SsangYong Musso 2.2D EX 4WD Auto
What is it?
The SsangYong Musso 2.2D EX 4WD Auto is a renamed, revamped version of the previous 4WD Korando Sports pick-up.
On top of the new Musso badge, re-used because it means rhinoceros and its image of being rough, rugged and capable, SsangYong think it suits this re-worked pick-up better.
However, it’s not just a new name; this is a comprehensive revamp, as the Musso also boasts a new 2.2-litre Euro 6 compliant engine, plus a new six-speed automatic transmission and new dashboard.
We tried the automatic version of the range-topping EX trim which is expected to be the best-seller.
- Gone is the previous SsangYong 153bhp, 2.0-litre e-XDi diesel engine of the Korando – read our Korando review here – to be replaced with a new 2.2-litre version instead. Designed to offer more powerful performance, plus lower CO2 emissions, this engine boasts 175bhp, 400Nm of torque,186g/km emissions, plus it is Euro 6 compliant.
- Our test Musso had this new engine matched to the optional, all-new, slick-shifting six-speed auto box. Even with the auto box, the Musso is still capable of 37mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 202g/km – impressive when compared to rivals.
- The Musso might be a high value choice, but the combination of the new 2.2-litre engine and six-speed automatic transmission, in our opinion, gives it refinement levels to match the best in class.
- Our test Musso was the range-topping EX version, which has black 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, front LED daytime running lights, leather trim with heated front seats, a power operated driver’s seat, automatic air-conditioning, automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers, seven-inch touchscreen RDS radio for iPod and Bluetooth. – all for £18,995!
- Inside, SsangYong are claiming they’ve given the Musso a new dashboard, although the only obvious change is a new centre console, with built-in touchscreen and new centrally-mounted, easier-to-read digital clock.
- Overall, all-round visibility in the Musso is fine, assisted by rear parking radar and camera, plus we like the tall, off-roader-like driving position and comfy seats. Legroom in the front of this SsangYong is good too.
- With the Musso’s new grille, plus the EX’s daytime running lights and black 18-inch alloy wheels, the updated SsangYong pick-up looks much more contemporary.
- Okay, so the Musso hasn’t got the biggest load area in the all important 1,000kg threshold (it can still carry up to 1,050kg!); and the 2.04 square metres of load bed is enough to fit a Euro pallet and on our test car was made more practical with the fitment of £1,155 worth of practical ‘Chequer Plate’ hard top.
- The Musso feels durable and built to last, plus there’s also the reassurance of an industry-leading five-year warranty.
- We found that in automatic form, it was hard to be smooth with the accelerator when taking off at junctions etc. It was almost as though it was over-keen.
- How a modern pick-up drives is a key consideration when buying. Although the Musso is very easy to drive, its steering is lifeless and devoid of feel, there’s still plenty of body roll in corners, plus the low-speed ride is unsettled. Although, the sophisticated multi-link setup means it does get better at speed.
- The wheels and lights might make the Musso look more modern, but it’s still no beauty and looks awkward from some angles.
- There are still problems with the new dashboard design, as if you go for the EX, the seat heater controls are in a pod on the driver’s side – which means having to reach across uncomfortably.
- There’s no question the Musso is well-equipped, but all that kit can’t hide the fact that the interior quality is still disappointing and behind class best.
- Rear space is more compromised and the upright seat is uncomfortable. Sadly, the quality of the interior trim and switchgear lags behind rivals, but it still feels durable and built to last.
The Musso’s looks and quality mean it won’t appeal to all, but if you can get past those, this SsangYong has plenty to offer the pick-up buyer. It’s certainly worthy of a second look in our opinion.
Lowdown on the SsangYong Musso 2.2D EX Auto
|On the road price (ex VAT):||£18,995|
|Load width (max):||1,600mm|
|Load capacity:||2.7 tonnes|
|Towing capacity braked/unbraked:||2,700 kg/750 kg|
|Engine/transmission:||2.2-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel/6-speed auto|