What is it?

This is the Ssangyong Rexton R-Line, a ritzed-up version of the Ssangyong Rexton five-seat SUV. It’s been handed over to Bradford’s Kahn Design (they “build special vehicles for a small circle of people who have a taste for exclusivity and the finer things in life”) for a makeover in an attempt to inject some glamour into Ssangyong’s range.

So the Ssangyong Rexton R-Line gets a Kahn-trimmed interior with lots of faux suede and leather, 22-inch wheels with 285/35 rubber, new springs to lower the ride height, a “bespoke Kahn Design exhaust” and lots of R-Line badges.

What’s it like?

Not great. The Ssangyong Rexton is, in its most basic format, a cheap and cheerful SUV that offers lots of space and an inoffensive interior with a driving position considerably better than you might expect. It is not a car to which you would want to draw any more attention than is absolutely necessary, so glitzing it up like this seems an odd thing to do.

The additions don’t help the Rexton’s cause. The huge wheels and new springs damage the ride and the car feels unpleasant over anything but the smoothest surfaces. The exhaust note from the four enormous tailpipes creates a booming harmonic at around 2500rpm that becomes so loud that you would think the exhaust system had a hole in it.

The R-Line badge on the steering wheel is stuck on. It can be peeled off, along with all the other R-Line badges. And the touch-screen Kenwood hi-fi is difficult to use (and it’s an option). The seats are nicely finished though, and feel expensive.

Should I buy one?

Why would you, when you could buy a brand new Land Rover Discovery for less? The Ssangyong Rexton is not a bad car, but it really doesn’t need this sort of treatment.

Dan Stevens

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Re: Ssangyong Rexton R-Line

5 years 44 weeks ago

The must have accessory for the credit crunch footballer or rapper.

Honestly though, what's the point? The credibility of Khan has also gone down in my estimation as well, or is it just the fact that it highlights how pointless their bling really is, even on cars like Landies or Cayennes.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

Re: Ssangyong Rexton R-Line

5 years 44 weeks ago

TegTypeR wrote:

Honestly though, what's the point? The credibility of Khan has also gone down in my estimation as well, or is it just the fact that it highlights how pointless their bling really is, even on cars like Landies or Cayennes.

I like to disagree with this comment, Project khan so called "bling" is not pointless, some people actually like to make there cars look a little different from the standard model. It makes it a bit special without looking tacky and boy racerish below is a example of the so called "Landies" U refer to

and this is how the boring standard version looks like

you can see the project khan one transforms this basic TDV6 SE model into somthing special

Re: Ssangyong Rexton R-Line

5 years 44 weeks ago

moe360 wrote:

It makes it a bit special without looking tacky and boy racerish below is a example of the so called "Landies" U refer to

Depends on your definition of tacky.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

Re: Ssangyong Rexton R-Line

5 years 44 weeks ago

TegTypeR wrote:
Depends on your definition of tacky.

emmm so tell me what is so bad about this design? that makes you call it tacky ?

Re: Ssangyong Rexton R-Line

5 years 44 weeks ago

Been working with Land Rover for 16 years and the emergence of Kahn has given us numerous problems with customers bringing their vehicles in after being 'blinged'

Most common issues are dreadful ride quality, tramlining, uneven tyre wear with the fitment of Kahn oversized wheels along with premature steering component wear.

Also bodykit fitment via Kahn have resulted in failure of the parking distance control system which tends to turn into a flatline beep due to poor fitment and material overhang issues.

Incidentally Kahn have sourced many wheel rim designs, (including some that mimic our 'Stormer' Land Rover wheel) that we have seen buckle and spilt through mounting kerbs and general use that never seems to happen to the genuine LR item.

Some of Kahn competitors are very good and work in harmony with the Land Rover product but Kahn are particularly substandard.

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Re: Ssangyong Rexton R-Line

5 years 44 weeks ago

I have never seen anything that Khan have done that isn't tacky, vulgar, cheap looking and tasteless (have I covered all the bases there?). Their only ideas regarding styling seem to be a set of ridiculously large a blingy wheels, a poorly designed bodykit, a bit of cheap suede and a job lot of badges off a market stall. Everything looks like it's been knocked together in a backstreet garage.

Then again, money doesn't necessarily buy taste and there's one born every minute.

Re: Ssangyong Rexton R-Line

5 years 44 weeks ago

what a f***ing pointless hideous piece of rubbish, why oh why would anyone buy that car. Even the BMW X6 has a point compared to this dressed up waste of space of a car!!

Re: Ssangyong Rexton R-Line

5 years 44 weeks ago

Whilst I am not a fan of large 4x4s, I am always reluctant to criticise someone for buying one, it is afterall a free country. However to buy a large off road vehicle and then add huge alloys, a bodykit and firmer suspension completely destroys the point of the vehicle and shows an utter lack of common sense. It is comical that a two and a half tonne vehicle could ever be considered sporty. I wonder if the people driving these cars realise that everyone else looks at their blinged up monsters and wonders what insecurities they are trying to hide behind their 22 inch alloys.

Re: Ssangyong Rexton R-Line

5 years 44 weeks ago

Jaydub, I had to laugh at your post. Do people really complain about poor ride quality when they replace the standard wheels? What on earth do they expect to happen?

Re: Ssangyong Rexton R-Line

5 years 44 weeks ago

moe360 wrote:
emmm so tell me what is so bad about this design? that makes you call it tacky ?

Someone's fitted shiny pie dishes in place of the wheels? Also, it seems to have been involved in an accident and repaired on the cheap, as the bonnet doesn't match the rest of the bodywork ;-)

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The SsangYong Rexton is a big, budget off-roader which feels cheap and crude by modern standards

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