2014 SsangYong Rexton | new car review

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 by
2014 SsangYong Rexton
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  • Rated 3 stars
  • Good
AEDAED 95,000 - 105,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 75%
  • Interior
    Editor: 60%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 70%

Review Summary:

The Rexton is a car that isn’t very popular in the Middle East, but a name that we have heard many a times in the past. Currently in its second generation, the mid-size Korean SUV goes up against the likes of its Kia Sorento cousin, in an attempt to win customers over.

Pros

From the first generation model, it's grown up and flourished into something a lot prettier.

Cons

The interior is a massive let down to the an otherwise acceptable car.

Looks

Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, the second generation Rexton is merely an evolution of a familiar design. Pulling through the awkward years of puberty, the 2014 SsangYong Rexton is definitely the best yet, with its sharp headlamps, clean contours and LED infused tail lamps. While it may not be as eye-catching as its Korean cousin, it surely isn’t the black sheep of the family, either.

2014 SsangYong Rexton side

Feels

Unlike the exterior that has undergone a significant transformation from the first generation model, the interior of the 2014 SsangYong Rexton comes off as excessively archaic. While wood trim adorns the steering wheel and dashboard, the cabin simply lacks the refinement, fit and finish found in the Sorento. With space for seven individuals and a reasonably sized boot to accompany, the Rexton offers sufficient room for families and their weekly grocery runs.

2014 SsangYong Rexton interior

Engineering

Although the 2014 SsangYong Rexton may not be anyone’s first choice when venturing onto the dunes, it is equipped with a low-range gearbox and Hill Descent Control: a feature that is sure to make coming down larger dunes a little safer, albeit, a little slower too. Assuming braking duties once the downward gradient exceeds 10%, the Rexton ensures a slow and steady movement down, leaving the driver to only worry about steering.

2014 SsangYong Rexton front

What’s on offer?

Mated to an E-tronic five speed automatic transmission that was built in partnership with Mercedes-Benz, is a 3.2 litre V6 engine that puts out a reasonable 217 horsepower. Claimed to have a top speed of 184 km/h, the Korean SUV is fairly practical too, sipping 14.1 litres of fuel for every 100 kilometres covered on the road.

2014 SsangYong Rexton interior

Summing it…

The 2014 SsangYong Rexton isn’t a bad vehicle on any count; it seats seven, packs in a low-range gearbox and even comes with cruise control and a Kenwood audio system. But if it’s all starting to sound a little too good to be true, then that’s because it is. With a price tag that starts at AED 95,000 and climbs to AED 105,000, the Rexton demands a sum that is AED 10,000 greater than the Kia Sorento; now that requires some thought…

2014 SsangYong Rexton rear

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