Test review: Ssangyong Musso preview

Company Van Today has had a sneak preview drive in an early version of the forthcoming SsangYong Musso pick-up. The example we drove was the only one currently in the country, and was in Korean spec rather than the full UK one that is scheduled to arrive this summer, but was enough to see quite what an improvement has been made with the new model.

The pick-up will come with a tax-friendly payload of 1,050kg, unlike some previous SsangYong pick-ups. Our car also featured some of the kit that will feature on the top of three trim levels, such as leather interior and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

The 181hp 2.2-litre diesel that is the sole engine option pulls impressively. In our case it was married to the optional six-speed automatic gearbox, although the standard six-speed manual is likely to be much the more popular.

With a light load, the Musso seems to ride in a composed fashion, making for a more relaxed long-distance companion than was expected over a test drive of several hundred miles.

We’ll discover more in the summer when UK-spec trucks arrive, but the early signs are very positive indeed.

Prices are yet to be confirmed, but should kick off below £20,00 before VAT, and top out at a bit over £25,000.