SsangYong Rexton W Commercial (2015 – 2017) Review

SsangYong Rexton W Commercial (2015 – 2017) At A Glance


+Excellent off road capability, reasonable quality car-like cabin, 3000kg towing capability.

-Load area isn't that practical, not very efficient, coarse at motorway speeds.

It might lack the outright load capacity of a van, but the Rexton W CSX is genuinely capable in rough, off-road conditions thanks to a body-on-chassis design and selectable all-wheel drive with low range. Factor in an impressive towing capacity and it makes sense for rural work - but it does have its limitations. 

The rear seats of the passenger Rexton W are replaced by a flat load area with a 2.2 cubic metre capacity in the CSX. The load area is 1700cm long and 107cm between the wheel arches, with a payload rating of 615kg. Along with the high lifting tailgate there are two side doors with blacked out windows to give better access - but a pick up is a better option if carrying big items is a priority. 

Power comes from a 2.0-litre diesel engine with 155PS and a useful 360Nm of torque. There's a standard six-speed manual gearbox with a low range setting for off road use, or a five-speed automatic at additional cost. The Rexton W CSX can tow three tonnes, so is ideal for pulling a horsebox or full-size caravan.

The cabin is very much like that of the passenger car, with aluminium-effect and chrome finishes along with soft-touch materials. The level of standard equipment is good too, with the CSX getting cruise control, air conditioning, electric and heated door mirrors, a leather covered steering wheel and gear lever, plus iPod and Bluetooth connectivity. Safety kit includes ESP, hill descent control plus dual front and side airbags.

What's very impressive is the standard five year warranty. It covers all major mechanical components including wheel bearings, suspension joints and bushes, steering joints, shock absorbers and even the audio system. Wearable components such as clutch discs and brakes are covered for one year or 12,000 miles and the battery and paintwork for three years.

In the grand scheme of things the Rexton W CSX has limited appeal - but for a specific type of work there aren't many better options. You could choose a pick up with a covered load area or a Land Rover alternative like the Defender, but pick ups are typically less capable than the CSX, which is also very good value compared to the likes of the Land Rover.