Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
There are four variants in the 2019 Musso range – all are five-seaters and all have the Rexton's 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine (133 kW at 4000rpm and 400Nm at 1400-2800rpm): the base-spec EX ($30,490 drive-away) has a six-speed manual gearbox; the next-up EX ($32,490 drive-away), mid-spec ELX ($35,990 drive-away) and the top-shelf Ultimate ($39,990 drive-away) all have a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission.
The manual EX's standard features include fabric seats, rear-seat child-anchor points, an infotainment unit with AM/FM radio and Bluetooth connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, limited slip diff, 17-inch steel wheels and a full-sized spare, and lane-departure warning.
The EX auto adds the auto box to that standard package, while the ELX gets the multi-media unit with 8.0-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay / Android Auto, power windows, ventilated/heated front seats, daytime running lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a tyre-pressure-monitoring system, front/rear park assist, blind-spot detection (BSD), lane-change assist (LCA), and rear cross traffic alert (RCTA).
The Ultimate gets leather seats all round, powered front seats, heated/vented front and rear pews, speed-sensitive steering, sunroof, 360-degree camera, HID headlights, and 20-inch alloy wheels.
That's a whole lot of gear and premium-level equipment packed into a sub-$40,000 ute. I spent most of my time in an Ultimate, because I'm like that.
Note: current-stock Mussos do not have AEB but that safety tech is scheduled to be installed from December 2018 builds onwards at no extra cost over current drive-away pricing.
Bear in mind, also, that an Aussie suspension tune is planned for the entire SsangYong range, with Musso planned as first in line for the tweaks. SsangYong Australia officials say they're hoping that will roll out within three months.
Also on the way is a long-wheelbase, leaf-spring Musso, measuring 5400mm long and with a 1600mm tray (300mm longer than the current Musso), which is expected in the second quarter of 2019.
Every Musso has an impressive seven-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty, seven years of roadside assistance and a seven-year service-price plan.