Motoring

SsangYong Musso

Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

In 2018, the Musso was totally revamped and a new generation was born!

The Musso is now smarter, safer, and more stylish than ever. The motor had a complete re-design from the ground up, and now the only thing in common with its predecessor, is its name.

The Musso is a multi-role four-wheel drive pick-up, blending functionality with style and bold features that project stability. Its striking and impressive, giving Musso an immediate presence. The Musso has a tough, strong and value-for-money four-wheel drive proposition. It’s an extremely competent truck with a sector-leading seven-year/150,000-mile warranty, plus a surprising level of interior refinement.

Exterior

The exterior design of the Musso gives the vehicle a muscular stance. There are fog lamps and daytime running lights on all models, and stylish roof bars on the Rebel, Saracen and Rhino. The doors are designed to cover the sills along the lower part of the body to ensure you and your passengers don’t pick up dirt from the side of the vehicle when getting in and out.

Interior

Inside, the Musso is well equipped compared with other pick-ups, and as well as offering excellent shoulder and leg room front and rear, leather seats can be found on the top of the range models for added comfort. DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity feature across the line-up, while all but the entry level model feature a state-of-the-art infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Wi-fi mirroring. What’s more, you get a bigger screen with TomTom navigation on top line models.

Load Capacity

Most pick-ups can’t tow a trailer at maximum weight and carry a full payload at the same time, but the Musso and Musso Rhino are different from most pick-ups. With a class-leading gross train weight of 6450kg (manual), 6750kg (automatic) and 6900kg (Rhino), the Musso has the highest total load capacity of any pick-up on sale in the UK. It can tow 3.5-tonnes (automatic) concurrently to give the highest total load capacity in the segment. 

Performance

The Musso is powered by the same e-XDi220 engine found in the Rexton and delivers a maximum power of 181PS. This efficient and proven
engine delivers progressive acceleration and strong low-end torque. The Musso achieves a CO2 emission level of 216 and economy of up to 29.4mpg – and achieves 0-62mph in 11.9 seconds (auto) and 11.3 seconds (manual). The power train has been proven to deliver outstanding output in the low to mid-range and the Musso is available with either a six-speed manual or an Aisin six-speed automatic.

4WD

For better efficiency, the Musso features a selectable four-wheel drive system with power delivered permanently to the rear wheels, and front wheel drive dialled in electronically as required. The system includes hill descent control and hill start assist to provide optimum grip, traction and safety.

Range

The SsangYong Musso comes with generous levels of equipment as standard. It comfortably seats five passengers with the versatility that you would expect from a modern pick-up. There are four trim levels to choose from – the entry model EX, mid-spec Rebel and the high-spec Saracen in a short-bed option and the ultimate high-spec Rhino in the long bed variant only.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, SsangYong vehicles are manufactured in South Korea – yep, that’s right, just like Kia and Hyundai. It’s a country renowned for making reliable motors, so if you’re a dad in need of a pick-up truck, then the Musso needs to be on your list of “vehicles to test drive”.

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