Ssangyong Rexton Review
There is no debating on the fact that Mahindra and Mahindra has evolved into a diversified brand. From starting as a humble jeep maker, the company has it presence felt across multiple platforms. They have always believed in venturing into challenging terrains. Be it their acquisition of electric car company Reva or the two wheeler maker Kinetic Engineering, Mahindra has often raised its own standards.
Even the Ssagyong deal which might have got the critics thinking since it was not a popular brand was a smart move by the company. They wanted to mark their entry in the premium SUV space and thus the Rexton was launched. Toyota Fortuner's success in this range made many jump in but Mahindras were careful to position the Rexton in the most strategic way possible. The result was evident as Fortuner's sales took a dent.
The Rexton offers many features similar to some of the premium SUVs but then it is not priced as much compared to them. We find out more on this flagship offering.
The earlier generation Rexton looked very simple with a conventional design. The radiator grille which seemed a direct fit from its German inspiration along with those weird looking headlamps didn't make sense for it to be continued on the new generation and happily the new car got the needed facelift.
The Ssangyong Rexton has sufficient street presence when compared to the Fortuner. The larger dimensions of the Rexton really work well. Curvy and wide chrome grille gives it a stylish face with large well proportioned sweeping back headlights. The projectors also get the model name etched on it. The long running bonnet gets smooth lines.
Flared side wheel arches and chunky 23575 R16 tyres give it a strong side profile. The ORVMs get embedded turn indicators. There is a subtle chrome lining given to the windows. The upside down rear quarter panel design looks good. Even the rear of the new generation Rexton has been revamped with the use of LEDs in tail lamp. The rear windshield nicely wraps the tail door and merges properly with the D pillar. The only issue is too much of labelling of Ssangyong, RX7, AWD AT Rexton and 'by Mahindra' on the tail door which looks messy. It would have been better with minimal display of names to keep it clean.
The Rexton is a decent looking SUV with enough street presence for a typical chunky SUV fan. The changes that were introduced on this 3rd generation version are impressive.
The interiors of Rexton fair well but will not sweep you over with premium quality. The trims material and finishing are not worth complaining though but then they lack the soft touch of a premium quality interior perhaps they wanted it like that.
The leather quality on seats is very impressive and cuddles the occupants with great care. The front row legroom is great with electrically adjustable driver seats. If the front row passengers decide to use the space comfortably then unfortunately the second row passengers might be in soup. The legroom in second row is not sufficient and that paired with its peculiar position makes it uncomfortable. The third row of seats is primarily to keep luggage/groceries and if you decide to replace that with humans it would be a tough job for them to happily hang in there.
Touch screen system with pre loaded navigation maps, steering mounted controls, iPod Aux-in connectivity, automatic dimming lights, fully automatic climatic control and many more features makes the Rexton a laden SUV for the savvy generation. The list of features is impressive but then the overall feel is very functional.
A look at the comparo sheet and the Rexton comes out a clear winner in power and torque figures over the Toyota Fortuner and Isuzu MU7. The Rexton uses a 5 cylinder 2696cc engine producing 184 PS at 4000 rpm and a torque of 402Nm which is greater than the other two. It also comes in two optional detuned manual transmission variants. The one we had was the 5 speed automatic RX7 variant.
It might look bigger on specs on paper but is not exactly as quick when it comes to real time situation. At lower initial speeds, it takes great efforts to haul the SUV at a higher speed. The automatic shifts don’t earn any accolades for being crisp on shift. It has an evident lag. While others have moved on, Ssangyong still manages to run the show with a 5 speed torque converter unit. There are no gear shifters but instead buttons on the steering wheel to change gears.
|Groud clearence||140 @ 6400|
|Turning circle radius||5.7|
|Fuel Tank capacity||78|
|Tyre Rating||P 235/75 R16|
|Features||RX5 MT (TOD)||RX6 MT (TOD)||RX7 AT (AWD)|
|Dual tone beige & black interiors||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Metal grain accents||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Leather wrapped steering wheel||Yes||Yes||With additional metalgrain accents|
|Gear knob||Leather wrapped||Leather wrapped||With chrome and metalgrain accents|
|8-way electrically adjustable driver seat||No||Yes||Yes|
|8-way manually adjustable driver seat||Yes||No||No|
|Driver seat with adjustable lumbar support||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic easy access function for driver seat||No||Yes||Yes|
|ORVMs with electric adjustment + folding and heating||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Steering mounted audio controls||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Tilt adjustable steering wheel||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Day and night IRVM||Manual||Auto||Auto|
|Power windows with driver side auto up-down||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|3 - 12V power outlets (dashboard mounted, below front passenger seat & boot)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Front and 2nd row cup holders||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Fully automatic climate control system||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Rear parking sensors - audible||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Rain sensing wipers||No||Yes||Yes|
Competition All Specs
|Variant||RX7||4x2 AT||4x2 MT HI PACK|
|Price Ex-Showroom Mumbai Rs.||20,90,374||23,32,095||21,87,000|
|Turning circle radius||5.7||5.6||6.2|
|Fuel Tank capacity||78||80||76|
|Tyre Rating||235/75 R16||265 / 65 R17||245 / 70 R16|
|Daytime Running Lamps (DRLS)||Yes||No||No|
|Traction Control System (TCS)||No||No||No|
|CD Entertainment System||No||No||No|
|Rear Parking With Camera||Sensor||Camera||Camera|
|Child Safety Feature||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Mahindra has pitched the Rexton to battle it against mainstream players like the Hyundai Santa Fe Toyota Fortuner and even the new entrant in this segment which is the Isuzu MU7. The Rexton is for those who want to just enter the premium SUV space without shelling extra for a premium known brand. The list of features it offers almost makes it for the lows felt in interiors and performance. If you want a Bigger SUV for not a bigger price the Rexton would do a good job.