SsangYong Motors Ireland has launched its latest model, the SsangYong Rexton W. The Rexton W joins the Korean brand’s current model line-up that consists of the Korando, Korando Commerical, Korand Sports pick-up and the Rodius.
The Rexton W is a four-wheel drive SUV, available in three variants, Commercial, Business Edition (five seater) and Limited Edition (seven seater), with prices commencing from €34,119 for the commercial model. They are all powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that produces 155hp and 360Nm of torque.
This engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, a five-speed tiptronic automatic transmission is available optionally. For off-road driving the Rexton W is equipped with a low range to transfer the torque equally between the front and rear axles. Some of the standard equipment includes, hill descent control, cruise control, climate control, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated seats and rear parking sensors.
The level of equipment onboard is satisfactory, there’s sufficient space too for all occupants. We had a brief test drive in the Business Edition model, with an automatic transmission (€41,377). This variant has seating for five people and is eligible for commercial road tax due a number of factors including the size of its cargo area. With this functionality together with a 2.6 tonne towing capability, the Rexton W can fulfil a number of commercial and leisure activity roles.
The diesel engine provides sufficient power and is responsive throughout the rev range. The spaciousness and comfort is hampered by a harsh ride with very little damping evident from the Rexton W’s suspension. The car’s body sits on a chassis as opposed to the more widely used monocoque structure. SsangYong has designed a smart looking SUV that’s functional, although it’s more of a workhorse then a refined SUV.
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