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The all new seven-seater Ssangyong Rexton has all the qualities of a full-sized SUV.

30 Aug 2019


It isn't a big surprise to many if you mention how Ssangyong's unique designs have been rather brave in the last decade. And the Rexton, the South Korean manufacturers' flagship SUV, is no exception.

Ssangyong says the design of the latest generation Rexton is inspired by the Parthenon, an ancient temple of the Athenian Acropolis of Greece.

The Rexton is Ssangyong's flagship SUV, and has a design language that's rather bold and appealing

Clearly, one of the major influences from said temple has to be its sheer size.

Sizing up everyone

At 4,850mm long, 1,960mm wide and 1,825mm tall, the sizeable Rexton trumps the other Korean seven-seater SUV, the Hyundai Santa Fe.

But to compare the Rexton against soft-roading SUVs could be a tad unfair, as the Ssangyong you see here is built on a ladder frame chassis - think Toyota Fortuner.

From tip to tip, the Rexton is quite a large and imposing SUV

Thankfully, safety assistance features like Lane-Keep and Blind-Spot Assist help to ensure that you're able to keep the car within the lanes.

Big size on the inside

With its sheer size, the Rexton proves to be roomy on the inside. It is also complimented with a good mix of soft touch plastics, and comfort features like ventilated seats and dual-zone air-conditioning.

The interior is surprisingly well-fitted and roomy, thanks to its large footprint

The second row remains to be spacious, too. We like the fact that there is an actual power plug in the second row, although a travel adaptor is need since it is a South Korean C-type plug.

But despite the roominess in the first and second row, the third row proves to be a squeeze. It'll do well for short trips, but the high floor (thank the ladder frame chassis for that) means it is best suited for pint-sized adults and kids.

And if you're not looking to ferry two in the back, drop the third row flat and you'll get 692 litres of boot space.

More on-road SUV


With all the qualities of a full-on off-road capable SUV, the Rexton isn't a four-wheel drive SUV.

No serious off-roading for this Rexton, as power is sent to its rear wheels only

Instead, powering the rear wheels is a 2.0-litre turbocharged lump that's good for 222bhp and 350Nm of torque. The figures aren't all too shabby, and is capable of moving the 2,010kg car around.

The big Rexton doesn't feel slow off the line, and is particularly brisk around town. In fact, the car feels a lot faster than the stated 12-second century sprint timing.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged lump is good for 222bhp and 350Nm of torque, and is surprisingly lively for the weight it has to move

Should I buy the big 'Rex?

At $179,888 (as of 29 August 2019), the Rexton's price might be a tough pill to swallow. This includes a $20,000 surcharge, as it sits in the C2 band of the Vehicular Emissions Scheme.

The Thai-built Toyota Fortuner is a tad cheaper at $177,988, but it does attract a higher annual road tax due to its bigger 2.7-litre engine.

As Greek as it gets, the Achilles' heel of the Rexton boils down to how much it costs

Still, price aside, there is no doubting that the Rexton is an honest, well-equipped SUV that is certainly worthy of consideration. You just have to look past the badge.
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Car Information

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Ssangyong Rexton 2.0 7-Seater (A)
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Price

: $179,888

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1998cc

Horsepower

:

166kW (222 bhp) / 5500 rpm

Torque

:

350 Nm / 4500 rpm

Transmission

:

6-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

12sec

Top Speed

:

185km/h

Fuel consumption

:

9.6 km/L

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