This is the second generation of Rexton to be offered as a light commercial and it benefits from a host of improvements over its predecessor; internally, externally and under the bonnet.
The sole engine option is a five-cylinder Mercedes-Benz (SsangYong has been co-operating with the German company for nearly 20 years) 2.7-litre common rail turbodiesel which is capable of producing 165hp at 4,000rpm. A hefty peak torque of 340Nm makes its presence felt at 2,400rpm. A little high up the rev range, but is one of the reason’s that the Rexton can tow a braked trailer up to 3,200kg gross. SsangYong has thoughtfully built-in the necessary wiring for the fitment of a digi-tachograph if required.
The rear wheels are driven via a five-speed manual gearbox, but should road conditions require four-wheel drive torque is fed through to the front wheels automatically. The system is called TOD (Torque on Demand) by SsangYong. There is no low-range option. It does, however come with ABS, ESP, ARP (Active Roll Prevention) and Hill Descent Control as standard.
Although externally larger than the Kyron, Rexton has a slightly smaller load space at 2.3m3, but a significantly higher 740kg payload. Access is via the rear side doors or the top-hinged tailgate; all the glass is blacked-out for extra security and load-tie rings are fitted.
As far as cab comfort is concerned Rexton does not disappoint. Like the Kyron there’s a high specification for the money with remote central locking, an alarm, electric windows and mirrors (folding), auto climate control and a Kenwood six-speaker RDS radio/CD player with steering wheel controls.
Servicing intervals are a tad too frequent at 10,000 miles, but the Rexton C-S comes with an excellent five-year/250,000 mile mechanical warranty.
A lot a 4x4 for the money although the ride and steering could be better.