- Cheapest pickup on sale can now tow 3,500kg
- VCA-approved change to Musso type approval
- Previous limit was 3,000kg; prices start under £17k
Given that the SsangYong is also by far the cheapest pickup currently on sale in the UK, this is quite a coup. Especially as it also comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty – the closest any rival comes to this the Isuzu D-Max with its five-year, 125,000-mile warranty.
How come the Musso can now tow 3.5-tonnes?
Quite simply, it’s been recatergorised by the VCA – that’s the UK Vehicle Certification Agency, the official body responsible for Vehicle Type Approval.
SsangYong has not reported that any modifications were required to meet the 3.5-tonne rating.
The Musso is already fitted with a 178hp 2.2-litre turbodiesel – bigger and more powerful than the motor fitted in the preceding SsangYong Korando Sports pickup, this also produces 400Nm of torque. Pulling power that should make towing a relatively straight-forward affair.
Its previous towing rating was 3.0-tonnes (3,000kg), the lowest in the pickup truck sector.
So the SsangYong’s a bargain then?
If cheap towing transport is your priority, certainly. Four other pickups on sale can legally tow 3,500kg – the Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max, Nissan Navara and Toyota Hilux – but all of them cost more than the Musso.
Prices for the SsangYong truck start at just £16,395 for the entry-level SE model, rising to £18,395 for the fully-loaded EX specification (£19,395 if you want the six-speed automatic gearbox instead of the standard six-speed manual). All costs quoted excluded VAT.
However, this value is tempered slightly by the smallest load area in the one-tonne pickup class, and a poor driving experience. You do get four-wheel drive, though, and of course that five-year warranty.
For more details on the SsangYong Musso, click here to read the full Parkers Vans review.