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Why Lease The Rexton?

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SsangYong Rexton Review 2024

The SsangYong Rexton has recently entered the SUV market and stands out as a noteworthy contender, particularly in the UK, where SUVs are increasingly popular. At first glance, the Rexton impresses with its robust and commanding presence, which SUV enthusiasts often love.

Rivals to the SsangYong Rexton include the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe.

Our SsangYong Rexton review covers:

SsangYong Rexton Key Features

  • Robust and commanding exterior
  • Spacious and well-appointed interior
  • 872 litres of boot space and 1,806 litres when all the rear seats are flat 
  • One engine available: 178hp 2.2-litre diesel
  • Four trim levels are available: Ventura, Ventura Plus, Ultimate and Ultimate Plus

SsangYong Rexton Pros and Cons:


  • Towing Ability
  • Off-Road Capability
  • Spacious and Comfortable Interior


  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Not the quickest 
  • Driving in Urban Areas

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The Rexton's design exudes a robust and assertive aesthetic, a feature that immediately garners attention. The front fascia is dominated by a striking grille flanked by sleek headlamps, giving it a commanding road presence. The overall body lines are clean yet muscular, presenting a contemporary look that balances elegance and ruggedness. This design language extends to the rear, where the tailgate and lighting elements complement the SUV's sturdy character. Inside, the cabin is thoughtfully laid out with a focus on comfort and functionality. The use of quality materials and finishes in the interior enhances the sense of refinement, making it both inviting and durable.

SsangYong Rexton Exterior

Practicality is a key strength of the Rexton. Its spacious interior comfortably accommodates passengers, offering ample headroom and legroom in both the front and rear seats. This makes it an ideal vehicle for families or those who often travel with multiple passengers. Furthermore, the Rexton is equipped with various storage compartments and practical features, adding to its utility. The vehicle's ability to handle a variety of driving conditions – from city roads to off-road terrains – is also a testament to its practical design. Its four-wheel-drive capability ensures a reliable performance in diverse environments, making it a versatile choice for different lifestyles.

When it comes to boot space, the Rexton stands out in its class. The cargo area is generously proportioned, offering 872 litres of space and substantial room for luggage, shopping, or equipment for outdoor activities. This space becomes even more versatile with the rear seats folded down, providing an expansive 1,806 litres that can accommodate larger items with ease. This level of boot space is particularly appealing to those who need a vehicle that can handle the demands of family life, hobbies that require a lot of gear, or even business needs.

Interior and Trims

The interior of the new SsangYong Rexton is a harmonious blend of comfort, style, and functionality, designed to meet the expectations of modern SUV buyers. Upon entering the Rexton, one is immediately greeted by a spacious and well-thought-out cabin. The use of quality materials throughout the interior imparts a feeling of durability and sophistication. Soft-touch surfaces, combined with aesthetically pleasing trim elements, create an inviting atmosphere.

Attention to detail is evident in the layout of the dashboard, which is both user-friendly and visually appealing. The controls are intuitively placed, allowing for easy access and minimal distraction while driving. The central infotainment system boasts a clear and responsive touch screen, seamlessly integrating connectivity and entertainment features like satellite navigation, smartphone integration, and audio systems.

In terms of technology, the Rexton is equipped with an array of modern features. These may include climate control, advanced driver-assist systems, and a comprehensive digital display that provides all the necessary vehicle information in a clear, easy-to-read format.

Four trim levels are available: Ventura, Ventura Plus, Ultimate and Ultimate Plus.

The Ventura variant of the Rexton comes impressively equipped. It features amenities like a heated steering wheel, electronically adjustable front seats, LED headlights, a digital instrument display measuring 12.3 inches, and keyless entry. For safety, it includes a hill start assist, autonomous emergency braking, and a system to monitor driver fatigue.

The enhanced Ventura Plus offers synthetic leather seats with both heating and ventilation in the front, power adjustments, a chrome-accented grille, and LED lights for both the headlights and brake lights, along with side steps. The interior boasts woodgrain detailing, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, cruise control, and an automatically dimming rearview mirror. Additional features include rain-detecting wipers, parking sensors at both ends, 18-inch diamond-cut alloys, an eight-inch infotainment screen with a rearview camera, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, and a heated steering wheel.

The Ultimate trim level is comprehensive, offering nearly all available features for the Rexton. Externally, it distinguishes itself with bright xenon headlights, tinted windows, and 20-inch polished alloy wheels. Inside, the premium quilted leather seats offer heating, ventilation, and electronic adjustment with memory settings for the driver. The infotainment system is upgraded to a 9.2-inch touchscreen with TomTom navigation, smartphone mirroring, and a 360-degree camera view. Other luxuries include a powered tailgate, ambient interior lighting, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, keyless entry, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Safety enhancements include lane change assist, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, along with the standard autonomous emergency braking and traffic sign recognition.

At the pinnacle is the Ultimate Plus, the most premium offering. This model exclusively features 20-inch alloy wheels, a 3D parking camera, and a sunroof. The interior is adorned with an all-black theme, quilted Nappa leather and suede upholstery, sun blinds for rear passengers, and air conditioning for the third row, elevating luxury and comfort to new heights.

Power and Performance

SsangYong offer the Rexton with a sole engine option, which is a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel unit churning out a respectable 202 horsepower (bhp) and a hefty 441Nm of torque. This translates to decent acceleration, especially at lower revs, making cruising effortless whether you're navigating city streets or tackling uphill climbs. While it might not offer the adrenaline rush of a high-performance sports car, the Rexton boasts ample grunt for most driving situations.

The diesel engine's low-end torque shines on motorways, providing enough pep to overtake slower vehicles with ease. The standard four-wheel drive system adds another layer of confidence, letting you tackle light off-road excursions with aplomb. For even trickier terrain, the Rexton throws in a low-range transfer box, making it a surprisingly capable off-roader.

SsangYong Rexton Interior

Behind the wheel, the ORA 03 truly shines in urban environments. The suspension effectively absorbs road bumps, and the steering feels light, enabling easy manoeuvring in tight spaces. While acceleration might be sluggish from a standstill, the car becomes quick and responsive once it gains momentum. However, when driving at motorway speeds, significant wind noise becomes noticeable, which can be bothersome during long journeys.

Overall, the ORA 03 serves as a valuable addition to the family car market in the UK. It offers a high-quality and spacious alternative to more traditional brands, excelling in various aspects. However, it falls short in terms of boot space and motorway driving experience, which may be considered as drawbacks when making a purchasing decision.

Leasing vs Buying

Don't expect neck-snapping acceleration – the Rexton prioritizes practicality over blistering speed. It's more about effortless cruising and confident handling than adrenaline-pumping races. That said, it's no slouch either, providing a comfortable and capable driving experience for everyday needs and weekend adventures.

Overall, the SsangYong Rexton is a solid, well-rounded SUV that delivers on multiple fronts and makes an excellent leasing option.