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SsangYong Rexton SUV - Reliability & safety

Safety equipment is generous, and its popularity as a tow car suggests SsangYong Rexton problems are rare

Carbuyer Rating

3.3 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.8 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

3.5 out of 5

SsangYong SUVs and pickups are generally fairly simple in their design and construction, and have earned a following for being robust and mechanically tough. Although the Rexton’s engine is a SsangYong design, the automatic gearbox was designed and previously used by Mercedes.

SsangYong Rexton reliability

SsangYong hasn’t recently featured in our Driver Power owner satisfaction survey – its cars sell in relatively small volumes, though this has recently increased as the model range has grown broader.

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This means we have little data with which to evaluate reliability and common SsangYong Rexton problems. Previous seven-seat models have found favour among private-hire taxi companies, which must say something about their ability to reliably cover high mileages. Anecdotally, SsangYong owners are a pretty satisfied bunch and are generally happy with the level of service provided by their dealers. This goes some way to explain why they're often bought as tow cars or capable workhorses.

Safety

The SsangYong Rexton hasn’t been tested for crash safety by independent experts Euro NCAP. However, it does boast a fairly long list of standard safety equipment, which includes autonomous emergency braking and collision warning, as well as lane departure warning.

Ultimate models also have blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert, while Ventura models have nine airbags. ISOFIX mountings are provided for the two rear outer seats to make fitting a child car seat easy and safe. There's also a system to help prevent a swaying trailer, which is reassuring given the Rexton's ability to tow large caravans, horseboxes or boats. 

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