SsangYong Rexton SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2
Economy and emissions are unremarkable, but warranty support is solid
By today's SUV standards, the fuel economy of the SsangYong Rexton isn't anything to write home about, but it compares well with the pickups and commercial vehicles that use a similar mechanical arrangement, and which make up a lot of its real-world competition.
SsangYong Rexton MPG & CO2
Five seat versions of the SsangYong Rexton return 36.2mpg with the six-speed manual gearbox, dropping to 34.8mpg with the seven-speed automatic gearbox. Seven seat versions are a little heavier, and this has an effect on fuel economy – manual cars drop to 34.8mpg and the automatic dips to 34.0mpg. During our test an automatic seven-seater managed 32.6mpg, which is pretty close to SsangYong's claims.
CO2 emissions are rather higher than those of the Rexton's SUV rivals, ranging from 208g/km for the five-seat manual to 218g/km for the seven seat automatic. This places every model in the most expensive Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) bracket, which means company car tax may be more costly than some rivals, even though the taxable (P11D) value of the car is lower.
As every model costs less than £40,000 to buy, annual road tax will cost £140, although the first year's tax (payable when the car is registered) is a steep £1,200. This is built into the Rexton's on-the-road list price.
Insurance is likely to be relatively pricey across the Rexton range. Every model is placed in insurance group 35, which compares to group 20 for top models of Hyundai Santa Fe, and group 25 for the range-topping Kia Sorento.
However, it's a slightly lower insurance group than the Nissan Navara pickup, which faces a group 36 rating.
The Rexton requires servicing every 12,500 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. Minor and major services are performed alternately.
The seven-year/150,000-mile warranty SsangYong provides in the UK is unusually generous. Hyundai's policy has a five-year/unlimited mileage duration, and can't match the scope of SsangYong's, which includes the brake discs and clutch components for a year or 12,000 miles. Replacing SsangYong's previous five-year warranty from October 2018, owners who have bought a Rexton since its launch last year can retrospectively upgrade to the seven-year warranty for free.