Ssangyong Musso long-term test: report 6

The Ssangyong Musso has been our favourite budget pick-up for the last two years. But now we're seeing if it's as impressive when you live with it every day...

Using the Ssangyong Musso split tailgate as an office desk

The car Ssangyong Musso 2.2 Saracen Auto 4WD Run by Oli Kosbab, senior videographer

Why it’s here To discover if a pick-up can really be an alternative to an SUV, and whether this bargain-priced Musso is the best in its class

Needs to Offer masses of storage for video equipment and be a comfortable place to spend time during the many miles that will be racked up travelling from shoot to shoot

 Mileage 2415 List price £33,831 Target Price na Price as tested £36,306 Test economy 24.0mpg Official economy 29.7mpg

20 October 2020 – Run for cover

The split tailgate on my Ssangyong Musso, which has an optional hard-top roof fitted, means a car built for serious weight lugging also provides a very handy office desk. There's plenty of room for my laptop and other necessities, so I can copy over memory cards and check footage while on location, with a bit of shade or shelter offered by the top hatch above.

Using the Ssangyong Musso split tailgate as an office desk

The hard-top comes with its own pane of glass at its front, but I’ve folded it down because that reduces some of the reflections it picked up, which then appeared in the rear-view mirror. Some remain – there are, after all, still two panes of glass between the mirror and the road behind – but it’s much reduced.

Ssangyong Musso loadbay with pane of glass folded down

Finally, another fuel consumption update: a long steady run to a shoot in Exmoor and back couldn’t pull the economy much beyond 26mpg, with it still hovering around 24mpg for the most part. I'll keep trying to improve on this.

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