Driving the new Rexton Ultimate
Driving the new Ultimate and it’s extremely nice to drive and rides well. So much cheaper than the market leaders, which are no more reliable these days. If your a Toyota badge snob you’ll pay a lot more and it won’t tow like the Rexton, you don’t even know your towing most of the time. Engine and transmission are efficient and super quiet. The Rexton has so many extras for the price and a 7 years nationwide warranty and roadside so you have piece of mind all over the country.
Purchased in January 2020.
Dont believe the recent fake whitewash reviews
On the surface and on paper the car seems great. They look good and seem good value. But in reality it falls far short.
The vehicles clearly arent designed for australian conditions.
Ive owned many vehicles over the years and as a professional mechanic they are like a ford. Fix or repair daily. Only problem being, if you dont have an equipped workshop on hand at all times and your out in the sticks chances are most options are ruled out and its a tilt tray ride to the nearest big city ssangyong dealer.
Yes you pay a ton more for a Toyota, (i...
By far the most reliable car I have owned
2005 2.7 ltr diesel owned since new and had for 15 years is by far the the most reliable car I ever owned .only let down is the lack of service /dealers knowledge & back up. Hence why have done services and all repairs myself .
Towed duel axle 19 foot caravan & off-road 4wding including doing the skytrek with ease.
Will be sad to let it go but only replacing as decided after 15 years of Trouble free motoring was time to upgrade to a new rexton ultimate
Would highly recommend to anybody. And a very under rated car.
Purchased in August 2005.
I'm so glad SsangYong is back in Australia, they are Great Cars !
Over the years I have owned quite a few SsangYong Vehicles, including 4 Rexton's, 1 Musso, 2 Kyron's, 1 Korando and even 2 Chairman Limousines. I have always been impressed with the build quality, comfort and reliability of these vehicles. I even enjoy the styling somewhat. I currently drive a 2009 Rexton 2.7L Diesel, which has the rare US Tremec Manual 5 speed gearbox and 7 seats. The finish and quality is very nice and performance and economy are great. A lot of people think they are made in China and confuse them with Great Wall's, but these...are premium made Korean Vehicles. Shop around for a good mechanic and servicing can be quite cost effective. One guy quoted me $3000 to change the fuel pump when vehicle would occasionally stall after driving for 15 minutes. Turned out to be a Crank Sensor and I replaced it myself in 5 minutes for $60. Another time I was quoted $4500 for a new Turbo, when it was only the DPF needed cleaning. I did it myself for $20. Don't get suckered in to paying huge money for repairs. Common problems on these vehicles are usually Crank Sensors, Cam Sensors etc, which are cheap to replace yourself. They can also get a faulty seal on the fuel cap, which can trigger a Check Engine Light or even Limp Mode. Minor things, that once you know what to look for, cost very little, if anything to fix.
Purchased in July 2019 for A$5,300.00.
SSangong Rexton Tow Car review 2019 model
After 8 weeks of purchasing our 2019 Ssangong Rexton and 8000klm of Highway driving and lots of Towing I can report the the Rexton has surpassed my expectations. On a recent 1100klm return caravan trip towing a 2000kg Adria twin axle Caravan with an average cruise speed of 90 klm per hour we returned a average fuel consumption of 14.4 liters per 100 klm(excellent economy) the 2.2 litre DIESEL motor does not struggle at all as the power is available from 1500rpm and it cruises at around 1700rpm at 100 klm per hour, on a recent 600 klm trip mos...tly highway 110klm per hour cruise without the caravan I returned 8.3 liters per 100klms,, not bad for a 2 tonne car,The build quality seems very good , no rattles or squeaks, the cabin is very quiet, and the seats very comfortable (heated and cooled) on a long drive with lots of seat adjustments available, The only negative about the car is that the suspension is not up to the task in particular when towing as was to soft, However I have upgraded to the Iron man 4x4 performance suspension(available at your dealer) and that has made all the difference, the car now handles beautifully, in particular when towing feels very stable and confident on the road. This car is wider than a Ute based SUV so lots of space inside and no rubbing shoulders.So in summary if your thinking about a new Ssanyong Rexton, go for it, 7 years warranty , 7 years road side assist, 7 years fixed price servicing and a 3.5 tonne towing capacity, leather seats with a huge list of standard features all for under 50k,(ELX model) its hard to beat,, go for the 18inch wheels, much better ride, we purchased ours from Stephanie at Powell motor group Hobart. Up Date 4/09/20 just completed a 710klm trip with caravan and fuel consumption has improved to 13.1 litres per 100 klm, no issues with car now have 12000klm on clock. Up Date 27/11/20 Just ticked over 20,000klm in six months so lots of work for this car 50% towing and one issue has popped up, The rear brake pads have worn out prematurely due to the electronic park brakes not being set correctly, This issue was picked up by my dealer at the 15000 klm service and new brake pads were installed and electronic park brakes were re set to the correct setting, This was done at no cost to me as was covered under warranty, So well done to my dealer for picking this up as i was unaware of the issue. Apart from that small issue it has been faultless,,
Purchased in June 2020 at POWELL MOTOR GROUP for A$47,000.00.
Good equipment levels and build quality but let down by ride and fuel economy
We traded in our 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe highlander on a new Ssangyong Rexton Ultimate in September 2019. We were attracted to the rexton for it’s towing ability (3.5t), having 7 seats and being a 4WD. The interior in the rexton is impressive with quilted leather heated and cooled ventilated front seats, sunroof and multimedia touch screen with android auto and Apple CarPlay. We were aware when we did the test drive that the ride was firm but thought this would become better with time and relatively normally for a 4WD. Whilst the ride is fine...on the highway on other roads with slight bumps, potholes and corrugations the ride is very unsettled and shakes the whole vehicle. The Santa Fe was very smooth in comparison. The Rexton is fine towing our Jayco Swan outback. You do notice the weight of the camper when towing despite it only being 1800kg (approx. half of what it’s rated for). The fuel economy when towing is about 13.5 l/100km and around town in the 12s which is very high compared to the Santa Fe which got in the 10/11s towing and 9s around town. There are a few other niggles that my wife has discovered who mainly drives the car including sometimes the electric boot coming down randomly when loading and you need to jump out of the way ( very dangerous because it doesn’t stop if you’re in the way), the keyless door entry sometimes takes a while to recognise the key (most frustrating in the rain), the spare wheel, whilst full size, has the nice chrome side pointing downwards which is subject to scratches and chips from road debris and something else I just noticed when using Apple CarPlay was when I plugged in my iPhone the Cars multimedia screen when black and I had to unplug to get it back. In addition to the above there is a noticeable lag in the acceleration but once the turbo kicks in it’s pretty sprightly. I’m think of get an iDrive unit to see if this helps with the initial lag. We haven’t taken it 4WD yet so I can’t comment on how good it is as a 4WD but by others accounts it is quite capable.
Purchased in September 2019 at Cricks Ssangyong Sunshine Coast for A$52,000.00.
- Rexton Y200 II / Y285 II RX270 Automatic (2008-2012)
- Verified purchase
Miss it a lot
In 2012, our family decided to buy a new car that could accommodate all our needs, we needed a large SUV for our growing family. We went out one day to our local car dealers and came across a 2008 SsangYong Rexton RX270xdi Sports. Was something I had never seen before, after taking a decent look at it, we took it for a test drive and fell in love with it (thanks to the previous owner who kept the car in pristine shape). This was the base model but still came with quite a few goodies for the price the previous owner had paid (less that RRP) whic...h included a decent sound system, side steps, roof rails, a DVD player for rear seat passengers, rear air vents which went all the way into the third row with their own fan speed controls, brake assist and electric and heated side mirrors. This car also drove beautifully with not much turbo lag, great ride and handling and decent fuel economy with an average of 9l/100km from its 5cyl 2.7l turbo Diesel engine which made a respectable 121kw and 340nm which was pretty good for a car of this era. The AWD system was excellent and there wasnt much to fault about this car. In the time that we have owned the car, we did around 130,000km since 2012 (total of 190,000km) without it missing a beat. Servicing costs were also pretty low which was surprising as the car was fitted with Mercedes Benz running gear. The car aged incredibly well, all the paint still looked pristine minus a few tiny scratches and the interior held up extremely well. This car had been apart of the family and was truly loved and looked after. At around 180k km, we started to notice a problem with the AWD system being stuck in the wrong setting, although the setting was manually adjustable, we switched it over but it still wouldnt go into the correct setting. At first we thought it was nothing but then it never went away which was partly our fault for not doing anything about it. $1,600 latter, it was fixed. After this, we had no problems with the vehicle at all but then sadly we had to let it go as it got written off. This was hard as this car had brought so many lasting memories. If anyone was considering buying a SsangYong, I would highly recommend one.
Purchased in November 2012.
The bargain family SUV
My wife and i set about searching for a second car, she was after 7 seats and i was looking for a future tow tug. Her heart was set on a Ford Territory but reading some reviews here and test driving revealed it to be a clunky falcon on stilts with even poorer fuel economy. Then i descovered the Ssangyong Rexton. After reading plenty reviews and weighing up its quirks there was no doutb id found the right family car. We bought an 07 xdi with 82k on the dial for $3k cash which is outstanding considering what else with similar specs are selling fo...r... When you overlook brand snobbery the Rexton just stacks up for value. New car reviews focus on the negatives, the new car driveway price vs what you could buy with similar coin but now on the used car market they totally exceed. Like any diesel you must check the cars history, Rexton must be serviced every 15k and any workshop will carry this out. Parts are available or can be found online.
Purchased in March 2019 for A$3,000.00.
- Rexton Y200 II / Y285 II SX (2014-2016)
- Verified purchase
Over 90 cars, and finally found the best
After 3 &1/2 years of trouble free (65000Klms) of reasonably hard driving, and having owned over 90 cars of varying types and makes, I firmly believe I have found my ideal vehicle.
My wife and I drive our Rexton "W" almost daily, with weekly trips to Melbourne of over 600Klms, this fantastic vehicle has not missed a beat.
We have tow our 17&1/2 foot caravan and boat with ease, most of the time hardly knowing they're on the back. Fuel consumption is a constant 7.5 L/per/Klm normal/mixed driving, and 9.5 L/p/k when towing.
Performance from t...
- Rexton Y200 II / Y285 II RX270 Limited (2006-2008)
- Verified purchase
Very good vehicle.
Usually only two people ride in our vehicle, but twice a year on holidays we have seven riding well, used for general family use, shopping, outings, holidays, would be driven three times a week at least, wonderful to ride in, driving is excellent, reasonably cheap to own and run, nice quiet 4WD.
- Rexton Y200 II / Y285 II RX270 XVT SPR (2008-2012)
- Verified purchase
Hello Mr Ssangyong (Double Dragon)
After many Rexton's, I have now designed the best Rexton for you!! SPR with the independent rear end with a Dobbinson lift kit, the Mistsi Turbo 2700cc 5 cylinder and with 5/6 speed manual or with the new 8 speed Merc Auto transmission. Yes and do a dual cab with a 1000 kg back end. You will sell a shed load, all very reliable and great fuel economy. The biggest problem with SsangYong Australia was you did not believe in your own product. Dirt poor after sales service!!
Drove the rest and bought New Rexton
The negatives- No reverse camera, GPS or after market nudge/Bull bar, Space saver spare tyre for 4x4!!!
The good- Very comfortable, great fuel economy 35 mpg plus, handles well on the highway, great in the sand and tows well for a 2l diesel. Very easy to DIY service, most parts available on Ebay, I save on labour and use the best oils and parts. I took advice from some of the European blogs and dropped the huge central muffler out of the system sounds much better still quiet and you can really feel the difference with performance. (Still not...a V8). I got a 5 year extended warranty. Like all vehicles the dealers are the main problem. If you have problems and the dealers will not fix, bag the crap out of them on social media and name names as I have had Holdens, Merc's, Toyota's and it is always the owners fault not the car!!! There are lemons with every brand. I have had all 3 series of Rexton's the best is RX270 XVT SPR which my son has now with lift kit and his huge tyres and goes every where cheaper and more comfortable than the $80k plus cars. Yes I'm a Double Dragon (Ssangyong) fan, 3 Rextons, 1st series Korando, Kyron and Musso. I will be waiting for the next 2018 Rexton with the merc seven speed auto and their 2.2l. Happy motoring.
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Well it's been 2 years of family usage my daughter withe my new grandson have adopted the car ...it has hardly faulted ...only throwing up a limp home fault which was actually due to lack of routine engagement of the low range gearbox option. It was sticking and failing to engage. A number of continued selections exercising the solenoid cured the problem.. 3 years of brilliant motoring. So happy.
December 6th 2018 Update: Still running fine
Update on my silver Rexton 2.7 automatic. It's now about three years since I bought it , lent it t...o my daughter and it's now driven by my son in law . It has done 307,000 KMs without skipping a beat other than a complete screw up by the servicing garage who damaged the vaccine tube to the turbo and had to fix it under warranty. !!! It's been a great vehicle comfortable economic and such good value. If you need a spacious 4wd without the huge bank account the try a Rexton. You will not be disappointed.
Showed early promise BUT,
Purchased in aug 2016 with only 49000 klm and was very happy with it for first 6 months just pottering around rural victoria BUT when i hooked on the caravan it failed within 4 days and became a nightmare. Rated to tow 2300kg and i had a pop top van way less than that but it boiled 4 times before we reached albury and took a month to be repaired in sydney and cost nearly $2000. Next the turbo died which put it off the road for 3 months waiting for parts from overseas and cost nearly $5000. Car was fully maintained and serviced at ssangyong deal...ers but just wasnt up to any real use as a tow vehicle, all show no go. Bit like a European woman really, looks great has everything you could want and very well presented but plays up all the time and is expensive to keep and highly tempramental.
Great performer and very under rated
I currently have a 2015 Rexton Y285. This is my 3rd Ssangyong. First one was a 2008 Kyron with the 2.7ltr motor and 5 speed auto. Purchased it new and did 90K. Apart from servicing, replacing a set of tyres and a battery, it gave me trouble free motoring. I pull a campervan, and a boat regularly and it was perfect. I was so impressed I bought a top of the line Rexton in 2012, again with the 2.7ltr motor. I did $48K trouble free KMs and this time with the more luxurious fit out. In 2016 I traded it on a demonstrator Rexton Y285. I was ini...tially apprehensive about the smaller 2ltr motor. It is not as responsive, particularly when overtaking or on an incline but with adjustments to your driving your quickly get used to it and the impressive fuel economy. The 15K service intervals help with maintenance cost. I have done 40K on this and it is faultless. Could do with some tie down points in the rear compartment. The 5sp transmission is good, but old technology. 6 or 8 sp would be a great improvement. So...as a previous owner of Landcruisers, Patrols, Jeeps and even a Discovery, I have found a brand that suits my needs, is well optioned and is excellent value from money. Ssangyong could do more with sales and marketing. This would improve its 'brand' and as a result improve resale values. The product is equal to and in fact better, in my view, than Kia or Hyundai and they all come out of Korea.
A perfect towing vehicle
I bought the vehicle to replace an elderly Jeep. I use it almost exclusively for towing my 1300 kg caravan around the State and it really is the perfect choice. It is the first diesel I have ever owned and I still find the smoothness, comfort and quietness when travelling at 100 km/hour very impressive. So far nothing has misbehaved and it pulls the caravan without effort.
The cost was a fraction of what I would have paid for the competition and I was able to find a 2007 manual example! With only 135,000 km currently on the clock, I hope to keep it for a long while.
The allmost perfect car. Great buy
This car is built for the off-roaders. That love to get a bit dirty. Got it in 2012. It definetly could be improved. Had it for a year and had done 30000 km and it wouldn't change gear. Had to pull over on the busy road and turn the car off wait a couple of minutes and then restart. Happened for a little and the stopped. Got to the end of last year (2016) and couldn't get it out of drive. I thought that would be the end of it, took it to the machanic and hat to get part of the gearbox replaced. Having previously owning a Mercedes I was expectin...g big things. I didnt quite get it but for the price, didn't really matter. The interior in quite stylish just lacking a bit of colour. Came with a lot of air conditioning. 1 st, 2nd and 3 Rd row seats. Just lacking a bit of tech compared to its rivals ( HoldenCaptiva Ford Teritory TX and TS and the and the Hyundai Santa Fe. Why did we chose the Ssangyong Rsxton. Heard great thing about it. I'm probly being a bit picky. The paint isn't that great either. it scratches very easily and if you are someone like me, and don't like scratches on your car, it's expensive to get fixed. Great job Ssangyong Mercedes motor group., just a lit bit from great for the price. would recomend
Just an underdog that is a real gem inside
Hello, I am from Bosnia in Europe and I drive a used 2007 5cyl Diesel XVT automatic AWD with magnificent 187 hp. I bought the car 4 years ago and have done almost 250.000 km in it. The car gave me the trouble of losing the front wheel which is because of poor or lack of a real Ssangyong mechanic here in Bosnia, and so I had to learn the hard way that the lower front ball joints had to be replaced every 50.000km or so in order to keep your car on the road. This is a typical "Merc" issue where the ball joints give no sign or sound of fatigue unti...l they pop out. Now I replace them every third service (every 30.000km) just to be safe but since it is a cheap fix it is no problem for my peace of mind. I recommend a transmission fluid and filter change every third service for silky smooth gear change. No mechanical issues so far. Engine is silky rough as I like to describe it. Tons of torque and lots of mileage. Mine does with aggressive driving approx 12 - 14 l/100km. I like the AWD no fuss (no separate drive select on my trim) capabilities and for its construction (separate chassis), very good handling (8 point link in the back) Only flaw I think is the sensitive wheel geometry, so I do a checkup or repair twice a year (every seasonal tyre change) Lots of room for the dog and the kids. Very reliable car and because every car has its downs, I will not mention mine because they are my individual views of what a car should and should not have or do and I will not mention them because there are so few things wrong with this car for the money. Yes its Korean hard plastic interior, but very well equipped and I just have not met his rival for the money. Yes it is a Mercedes in disguise and I love it. Should mention that I do on average 60 - 70k km a year and my service is every 10k Every service I replace all the filters including the AC filter along with the air intake filter. I try to use good quality diesel and I drive it hard (highway) in higher revs ( no higher than 4200rpm ) as much as I can.
Great value for money
Purchased used rexton from dealer in Melbourne with 48000 klms and full books. Top of the range model with leather, sunroof, towbar and great condition. Has not missed a beat and super comfortable on a long drive and rides very quietly and smooth on unsealed roads due to 18 inch alloys and high profile standard tyres. Have ridden in friends hilux and prado and they are a noisy truck by comparison, Steering is both high light and low light, amazing turning circle with no groaning wheel lock noise, but can be a little light at 110kmh on the freew...ay. AT less than $18000 to purchase it is less than half the price of a 2012 prado. Recent 1000 klm trip to beechworth with 4 adults plus rear full of luggage and eskys returned a whisker under 10 litres per 100 klm. Very good vehicle and fantastic value for money as you don't pay for the badge.
if you were to get a puncture were do you stow the flat tyre when in side of rexton is full and it don't fit under car ????reliability great 7.5 lts to 100klm. performance great 5 speed auto very good I had a 6 speed auto actyon ute was always changing gear.interior good
Questions & Answers
Hi everyone, hope you are all well and keeping healthy. I drive through some heavy rain the other night and now the car starts and idles perfectly but as I move from park to reverse gear the engine stalls. It's a 2005 ssangyong rexton 2.7tdi automatic. At first I suspected my alteranator was the culprit as it might have taken some water but the alternator people told me it was 100% fine. Took of the belt, started the car to see if it still stalls when going to reverse and its not resolved. Not sure if this is electrical or if it's water that got sucked up somewhere it shouldn't have but I don't even get a engine fault. I'm so lost at this point. If water has penetrated the air or fuel systems how is it starting so well. If it's a connection or sensor issue why do I have no engine light.
I have a 2008 2.7 Rexton, when we put the computer on it, it shows only 5 volts max ???. When you start the car or turn the headlights on the voltage doesn't change. When we put a meter on the battery with the engine running it shows 13.6 volts. Cheers Ross
2014 rexton W 4x4 when pushing the gas pedal down their is no increased speed it's very slow goes threw gears but no speed what is the problem
|Category||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs|
|Drive Type||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)|
|Wheels||20" Alloy||18" Alloy||18" Alloy||16" Alloy|
|Fuel Consumption||8.3 L/100km||10.4 L/100km||8.3 L/100km||9 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||70 L||70 L||70 L||80 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.2L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.2L||5 Cylinder 2.7L|
|Max Power||133kW @ 4000rpm||165kW @ 5500rpm||133kW @ 4000rpm||121kW @ 4000rpm|
|Max Torque||420Nm @ 1600-2600rpm||350Nm @ 1500-4500rpm||420Nm @ 1600-2600rpm||340Nm @ 2400rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea|
|Ground Clearance||224 mm||203 mm||224 mm|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||3,500 kg||3,500 kg||3,500 kg||2,300 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||7 year(s)||7 year(s)||7 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2018||Jan 2018||Jan 2018||Jan 2008|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2012|
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