Long time reader of CarAdvice but I've never submitted an owner review.
Some info about myself, i'm 47 years old, with partner and no kids. This is my mid-life crisis (part 2).
Here is my review of my Ssangyong Musso MY20 Ultimate 2.2L Turbo Diesel, 6 speed Auto.
Purchased brand new from a central QLD dealer over the phone. I live in the Toowoomba region, however.
The deal was done over the phone and internet and the Musso was delivered directly to me on a transport truck (they kindly took away my trade-in 2012 Kia Rio Si).
Delivery included full set of floor mats and full tank of diesel fuel as part of the deal.
The reason for the purchase of this particular Musso was the Ultimate model, as they are very rare in this specification. A lot of research and hunting around Australia was done to find the vehicle I wanted.
First of all, I have never owned a 4wd vehicle, they have always been small hatchback style cars (apart from my first car which was a 1993 VP Commodore).
The reason I chose Ssanyyong is the specification, price, long warranty, cheap servicing and how car-like the vehicle drives. I did a couple a test drives from the dealers in Brisbane to get an idea about the car, but they couldn't source the car I wanted unfortunately, even from inter-state.
So here we are today.
After owning the vehicle for 3 months I have driven 4,500 km's!
The Musso is my daily driver, toy and 4wd hobby all rolled into one and I couldn't be any happier.
Standouts are the creature comforts and how car-like it drives. I considered Triton and D-Max but honestly they feel like farm vehicles compared to the Musso.
I refuse to drive a vehicle that has rear drum brakes in 2020! The Musso is a rare beast in the world of 4wd's.
Being Ultimate spec, my Musso Ultimate includes:
- Full Nappa leather interior (front and back)
- 8 way drivers' electric seat
- 6 way front passenger seat
- heated and ventilated front seats
- heated rear seats
- heated steering wheel
- electric tilt / slide sunroof
- Android Auto / Apple Car Play. I daily use Android Auto.
- Front and Rear Disc Brakes
- Tyre pressure monitoring 20" Wheels 255/50 (including spare!)
- 360 degree surround-view camera system
- hill decent control
- lane-keeping guidance
- folding rear seat and under seat storage
- fully plastic lined tray, 4 tie down points and 12v socket as standard
- Autonomous Emergency Braking (tested and works well!)
- very cold air conditioning
- electric folding mirrors, key-less entry, HID headlights
- auto wipers, auto headlights, auto high-beam
- auto chromatic rear mirror
- digital dash and speedo
I can honestly say I have tested my car under some very hard conditions (both on and off road) and i find very little to criticize. Road holding, comfort, brakes and steering all great.
The best way to think about the Musso is that it is an SUV with a tray. Rather than a typical 4wd trying to be a passenger car. Because the Musso has a coil-spring rear suspension the on-road driving is much better and the off-road is great too.
Most of the time I'll drive in 4h (rear wheel drive) on the bitumen and any loose surface is driven in 4H or 4L with the selector on next to the transmission.
I'm sure people will complain about the low wading depth of the Musso. I dont care for that, as I wanted good ground clearance to explore 4wd tracks. I would have bought a boat if I wanted to do deep water crossing.
I'm not a "typical" 4wd owner, I have no intention of installing a lift kit, bullbars, winches. All I have added is tinted windows and will look at a roll cover for the tray in the future.
To me the Musso is not a show pony but a do-it-all car that I can enjoy on and off the road. Yes I actually do real low-range 4wd'ing in this car.
On the wish list is to do some serious sand driving on North Stradbroke island or Fraser Island.
I have zero concerns about reliability.
Fuel economy is great (highway driving gives my 7.2l per 100km)
very torquey engine (sits on 1500 rev at 100 km/h , 6th gear)
gearbox is very smooth, I prefer to hold it in 6th manually on the highway)
no problems with grunt with 4 adult passengers and a tray full of gear on a 38c day with air conditioning on maximum.
interior is extremely quiet (no tyre noise, engine noise very muted).
To sum up, I always choose my cars based on value for money. I dont follow other sheep or follow my neighbors with their car purchases.
For Ssangyong to be be a better success their needs to more brand awareness, marketing and a trust of the product.
Most people are snobs with their car purchases and won't give the "little" guy a look unfortunately. The perception is that Ssangyong is a Chinese company, not a South Korean company.
My first mid-life crisis was purchasing my other car in 2015 known as Sponge-Bob, a Skoda Fabia 7 speed Auto in Racing Yellow! Happy to do a review on that car, as I now have 40,000 km on it currently.
thanks for reading!