First drive: SsangYong Rexton

The SsangYong Rexton is a no-nonsense off-roader which fills the steadily growing gap at the lower end of the market. As cars like the Kia Sorento become steadily more premium – and expensive – those in need of an off-roader are becoming limited to smaller, crossover-style vehicles or searching for alternatives on the used market.

A massive improvement on the old model, the latest Rexton offers genuine off-road ability and space for seven, at a price lower than just about anything else in this sector. It's not as accomplished on road as some rivals, and nor does it have the badge appeal – but we suspect many buyers simply won't care, as they'll be more interested in its practicality and towing capacity for things like caravans and horse boxes.