Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

THE new Rex­ton is, at heart, still a work­horse of a 4x4 with a separate lad­der chas­sis, a low-range trans­fer box and ex­cel­lent ground clear­ance. It’s also cheap to buy con­sid­er­ing its size, comes with seven seats and thanks to its 2.2-litre diesel en­gine can tow up to 3.5 tonnes, which will make it pop­u­lar with car­a­van­ners.

It’s not as so­phis­ti­cated or as good to drive as more road-bi­ased seven-seat SUVS, but it’s far more ac­com­plished than the pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion car. Price range: £27,500-£37,500 Our pick: 2.2D EX Auto (£29,500) En­gine: 2.2-litre 4cyl diesel, 176bhp Trans­mis­sion: 7-spd auto, dual-range se­lectable 4WD Top speed: 116mph Econ­omy: 38.2mpg CO2: 194g/km

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