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Car of the Year Awards 2021: Best pick-up for payload

Today, buyers expect a vehicle that you enjoy driving and being seen in, rather than simply something that does the job. But, of course, pick-ups are still workhorses first and foremost...

It won’t come as a big surprise that Ssangyong does well for value. After all, it’s a brand that has thrived on undercutting its rivals on price. And you do get a lot for your cash with the Musso pick-up, including an equipment list that includes an 8.0in touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

But that’s not why the Musso Rhino is here. It earns its place primarily because it’s the best there is at doing what pick-ups are ultimately designed for: hauling stuff about. Not only will it take a 1.1-tonne payload in its 1.6m-long load bed, which is easily wide enough for a Euro pallet, but it’ll also tow 3500kg simultaneously. That’s the best total payload capacity going.

Ssangyong Musso - interior

The Musso is good to drive and live with, too. The 2.2-litre diesel engine is one of the most refined on offer in a pick-up, and there’s a smart interior with tactile materials. A seven-year, 150,000-mile warranty is the best in class, too.

In this guise, the Musso is no longer the best choice if you’re simply looking to save money, but it’s a brilliant buy if you’re after a practical workhorse.

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