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SsangYong Musso Car Review

NRMA Motoring Date: 22 1996

Mercedes Benz has its stamp of approval on one of the latest into the already well for 4WD recreational market, the SsangYong from South Korea.

here in Australia by Mercedes Australia through its dealer the Musso is leaning heavily on its with Benz and that it is with petrol and diesel plus an automatic transmission by Benz and assembled under by the SsangYong Motor Co.

Although is not a household name in Australia, the has been operating in Korea as a 4WD and vehicle manufacturer for over years with the first plus years under the of Ha Dong Hwan Motor.

The equipment levels available in the are essentially determined by the choice of or petrol engine. Once decision is made the list of features tends to follow The diesel version of the Musso is at $40,900 whilst our petrol vehicle is competitively priced at

The Musso is quite clearly at the mid four wheel segment of the and Pajero, Prado, Jeep and are clearly in its sights.

Along list of features is on the Musso with a short of extras such as alloy cruise control, remote entry and sunroof are also although this list not include air bags.

The most about and seemingly attractive of the Musso is its Mercedes-Benz designed Although assembled by SsangYong, the 3.2 six cylinder petrol and 2.9 litre cylinder diesel engines are the same as those used by in the E320 saloon and the G-wagon.

claiming to be the most powerful drive in its class, the Musso has to be driven with some to appreciate the power available. The engine in our test vehicle very well is spite of the of engine noise evident full throttle is employed. The is at its best cruising on the highway good handling characteristics at speeds.

The 4 speed automatic transmission is Benz, whereas the 5 speed box is a Borg Warner unit. The changes are typical of the Benz having a tendency to flare on up shifts.

The ride provided by the bars on double wishbones at the and coil springs and multi-links at the is quite acceptable on the bitumen However, it is inclined to be little on loose surfaces requiring the full attention.

Its off-road ability would be as average only, with limitations on wheel travel and angle, and the gear selector is not conducive to quick selection drive and reverse in bog mode. the Musso is a full-time four-wheel low range can only be selected stationary and in neutral.

Seating is comfortable front and rear adequate head and leg room for four adults. A fifth in the centre rear however, is for all but short trips. I did find the seat lumbar support a harsh on the highest setting.

General storage and luggage was sufficient for this size

Body styling of the Musso attracts or distracts depending on personal likes and dislikes. It has a unique style and identity of its own both positive and negative

Quality of finish however, is of high standard.

Service intervals are set at 10,000 km and the year or 100,000km warranty is by SsangYong’s three year roadside assistance scheme. is assured wherever there is a dealer.


The Musso is not a that will appeal to all drivers and it certainly has room for to raise it to the level of its major

It does however provide comfortable touring attributes and level off-road performance.

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