2008 Ssangyong Rexton | new car review

Posted on Nov 2, 2006 by

The Rexton is a five-door SUV which is now more in sync with the real world. This is so because given the penchant for Korean manufacturers to design vehicles which are, at most times, either over the top or considearbly way behind the rest of the world in terms of stylistic expression.

The Rexton now looks the part and is equally as happy cruising urban streets and motorways as it is sand-blasting as a work-horse or leisure vehicle.  To be honest, it is much suited to remain on tarmac rather than roam the great outdoors. Depending on the model it will seat up to seven passengers. The Rexton offers reasonably high standards of appointment, adequate performance, handling that is reliable and without fuss. Off-road capability is yet again adequate and one would really think twice before venturing off the black tops.

It can be configured to seat seven people all facing forwards, or as a five-seater for more luggage space.

Styled by ItalDesign of Italy, the Rexton has undergone few changes for the 2007 model year. Subtle changes to the external styling see a new front end with new bumpers and lights. Its flared wheel arches and integrated foglamps add to the look to give it a definite up-market feel. The overall profile is a strong, stylish, purposeful yet understated front end, which will stand the test of time.

Inside there are enhancements to the dashboard design and functionality, an electrically adjusted driver’s seat is standard, and rear cabin ventilation has been improved with new individual air-conditioning vents. The dashboard design is functional with clear dials and few controls and is logically laid out in an entirely gimmick-free zone. There is a multitude of cubby-holes and storage spaces to hold anything from CDs and maps to spare change and sunglasses.

Like all models, the Rexton uses a 3.2litre Mercedes-Benz sourced V6 powerplant that makes 219 bhp and 312 Nm of torque. A 4- speed automatic transmission is standard fare. A Borg Warner full-time 4WD system featuring the latest torque-on-demand technology for uncompromising on and off road performance is used.



Body Type


Price (in AED)


Engine (litre)


Power (bhp)


Torque (Nm)




Also look at: Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento


Post Review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *