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Why Lease The Musso?

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SsangYong Musso Review 2024

The SsangYong Musso is a pickup truck that's a force to be reckoned with. With its affordable price, smart interior, and refined engine, the Musso is an excellent vehicle for those needing a practical pickup. 

Rivals to the Musso include the Isuzu D-Max, Ford Ranger, Volkswagen Amarok, and Toyota Hilux. 

Our SsangYong Musso review covers:

SsangYong Musso Key Features

  • Eye-catching exterior with aggressive front end 
  • Comfortable and spacious interior 
  • Load bed can carry up to 1,105kg of cargo 
  • 2.2-litre diesel engine 
  • Three trim levels 

SsangYong Musso Pros and Cons:


  • Comfortable interior with premium materials 
  • Good engine 
  • Exceptional towing capabilities


  • Not much tech on the entry-level trim 
  • Bouncy ride 
  • Poor handling 

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

Like all modern pickup trucks, the Musso is a fine-looking thing. It follows a pretty aggressive design with a large horizontal front grille and slick headlights, and like all pickup trucks has an exposed load bed at the rear. 

One downside of pickups throughout the years has been their interior space, but this isn't the case for the Musso. Climb inside, and there's more than enough room for a family or work crew, with loads of head and legroom. Storage space is also generous, with a big storage area under the armrest, large door pockets, and a tray in front of the gearstick. 

SsangYong Musso exterior

Collapse the tailgate of the Musso, and you get a load bed that's 1,300mm long and 1,570mm wide. It'll be able to carry items up to 1,105kg and tow items up to 3,500kg, which is seriously impressive. It's worth noting that the Musso is one of the smallest pickups in terms of load length, falling short of both the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger

Interior and Trims

Thanks to a facelift in 2022, the Musso has one of the best interiors around. The dashboard feels well-built and will withstand the hustle and bustle of pickup truck life, while a range of soft-touch plastics provide a bit of elegance. If you want total comfort, go for the Saracen trim, which rivals the impressive Ford Ranger

Disappointingly, the entry-level Musso EX doesn't come with a touchscreen. If you're after one, you'll need to upgrade to the Rebel trim, which gets a 12.3-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone mirroring, Bluetooth, and satellite navigation.  

Three trim levels are available for the Musso: EX, Rebel, and Saracen. 

EX has 17-inch alloy wheels, deluxe fabric seats, a height-adjustable driver's seat, manual air conditioning, a digital instrument cluster, a traction control system, a brake assist system, a hill start assist, and a hill descent control. 

Rebel has 17-inch alloy wheels, LED front fog lights, black and silver roof rails, TPU leather-look seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a rear parking sensor, a 12.3-inch HD screen, hydraulic and speed-sensitive power steering, and a heated steering wheel. 

Saracen has 18-inch black alloy wheels, projection headlamps, premium Nappa leather seats, heated rear seats, a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, automatic air conditioning, front and rear parking sensors, rear privacy glass, electronic cruise control, sat-nav, lane change assist, blind spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert. 

Power and Performance

The Musso comes with a 2.2-litre diesel engine that returns decent performance. It has a power output of 202bhp and can go from 0-62mph in 11.9 seconds with an automatic gearbox and 11.3 seconds with a manual. 

Although it is the only unit available, we like it. It feels nippy enough to scoot around city streets while also having enough power to cruise at motorway speeds. 

You'll get an official fuel economy in the mid-30s, but I'd expect a real-world economy in the high 20s. 

SsangYong Musso interior

The Musso is decent to drive both around town and on the motorway, but the suspension can be bumpy with an empty load bed, and handling is a bit lacklustre. 

Find yourself around town, and the Musso is nippy and responsive. You'll have no issues accelerating from a standstill, but if you find yourself on a road with potholes, you'll certainly notice them, especially if you've got any empty load bed. 

On the motorway, the Musso is a respectable cruiser and is more than suitable for long-distance driving. You'll be able to rack up the miles thanks to its 75-litre fuel tank, but if the road surface takes a turn for the worst, you'll once again feel it. The steering could also be more engaging and falls way short of the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new SsangYong Musso start from £30,078.00 OTR* or to lease from £443.34 per month.

Looking to get behind the wheel of the SsangYong Musso? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts is one of the UK's largest van leasing brokers and offers a range of leasing deals to suit your every need.

Leasing may be cheaper than an outright purchase, thanks to a low initial deposit and fixed monthly rentals.

*' On the road' price correct at time of publication and includes one year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change; always check with your nearest retailer.