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Ssangyong Musso review

Cost & verdict
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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The cheapest Musso - in EX trim - looks startlingly good value against its rivals. However, unless you are planning on using your Musso solely as a working vehicle, we recommending stepping up to 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 an 8.0in infotainment system. The range-topping Saracen is still surprisingly good value and features a 9.2in screen with sat-nav, power adjustable leather seats (versus faux leather ones in Rebel), heated rear seats and a front skid plate. 

The fact that the Musso’s single engine option isn’t particularly competitive on CO2 emissions won’t worry company buyers too much. That’s because pick-ups are classed as light commercial vehicles and are taxed at one flat rate. As you might expect from such a large vehicle, fuel economy is nothing special, but then again neither are its rivals’ efforts.

Ssangyong claims that the Musso is “one of the toughest pick-ups on the market” and is backing this up with a massive seven-year, 150,000-mile warranty; a boon for buyers who are looking to use their Musso as a serious workhorse.

The Musso isn’t the most sophisticated vehicle, though, and that’s reflected in the extent of its safety equipment. All models come with six airbags, but there’s no automatic emergency braking, road sign recognition or blindspot assistance. We are still waiting to find out how the Musso fares in Euro NCAP’s crash tests and Thatcham Research’s security assessment.

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Verdict

The Ssangyong Musso is surprisingly well controlled, with confident steering and a strong capable engine. The back-breaking suspension leaves a particularly harsh ride, though, and can't match the Volkswagen Amarok for overall composure. Space and practicality is also everything you'd reasonably want from a pick-up while the fixed-rate company car tax band helps make it a tempting choice for the price. We'd recommend stepping up from base trim, too, to make the most of some welcome comfort additions.

  • Surprisingly controlled on the road
  • Strong and quiet engine
  • Great towing ability
  • Harsh, stiff ride
  • Uncomposed ride on rough surfaces
  • Base trim is incredibly basic