Ssangyong Rexton W : Road Test
The Ssangyong Rexton is here and it's getting into a crowded market with SUVs that have been fighting it out for a while for supremacy. But is there something special up its sleeve that'll help Mahindra get a jump on the competition?
That whole theme very seamlessly flows into the cabin as well with its soft, plush seats and its very easy-going two-tone dash layout. The centre console itself has a slightly retro thing going on with the semi-circular button array backed up with very tastefully done wood finish inserts around.
But the first thing you’re going to notice in there isn’t the dash itself but the abundance of buttons on the steering wheel which actually look like there’s another set of hands gripping it already and that can be a little freaky till you get used to it! There are a lot of gadgets to play around with though – electrically adjustable driver’s seat with a 3-preset memory function, lots of settings in the music system, electrically adjustable mirrors, a nice sunroof to pop your head out of when you want to unravel that ever-present dog-mystery and of course, extremely plush leather seats all round.
There’s also lots of room to fit anyone in any of the seats and that’s great news as far as travelling at full capacity is concerned. All’s not perfectly well with the Rexton’s cabin though – especially if you love coffee. The cup holders seem like they were designed to hold only espresso shot cups. Then there’s also the little issue of the buttons on the audio system touch screen being too small – like it was designed for little girls. The best part though is that these issues can easily be ignored thanks to some really awesome touches that over-rule the negative points – two charging points in the front and the brilliant Map My India navigation system that came pre-fitted in our test vehicle.
Bounce baby, bounce!
So we like the way it looks and quite frankly, we’ve grown to love the way it feels. Build quality on the Rexton is nothing like we’ve seen from Mahindra yet – including the XUV5OO and that’s a great sign from a manufacturer that is making big steps in the right direction. These are undoubtedly one of the plushest cars we’ve seen in its segment and it isn’t too much of an overstatement if we said the Rexton is a luxury car on a budget. It is focused towards comfort more than being a rugged mud-plugger and that it does extremely well – perfect way to target a big audience that is looking for an SUV just for its size and road presence mostly in the urban jungle.
There’s no confusion in what SsangYong wanted to do when they designed it and that shows not only in the superb cushioning on the seats but also in the suspension. Everything is pretty much soaked up before it reaches the occupants and it makes short work of not just rotten tarmac but also of insulating the inside from the outside. The moment the windows are rolled up, it’s like a cocoon that you can just snuggle into and drive in peace. The only problem with the suspension being so soft though is that it leaves the ride a bit wallowy and handling isn’t really a big forte of the Rexton. Taking corners at high speeds is better left to the brave of heart in a Rexton, but that’s okay because this isn’t a car you’re supposed to be pushing hard anyway – it’s best enjoyed on a chilled out drive.
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