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. Woodgrain trims have largely been replaced with metallic finishes, for a more contemporary look that's more fashionable. The central pod, containing the infotainment controls and flanked by a pair of air vents, is smart but fairly traditional; more SUVs have widescreen 'floating' displays now.
Perhaps the biggest impression is made by the leather finish cladding the lower half of the dashboard, which is nicely stitched and feels good to the touch. Ultimate models even have Nappa leather upholstery for a more upmarket look and feel. Only the top part of the dashboard lets the side down, with rattly, lightweight plastic used in places where fingers rarely roam.
The digital instrument cluster is attractive too, adding a welcome high-tech feel. The various selectable pages of driving data are clearly presented, and the C-shaped speed and rpm graphics are reminiscent of BMW's. Where fitted, navigation instructions are repeated on this display and can be made virtually full screen, but we do wish the display was slightly brighter.
Reinforcing the Rexton's value-for-money credentials is the high level of standard equipment fitted to the two models available. They’re called Ventura and Ultimate, and it's the entry-level car that stretches your money the furthest.
Ventura models come with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus the 12.3-inch instrument cluster. It’s relatively simple to use, with straightforward graphics that manage to avoid looking too basic.
There's also a standard reversing camera. Cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, electric windows, Bluetooth and air-conditioning are all standard, along with synthetic leather seats that are heated for front and rear passengers.
Moving up to Ultimate specification grants you Nappa leather seat upholstery and adds a nine-inch display with TomTom sat nav. There's also a powered tailgate, a 360-degree camera view, LED 'mood lighting' and extra safety features.