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Ssangyong Musso Review, For Sale, Interior, Specs & Colours in Australia

The SsangYong Musso is a dual-cab ute with great off-road ability thanks to its four wheel drive system with a high and low gear, along with a ladder frame chassis, while a turbo-diesel engine powers the line-up.

Rivals to the Musso include the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and Isuzu D-Max.

The line-up currently starts at $37,700 for the Musso ELX and ranges through to $45,400 for the range-topping Musso Ultimate LUX.

Ssangyong Musso Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Ssangyong Musso here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • I am changing over my old Navara D22 and considering a Ssangyong Musso Ultimate. Should I take a risk on a Musso?

    My experience has generally been that Ssangyong is a brand with decent reliability. Many people think it’s a Chinese brand, but it’s actually a South Korean company. And when you look at the other South Korean car-makers we see here – Hyundai and Kia – you can see that the country makes some fine vehicles with great reliability and durability.

    You’re right about that warranty, too; at seven years of factory cover, it’s one of the best (if not the best) in the business. You’re also right about the relative value-for-money equation. The Ssangyong seems like a lot of vehicle for the money.

    Perhaps the only thing that might make you think twice would be the supply of spare and service parts. That said, in 2022, that problem is afflicting a lot of mainstream companies and volume sellers as well as the smaller brands. And from what I can gather, this problem is a bigger one for the Chinese brands than some of the others.

    A Musso has a towing capacity of 3500kg (with a braked trailer) so a 1200kg caravan should not trouble it one bit. Take the Musso for a test drive and decide for yourself, but we reckon, after a D22 Navara, you’ll be amazed at how good a modern dual-cab ute can be at this price-point.

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  • Why is my 2006 Ssangyong Musso going into reverse when it's cold?

    The one thing you haven’t told me, Graham, is whether your Musso has a manual or automatic gearbox. If it’s a manual, my suspicions would be with the clutch. If a clutch plate is damaged or worn, the clutch sometimes doesn’t fully disengage. That can lead to the gearbox not wanting to select gears from standstill with the engine running.

    However, if the transmission is an automatic, then you could, indeed, be looking at a low transmission-fluid level. Unfortunately, the automatic gearbox in this vehicle doesn’t have a dipstick for easy checking of the level, so the first thing to do is take a look underneath the car to see if there are any leaks form the transmission. If there are signs of a fluid leak, then the vehicle needs to go to a transmission shop to have its level checked and the leak fixed.

    Overall, the automatic transmission in the Musso Sport was a solid unit, but it’s now getting on a bit in years, so who knows what state the inside of the transmission is in. If you’re lucky, it will just need a service and a new filter and fluid. But there could be a lot more going on inside. Automatic transmissions rely on simple principles but very complicated assemblies. The valve body is a great example: While it relies on relative hydraulic pressure to choose a gear, the reality is a hugely complex circuit of hydraulic passages and valves.

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  • What 4WD should I buy for towing?

    To get a vehicle with meaningful (as opposed to a theoretical) towing ability of 2.5 tonnes, you really need to shop for a relatively late-model dual-cab 4X4 ute. The reason for that is that many vehicles that claim a 2.5-tonne limit in the brochure fail to explain that there’s also a Gross Vehicle Combination Mass in play and, by the time you’ve added passengers, gear and a full tank of fuel to the towing vehicle, there might not be much of that GCM to devote to a towed load.

    Going for a vehicle with 3000kg or even 35000kg towing capacity in the first place is a good way to ensure you do accidentally start driving around in an overloaded vehicle with all the legal and insurance connotations that involves.

    A lot of the current shape dual-cab utes fall within your budget on a second-hand basis, but there are caveats. Make sure you only buy a ute with a full service history. Some of these vehicles were worked hard by their original owners, so be very careful before handing over the cash. Avoid ex-mine fleet vehicles and don’t be afraid to buy a base-model vehicle if it offers better value. Even a single-cab version of these utes will be a lot cheaper than the dual-cab and, if you don’t need the rear seat, are often a more practical solution. Makes and models include the Ford Ranger, Toyota HiLux, Mazda BT50, Mitsubishi Triton and Isuzu D-Max. For real value for money, vehicles like the Ssangyong Musso can tow 3.5 tonnes, are well equipped and can be had for less than $35,000 drive-away, brand-new. That also gets you a seven-year factory warranty. All of these options are available with the automatic transmission you want and, indeed, this is the best option for a tow vehicle.

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  • SsangYong Musso: What is the towing capacity?

    The Musso’s towing capacity is 3500 kg, and its GCM is 5980 kg.

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Ssangyong Musso Accessories

The base-model ELX comes with part-time 4x4 with low- and high-range, auto-locking rear differential, 17-inch alloy wheels, full-size alloy spare wheel, cruise control, air conditioning, leather steering wheel, LED daytime running lights, fog lights, fabric upholstery, 12.3-inch instrument cluster, 12.3-inch touchscreen multimedia system, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality and a rear-view camera system.

In addition to (or in replacement of) the ELX accessories, the mid-spec Adventure model comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, synthetic leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment and a tyre-pressure monitoring system.

In addition to (or in replacement of) the Adventure accessories, the top-spec Ultimate model comes with heated steering wheel, smart key, HID headlights, keyless entry and a 360-degree view camera system.

An XLV pack is available as an optional extra for all grades and adds 300mm of length to the tray and 20Nm of torque.

On the Ultimate grade you can upgrade to the Luxury pack for extra cost that that adds dual-zone air-conditioning, Dual zone automatic climate control, sunroof, leather upholstery, power adjustable front seats and drivers lumbar.

Ssangyong Musso Accessories

Ssangyong Musso Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Ssangyong Musso varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $37,700 and going to $45,400 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2024 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $37,700 $45,400
2023 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $30,800 $47,630
2022 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $28,710 $48,070
2021 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $24,200 $46,640
2020 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $19,030 $39,050
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Ssangyong Musso Engine

The Musso is powered by a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with a maximum power output of 133kW and 400Nm of torque (increases to 420Nm with the XLV pack fitted).

The Musso has a six-speed auto transmission and adventure enthusiasts should be happy because this is a proper part-time 4x4 with low and high range.

Ssangyong Musso Engine

Ssangyong Musso Dimensions

The dimensions of the Ssangyong Musso Ute vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2024 Ute 1840x1950x5095 mm 215 mm
2023 Ute 1840x1950x5095 mm 215 mm
2022 Ute 1840x1950x5095 mm 215 mm
2021 Ute 1840x1950x5095 mm 210 mm
2020 Ute 1840x1950x5095 mm 210 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Ssangyong Musso Dimensions

Ssangyong Musso Interior

The facelift sees the cabin of the Musso updated to keep it competitive against its heavyweight rivals.

The dashboard has been redesigned to be more horizontally-themed and highlight the newly integrated large air-vents. It also sits lower than the previous dash but showcases the new upgraded tech screens, a 12.3-inch touchscreen multimedia system (up from the previous 8.0-inch system) and the 12.3-inch instrument cluster (up from the old 10.25-inch unit).

A new touchpad climate control panel, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and black headliner round out the cabin's looks.

A small tilt and slide sunroof is available as a part of a 'Luxury Pack', which is an at-cost extra and only available for the Ultimate grade.

Ssangyong Musso Interior

Ssangyong Musso Towing Capacity

The Ssangyong Musso has maximum towing capacity of 3500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2024 Ute 3500kg 3500kg
2023 Ute 3500kg 3500kg
2022 Ute 3500kg 3500kg
2021 Ute 3500kg 3500kg
2020 Ute 2800kg 3500kg
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Ssangyong Musso Colours

The Musso is available in six colours 'Grand White', 'Pearl White', 'Amazonian Green', 'Marble Grey', 'Space Black' and 'Indian Red'. Yet only Grand White is included in the price point, all others are an extra-cost option.

  • Grand White
  • Pearl White
  • Amazonian Green
  • Marble Grey
  • Space Black
  • Indian Red
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Ssangyong Musso Fuel Consumption

The Ssangyong Musso is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 8.6L/100km for Ute /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2024 Ute 8.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2023 Ute 7.9L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2022 Ute 7.9L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2021 Ute 7.9L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2020 Ute 7.9L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Ssangyong Musso Pricing and Specs for 2024

Ssangyong Musso Wheel Size

The Ssangyong Musso has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 235x70 R17 for Ute in 2024.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2024 Ute 235x70 R17 235x70 R17
2023 Ute 255x60 R18 255x60 R18
2022 Ute 255x60 R18 255x60 R18
2021 Ute 255x60 R18 255x60 R18
2020 Ute 235x70 R17 17x7 inches 235x70 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Ssangyong Musso Wheel Sizes

Ssangyong Musso Seats

The SsangYong Musso is only available with five seats in a 2/3 configuration.

Fabric upholstery is the standard trim for the entry-grade ELX model, while the Adventure and Ultimate grades enjoy synthetic leather trims.

Leather upholstery is available as a part of a 'Luxury Pack', which is an at-cost extra and only available for the Ultimate grade.

The rear seat backrest folds down in one piece and features ISOFIX child seat mounts on the outboard seats but the middle seat, no matter the grade-level, only has a lap belt available making it unsuitable children and lowers the safety for a middle seat passenger overall.

Ssangyong Musso Seats

Ssangyong Musso Speed

The SsangYong Musso doesn't have an official 0-100km/h sprint time but you wouldn't be surprised to see it hit it well-over the 10-second mark. Top speed is around 185km/h.

Ssangyong Musso Range

The official combined fuel cycle is 8.6L/100km for all models without the XLV pack fitted. The figure jumps up to 9.0L/100km with the XLV pack fitted.

Based on the combined cycle and the large 75L fuel tank, you should be able to get a driving range between 833km and 872km.

The Musso takes diesel fuel only.