Our test vehicle is the Musso XLV ELX with optional six-speed automatic transmission for $35,990. The ELX is the work-focused base model in a three-tier XLV line-up that includes mid-level Ultimate and top-shelf Ultimate Plus.
This is a lot of truck for less than $36K when compared to market-leading dual cab 4x4 auto rivals that are $10K more, like Toyota's work-focused HiLux WorkMate ($46,865) and Ford's Ranger XL ($46,440).
However, the ELX doesn't look like a base model with its 17-inch alloy wheels and 235/70R17 tyres with a matching spare. There's also plenty of useful kit like the quality infotainment system with 8.0-inch HD control screen, steering wheel-mounted controls and multiple connectivity including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth.
ELX buyers also get carpet, keyless entry, cruise control, limited slip diff, rear-view camera, daytime running lights and numerous dynamic safety features headlined by AEB. Our test vehicle is also fitted with a tow-bar and electronic brake controller.