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SsangYong Rexton SUV - Reliability & safety

Safety equipment is generous, and its popularity as a tow car suggests it's robust

Carbuyer Rating

2.8 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.

This means we have no specific data with which to evaluate reliability for the brand. Previous seven-seat models have found favour among private-hire taxi companies, which must say something about their ability to reliably do high mileages. However, anecdotally, 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.

Top Ultimate models also have blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert, while ELX models and above have additional side knee airbags for second-row passengers to complement the side curtain airbags and those for the front two seats. ISOFIX mountings are provided for the two rear outer seats.

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