Lengthy-term assessment: SsangYong Musso Saracen

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Mileage: 1,710
Economic system: 26.3mpg

There was a way of déjà-vu after I picked up our brand-new Musso from SsangYong’s UK headquarters in Luton. That wasn’t right down to the numerous journeys I’ve made to the airport, however quite the Musso’s inside. After operating a long-term SsangYong Rexton for six months final yr, all of it appeared fairly acquainted. And so it ought to, as a result of the 2 fashions share a good bit of apparatus. 

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Regional aftersales supervisor Adrian Ryan took me by way of the truck’s options. Our Musso Saracen isn’t fairly as nicely outfitted as my previous Rexton ELX, but it surely’s nonetheless fairly good for a business car – though few folks will need to deliver grubby overalls or muddy work garments into the good, leather-trimmed inside.

I used to be happy to see the included 9.2-inch infotainment display, with all-important Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There’s additionally TomTom sat-nav, but it surely’s not reside, so site visitors monitoring can’t be used. A minimum of there are free map updates, and the smartphone programs have this characteristic. With Waze now supported by CarPlay, this has develop into my default nav within the Musso already.

Older tech is catered for by an Aux socket, plus there’s a USB outlet within the console, which has simply sufficient energy to maintain my telephone charged whereas utilizing the sat-nav and taking part in music. It will also be used for music on a USB stick, plus there’s Bluetooth for calls and streaming. The display additionally shows the rear digicam picture, though I’d have favored entrance and rear parking sensors or a 360-degree digicam on such an enormous car.

Local weather management is handbook, and it really works nicely, significantly on the max setting which shortly cools an overheated cabin. It does want tweaking every now and then to keep up a cushty degree, although. One other characteristic that SsangYong determined wasn’t wanted on a business car is keyless entry. It’ll foil key-cloning thieves, but it surely’s a ache to fumble for the fob and unlock the automobile solely to place it again in my pocket, as a result of there’s keyless beginning. It might be higher to have each options, otherwise you may as nicely have neither. 

I used to be happy to see the heated steering wheel make it on to the Musso, though I’ve not used it but. What have been tried are the cooled seats, which blow chilly air by way of the bottom. It’s a barely odd sensation, however works nicely for those who’ve simply acquired right into a roasting automobile. The seats are additionally heated and electrically adjustable. The driving place is nice, with sufficient legroom for my giant body, whereas nonetheless retaining respectable legroom within the rear. An aged relative additionally appreciated the seize handles mid-way up the rear door frames to assist her get within the again. 

Our Saracen comes with the important (for me) £512 towbar and a hardtop at £2,334, with becoming for each costing further. The mattress and tailgate liner are additionally softer than these on some rivals, making it simpler on the knees when clambering to the bulkhead. Sadly, the Indian Pink color match on the load bay roof and our automobile is a spark off, and this has already been identified by a number of folks.

We’ve already clocked up virtually 2,000 miles within the quick time the Musso has been on our fleet, many with the rear loaded and towing my Lotus Elise. The torquey diesel is greater than as much as pulling the loaded trailer and is nearly silent on the nationwide pace restrict. 

I wasn’t a fan of the Rexton’s Mercedes-sourced seven-speed auto, which did nothing in a rush, so I used to be happy to see a six-speed Aisin gearbox within the Musso. It’s very easy and a bit extra alert than Rexton’s.

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An enchancment there, then, however what concerning the SUV’s different important failing: the trip? Properly, that’s not been resolved, even with coils quite than the same old truck leaf springs on the rear. On all however the smoothest roads the trip is unsettled, with potholes establishing a shudder than ripples by way of your complete automobile. Perhaps I’ll be taught to reside with it, as a result of there’s a lot else to love concerning the Musso.