SsangYong Rexton SUV - Interior & comfort
The Rexton's attractive interior impresses if you don't look too closely
In many ways, the interior of the Rexton impresses more than any other aspect. While previous cars from the brand have always felt robust and hardy on the inside, they've never been especially appealing to sit in. Even if a few scratchy materials can still be found if you look a little harder, the Rexton makes quite a strong initial impression, and is a pleasant environment to travel in. It even provides a very comfortable driving position.
SsangYong Rexton dashboard
With the latest Rexton, SsangYong can proudly boast a dashboard that's at least as attractive as many of its rivals. The woodgrain finish that runs across the passenger and gear selector is tasteful – its matt surface doesn't glint in the sun like gloss might, an looks fairly convincing to boot. The central pod, containing the infotainment controls and flanked by a pair of air vents, is smart and modern, too.
Perhaps the biggest impression is made by the leather finish that clads the lower half of the dashboard, which is nicely stitched and feels good to the touch. ELX and Ultimate models have a diamond-stitched effect that matches the 'quilted' leather seating surfaces, but the plain finish of the entry-level EX is arguably more attractive. Only the top part of the dashboard lets the side down, with rattly, lightweight plastic used in places where fingers rarely roam.
The instrument cluster is attractive, too, and its central colour information display adds a welcome high-tech flavour. The various selectable pages of driving data are clearly presented, and there's a natty animation when you start the car. Where fitted, navigation instructions are repeated on this display, and lane departure warnings are shown here, too.
Reinforcing the Rexton's value-for-money credentials is the high level of standard equipment fitted to every model. Three trim levels are offered, EX, ELX and Ultimate, and it's arguably the entry-level car that stretches your money the furthest.
EX models come with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus MP3 playback. It’s relatively simple to use, with straightforward graphics that manage to avoid looking too basic. This also provides a display for the standard reversing camera. Cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, electric windows, Bluetooth and air-conditioning are all standard, as is a handy 220v power supply.
Moving up to ELX specification grants you bigger 18-inch alloy wheels than the 17-inch EX items, and introduces leather seat upholstery and heated seats for front and rear occupants. It also adds a colour information display to the instrument cluster, and gives you dual-zone automatic climate control and a heated steering wheel.
Range-topping Ultimate models are distinguished by 20-inch alloy wheels, and have xenon headlamps and LED cornering lights. Additional features include a powered tailgate, ventilated front seats with a driver's electric memory system, an LED 'mood lighting' system and an 'all round view' parking assistance system.
The only optional extra for the SsangYong Rexton range is metallic paint, at £600.