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

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


Musso Cabin

Interior and equipment

Open the driver’s door and you trigger a funny little electronic tune – which becomes a mite irritating after you have heard it for the 20th time.

Tunes aside, there is no denying that the Rebel is well specified. You get aircon, a reversing camera, a 12V power point, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated, leather-trimmed, height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel. The driver’s seat is height-adjustable too, and all the seats are trimmed in faux leather.

An 8in black-and-white touch-screen dominates the centre of the dashboard, with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto both readily available. A DAB radio with remote controls on the steering wheel and Bluetooth connectivity are provided, as is MP3 compatibility.

Electric windows are fitted all around and the exterior rear-view mirrors are electrically adjustable. They flip inwards automatically when the vehicle is parked.

In-cab storage includes a large lidded box between the front seats, a lockable glove box, and a sunglasses holder above the windscreen.

It is supplemented by bins in each of the front doors with mouldings to grip a soft drink bottle, a tray in front of the gear shift lever, another one on top of the dashboard, and pockets in the backs of the two front seats.

You will find a pair of cupholders positioned ahead of the aforementioned box, one of which is occupied by a removable ashtray. What is more, the Rebel comes with a cigarette lighter – rebellious indeed given today’s tough restrictions on smoking.

The three rear passengers enjoy a reasonable amount of legroom but the centre seat position is quite narrow and the occupant is secured solely by a lap strap. Our feeling is that it is for occasional use only, not for a long journey. The two outboard passengers have lap-and-diagonal belts however, and all the passengers are protected by adjustable headrests. Flip down the back of the centre seat when it is not in use and it turns into an armrest complete with a couple of cupholders.

The rear seat is in fact a bench seat. Twist a knob on the side and the entire back folds forwards to reveal the tools stowed neatly on the rear bulkhead.

Six airbags are fitted along with front fog lamps, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.

Electronic safety systems include hill descent control, ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability programme and brake assist system. Disc brakes are fitted all round.

Turning to the suspension, a double wishbone set-up helps support the front while coil springs help support the rear. Our truck sat on 18in alloy wheels shod with Continental Cross Contact 255/60 R18 tyres.


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