the rest made up of twisty and hilly B-roads.

 

Brimmed the tank and got an impressive, to me anyway, 39.8 mpg. As most of our journeys are like the above, I'm more than happy with the mpg. Will see how things go in the next few weeks but anything >35mpg will do me :) .

 

Hoping next week to get the car on a weighbridge and see how close (or far) the kerb weight is in reality.