The Ssangyong Musso is a pick-up truck with a lot to recommend it but it is competing in a stiff part of the market but it's still worth a closer look. Indeed, it's a much better offering than the Korando Sports it replaced with a new engine and automatic gearbox.
The biggest attraction for the Ssangyong Musso is undoubtedly the £15,000 plus VAT price tag it carries which also comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty. That's a hard-to-beat offering for those wanting a lifestyle pick-up truck and for those who simply want a rugged everyday working vehicle, then the Musso could be for you.
For business users, the Ssangyong Musso is a double cab pick-up which offers plenty of space for those on board plus car-like handling qualities.
Under the bonnet is a new 2.2 litre diesel engine that produces 176 bhp and is Euro6 compliant. The engine should return around 40 mpg and slightly less when coupled to the automatic gearbox. The engine itself delivers lots of torque and power, it can be quite noisy when under pressure but it is generally a refined performer offering flexible performance.
It's also possible, for those who don't want to look like they are driving a pick-up truck, to order a painted hardtop so it resembles an SUV instead. The handling is not best in class and while the steering is light it does lack feedback which becomes painfully obvious on country roads but the suspension delivers a comfortable ride, particularly when there's a full payload in the load bed. The Musso can take a one tonne Euro pallet easily and can tow three tonnes.
Standard equipment for the Ssangyong Musso includes silver finish 18-inch alloy wheels as well as hard wearing 'leather look' upholstery. Other models come with automatic climate control, leather upholstery and a 7-inch colour touchscreen complete with reversing camera. The top model comes with larger alloy wheels, LED running lights, air con, rain sensing wipers and automatic headlights.
However, as mentioned previously, the real big draw for those wanting a utility truck with the ability of carrying family members is the five years unlimited mileage warranty which covers much more than many of its rivals including the audio system and shocker absorbers.
With a decent equipment list and capable off-roading abilities, the Ssangyong Musso is much cheaper than many of its rivals and offers an interesting alternative for those who want a pick-up truck that has a lot to offer without being expensive to buy or run.