SsangYong Musso (2016–2018)

Last updated 3 June 2019

The SsangYong Musso will appeal to those who want a cheap pick-up for towing and off-roading. All versions will tow up to 3.5 tonnes, when hooked to a braked trailer, while the torque packed 2.2-litre diesel provides lots of low-gear acceleration, with a considerable 400Nm from just 1400rpm.

A switchable four-wheel drive system is standard across the range, with a rotary dial activating the high and low gear ratios. This means it is easy to switch the Musso from its standard rear-wheel drive set-up to four-wheel drive. A host of off-road electrical driver aids are also included - stability control and roll over prevention - to help you push the Musso through everything from heavy mud to snow. 

The four-cylinder diesel is extremely strong, with plenty of pull through the gears. The running costs are also low. SsangYong claims that the Musso will return up to 40mpg, which puts it on par with the Toyota Hilux for fuel economy.

A smooth-shifting, six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard, while a six-speed automatic is available as an option, although the latter lowers the claimed economy to 37mpg. 

The Musso's biggest weak point is its on-road handling. Unlike its rivals, it doesn't use leaf sprung rear suspension. Instead, it has a coil spring multi-link set up, which should provide a more car-like ride. However, while the ride on the motorway is smooth, the Musso has a tendency to crash over pot holes and bounce along on less-than-perfect surfaces. 

The suspension also produces lots of body roll in the corners, with the cabin pitching heavily from left to right as you navigate moderate turns. The overly light steering doesn't help the vague handling either and it can be difficult to tackle a series of twisty roads in any form of comfort.

Things improve a little in town, with the 11.2 metre turning circle making the Musso surprisingly agile when it comes to making a three point turn. However, owing to the fact that the steering is slow to operate, you need to work your arms quite hard to guide it into a parking space. 

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