The SsangYong Rexton W is the spiritual successor to the big, affordable 4x4s of 15 years ago, like the original Kia Sorento. But even allowing for its relatively low price, the Rexton W has too many shortcomings as a tow car.
In the lane-change test the Rexton performed well enough on the first two runs, but the third and quickest pass through the manoeuvre had to be abandoned as the caravan took control.
Even in a straight line, the SsangYong doesn’t feel settled. At 60mph there were slight movements from the caravan, but between 60 and 70mph instability set in.
The new 2.2-litre engine is a definite improvement, and the car no longer feels underpowered. Acceleration does tail off above 40mph, though, and the Rexton took 16.5 seconds to pull its caravan from 30-60mph.
Inside, there’s room for seven in three rows of seats, although seats six and seven are better suited to children than adults.
With the rearmost seats folded away, we easily found room for all our holiday luggage. The compact spare is easy to get to, should you need it.
So, it’s a practical tow car, but not an especially stable one. Despite its value and five-year warranty, there’s no shortage of better big 4x4s to tow with.