Ssangyong Musso long-term test review

Is one of the cheapest pick-ups you can buy also one of the best to live with? We’re running this Ssangyong Musso to find out...

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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


 Miles 1250 List price £33,831 Target Price NA Price as tested £36,306 Official economy 29.7mpg Test economy 26.0mpg


27 July 2020 – Hardtop hassle

Now that I’m really getting under the skin of the Ssangyong Musso; it’s this pick-up’s practicality that’s stood out most to me so far.

As lockdown has started to ease I’ve had more opportunity to use the Musso for video shoots – loading it up with all my equipment with ease – but it’s also come in handy for a few jobs around the house. Moving furniture, that is – it doesn’t do the dishes, unfortunately.

The loadbay is massive. And on the rare you occasion you manage to reach full capacity back there, there’s actually loads of room in the rear seats for the overspill. If you’re carrying people instead of stuff then it's all smiles, too – all the passengers I’ve had in the back have been perfectly happy with the head and legroom on offer.

But I have discovered one problem, while using the Musso to take a load of stuff to the tip. We’re doing up the whole top floor of my house, so there was a lot of stuff to get rid of, and to the Musso’s credit it managed to fit in a ridiculous amount of debris.

Musso boot

However. The top glass part of the split tailgate has a handle on the inside, and when it is pushed down this locks the boot from the inside. Even if you unlock the car with the key; the hardtop stays locked.

I guess it’s in there so that it could be unlocked from the inside if needed, but it caused a problem because I’d put so much stuff in there that when I closed the tailgate something in there pushed the handle down. And it locked.

And it remained that way for some time. It was only after some last-resort rigorous shaking of the car that, eventually, the offending plank dislodged itself, the handle released, and I could finally drive to the tip. I know it's my fault really, and it could have gone a lot worse; it’s definitely something I’ll keep in mind when filling it up next time.

Musso

There is one other problem with the hardtop, though. On Musso’s without it, the rear view mirror gives you a clear view out the rear windscreen at the back of the cab and beyond, as you would expect. But with it, you have a lot of extra glass, and so the view in the rear view mirror becomes a mess of reflections and glare.

But still, these are minor quibbles and I’d much rather have a Musso with the hardtop because of the extra security and practicality it offers. So I’m still very happy I ticked it on the options list.

I’m also grateful it has a reversing camera as standard. My other car is a Ford Fiesta ST, so it’s obviously very different going from tearing around in a hatchback like that to this massive pick-up, but I’ve already gotten used to the Musso’s big footprint. This is in part thanks to the miles I’ve done with it, but also because of the reversing camera, which makes parking much easier than you’d think. Although, I'm beginning to appreciate most car parking spaces in this country clearly have not been designed with pick-ups in mind. Maybe the Musso would feel more at home on the other side of the Atlantic.

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