Premium SUVs are so last year – the popularity of the Dacia Duster has proved that, and SsangYong is hoping to get in on the action with its new Rexton W.
Starting from £21,995 the S model comes with a decent enough standard spec – with seven seats, cruise control and 16-inch alloys wheels as standard.
An extra £2500 brings the top-of-the-range EX in reach, adding leather seats (heated in the front), front and rear parking sensors, side steps and 18-inch alloys. £25,995 will see you driving the automatic version – there aren’t many 7 seat, automatic 4x4s with heated leather that you can buy for this kind of money.
It’s a proper 4×4, too, as SsangYong is keen to point out. Not only will it go off road if you desire – thanks to its ladder chassis, coil sprung suspension and low range gearbox – but it also has a towing capacity of 3 tonnes. That’s a lot.
Of course, the clincher will be how it drives. SsangYongs of the past have been somewhat crude and rivals from Kia and Hyundai do a better job for similar money.
The engine definitely sways more towards rugged workhorse than premium SUV. It’s SsangYong’s own 2.0-litre turbodiesel which produces 155hp and manages a combined fuel consumption of 38.2mpg (36.2 from the auto). CO2 emissions aren’t exactly groundbreaking either, with 196g/km from the manual and 206g/km from the auto.
But this budget 4×4 isn’t about economy or performance – it’s about dependability. It comes with a five year unlimited mileage warranty which suggests SsangYong has confidence in its new SUV.
Will consumers be able to see past the badge and be tempted by this bargain of an off roader? Only time will tell.