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10 June 2022 · SsanYong Musso

SsangYong Musso named best pick-up for payload at 2022 What Car? Car of the Year Awards

SsangYong Musso named best pick-up for payload at 2022 What Car

The SsangYong Musso has won the ‘Best Pick-up Payload’ category in the 2022 What Car? Car of the Year Awards. The glamourous award ceremony took place at the Grosvenor House hotel on Park Lane, London last night.

The multiple award-winning Musso is built on the same architecture as the brands flagship Rexton. It 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. 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.

This pick-up 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 420Nm at 1,600 to 2,600 rpm.  It is available with an Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission.

Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car?, said; “If you need a workhorse, underestimate the Musso at your peril: its pulling power far exceeds that of much pricier rivals, and even with its full payload on board, it’s capable of towing a 3.5-tonne braked trailer. This is all the more impressive when you consider that its payload limit is higher than any rival's. And yet behind all that brawn is a pleasantly finished interior with loads of space inside for your passengers.”

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, and some.  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.

Kevin Griffin, managing director of SsangYong Motor UK, said: “We are absolutely delighted to win a What Car? award for Musso three years in a row. Such recognition from What Car? speaks volumes about the Musso range.  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.” 

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 Auto.


Made in Korea

SsangYong cars are manufactured in South Korea by SsangYong Motor, which is 74 percent 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 the 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.