SsangYong Musso (2016–2018)

Last updated 3 June 2019

Cheap to buy new, powered by a powerful and economical 2.2-litre diesel, will tow up to 3.5 tonnes.
The ride quality isn't very good, interior feels more cheap than cheerful, load bed isn't as large as competition, lots of engine and road noise.
Updated 29 March 2017
Towing capability increased to 3.5 tonnes

The Musso gets an increase in its towing capacity, following a new approval by the UK Vehicle Certification Agency. This means the SsangYong pick-up can tow 3500kg when linked to a braked trailer.

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Introduction

The SsangYong Musso is one of the cheapest double cab pick-ups you can buy. It's also cheap to run, with good fuel economy and a comprehensive five-year unlimited mileage warranty. On the downside, it isn't as good to drive as the (more expensive) competition, nor as plush inside. But if you can look past the unfamiliar badge and low-thrills interior, the Musso is a likeable and low-cost workhorse. 

The Musso is based on the Korando Sports, but gets some important upgrades including a 178PS 2.2-litre diesel engine with the option of a six-speed automatic gearbox. The four-cylinder diesel provides lots of low-gear pull for towing and returns an official 40mpg. 

The choice of bodystyles is limited. The Musso is only available as a double cab, but all versions will carry a one-tonne payload, while also towing an additional 3.5 tonnes when hooked up to a braked trailer. Four-wheel drive, with selectable driving modes, is standard across the range, which means the Musso will easily tow a heavy caravan or horsebox on a muddy farm track or wet field.  

The Musso doesn't handle as well as other pick-ups on the road though. The steering lacks feel and the engine - which is strong on performance and economy - is extremely loud, with heavy clatter at start-up and lots of noise at motorway speeds.

The redesigned cabin is comfortable though, with lots of head and leg room for four large adults. The interior also feels hardwearing and practical, with tough plastics covering the dashboard and lots of pockets and cubby storage throughout the interior.

However, some of the switchgear looks and feels rather cheap - and someway short of the fit and finish you'd find in the L200 or Navara. The ride is also poor, with the body prone to leaning in the corners and bouncing heavily over roads that are less than perfect. 

Cheap to buy and run, the Musso is well-equipped as standard, which means you won't have to pay for any costly extras. Entry-level models get 18-inch alloy wheels and a full-size spare. A heated windscreen, front fog lights and a load space liner are also included. 

Given its unknown badge and cheap price, it would be easy to dismiss the Musso given its many shortcomings. After all, it isn't particularly good to drive and the refinement levels are rather low. However, for those who care more about their budget than their status on the road, the Musso remains an appealing and affordable choice. 

Contract hire from £302.00 +VAT pm
Lease from £288.00 +VAT pm
 

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