Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The cheapest Ssangyong Musso – in EX trim – looks startlingly good value against its rivals. However, unless you're planning to use your pick-up solely as a working vehicle, we recommend going for the Rebel. It comes with a lot more kit, including 18in wheels, roof bars, side steps, a rear camera, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel and the 8.0in infotainment system. 

The range-topping Saracen is still surprisingly good value and adds leather seats (versus the faux leather ones in the Rebel), cruise control, heated rear seats and a front skid plate. Rhino sits at the top of the range, featuring the longer bed and rear privacy glass, but replacing the 18in wheels with 17in.

Overview

The Ssangyong Musso undercuts its rivals on price and is surprisingly good in many areas, particularly engine refinement and interior quality. Its ability to tow a 3500kg trailer even with the full load bed is also an impressive achievement, while the additional length and capacity of the Rhino will be handy to some. It's just a shame the ride isn't a bit more settled.

  • Surprisingly smart interior
  • Refined engine
  • Great towing ability
  • Bouncy, uncontrolled ride
  • Rivals have bigger load bays
  • Shortage of modern safety kit