The What Van? Road Test: Ssangyong Musso (2018)

Date: Friday, August 9, 2019   |   Author: Steve Banner


Musso Detail Load Area

Load bay

Access to the ladder chassis-mounted cargo box is by means of a tailgate that drops down into the horizontal position when opened.

The box is on the short side but can nevertheless accept a Euro pallet, while the load bed and its sides, which are unusually deep, are clad with a standard protective plastic liner that covers all the vulnerable areas.

Four load lashing points are fitted along with a 12V power point, and the Rebel’s roof rails offer some extra carrying space. The remote central locking system includes the tailgate.

Our Rebel came fitted with an optional and stylish-looking load area hard top for an extra £1,945. It has a lockable, glazed rear hatch plus side windows, the rearmost of which can be popped open for ventilation if you happen to be transporting livestock.

With some trucks, making full use of the quoted towing capacity reduces the amount of weight you can carry in the cargo bed. Not in this case, says Ssangyong. You can haul a trailer grossing at 3,500kg while making maximum use of the vehicle’s own gross payload capability, it states.

Extensive use of ultra high-strength steel helps keep the unladen weight down, and the payload and towing capacity up. Because this type of steel is so strong manufacturers can get away with using less of it.

Furthermore, the Musso can be equipped with a tachograph if the nature of your operation brings it into the scope of the heavy truck drivers’ hours rules. The automatic’s braked towing weight is higher than that of the manual model’s, which is limited to a still useful 3,200kg.


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