The SsangYong Musso EX has won the ‘Best Pick-up for less than £28,000’ category in the 2020 What Car? Car of the Year Awards.
SsangYong Musso EX
Commented Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car? "The Musso is proof that mighty capability needn't come with a mighty price tag. Not only does it cost less than rivals, but it has an enormous interior which looks and feels robust, the steering is as impressive as that of pricier trucks, and the strong diesel engine is among the most refined in the class. The Musso even has a party trick, because it is the only pick-up on sale today which can carry its maximum payload (1058kg) while towing a 3500kg trailer at the same time."
Responding, Nick Laird, managing director of SsangYong Motor UK, said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this award for the second year in a row. Such recognition from What Car? against such strong competition speaks volumes about the Musso. This is a great result that not only fully endorses the qualities and capabilities of the Musso but also the brand’s value for money proposition.”
Built on the same architecture as the new the award-winning SsangYong Rexton, Musso shares its body-on-frame construction to give an extremely strong vehicle that delivers excellent off-road driving performance and safety from its quad-frame and four-wheel-drive system.
The new Musso is an extremely competent multi-purpose truck with SsangYong values to the core - comprehensively equipped, a class leading 7-year/150,000-mile warranty with a value for money package, plus a surprising level of interior refinement and great infotainment.
Designed to carry passengers in comfort and transport loads securely, the SUV-based Musso combines a five-seat crew-cab body style with a workman-like load deck that will take a full-sized Euro pallet. It also carries a payload of over 1-tonne and tows trailers of up to 3.5 tonnes concurrently to give the highest total load capacity in the segment. This combination of utility pick-up and SUV means Musso offers the perfect blend of functionality, practicality, performance and comfort to the driver and family or workmates.
Musso is powered by the same e-XDi220 engine found in the Rexton and delivers a maximum power of 181ps at 4,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 400Nm at 1,600 to 2,600 rpm. It is available with either a 6-speed manual or an Aisin 6-speed automatic.
Inside, Musso is exceptionally well equipped compared with other pick-ups, and as well as offering excellent shoulder and leg room front and rear, Nappa leather seats can be found on the top of the range model for added luxury and comfort. DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity feature across the range, while all but the entry level model feature a state-of-the-art infotainment system which includes Apple CarPlay and Android.
Made in Korea
SsangYong cars are manufactured in South Korea by SsangYong Motor, which is 75 per cent owned by the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra and imported into the UK by SsangYong Motor UK. Established in 1954, SsangYong is Korea's oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4x4 and SUV specialist producer. There are currently some 65 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations being added to the network all the time.
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