There’s a seven-inch colour touchscreen with Bluetooth and a reversing camera, plus a raft of equipment that comes as standard with the EX including cruise control, automatic headlamps and wipers, heated seats and remote central locking.
The front seats are comfortable and there’s lots of space both up front and in the rear.
The Musso has a towing capacity of 3 tonnes braked and 750kg unbraked and a payload of a tonne with enough space to carry a Euro pallet. Underneath the pick-up bed sits a multilink rear suspension set-up that’s rather more sophisticated than its rivals’. Shame it doesn’t feel that way in practice.
You won’t need to bleed the steering system to convince the taxman or anyone else that your Musso is a truck – just drive it over a speed bump or pothole to prove it.
It bounces over them and crashes back down to earth the other side. Hopefully it might be a bit more relaxed with a full load in the back.
Despite these reservations, SsangYong’s Musso does look the part and is no less cool than its more expensive competition. Personally, I’d only consider one if budget is very important because it is unquestionably very good value.
If it is going to be used for transporting the family, though, then a search down the back of the sofa for the extra money to move up to a Navara, Toyota Hilux or Mitsubishi L200 would be a wise move.
SsangYong Musso EX crew-cab pick-up
Price: £18,995 plus VAT
Engine: 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel, 178bhp
Fuel consumption: 37.0mpg