2024 SsangYong Musso Adventure XLV review

Is the 2024 SsangYong Musso any good

SsangYong Musso Adventure XLV  – Over the Christmas break I had a SsangYong Musso XLV Adventure 4WD Dual Cab Ute for an extended period.

SsangYong Musso Adventure XLV Ute bonnet and grill 2 This is the mid-level model with the extended tub. So its right in the sweet spot for features and pricing.

The SsangYong Musso had a successful sales year in 2023, almost doubling the previous year with sales of around 3500 units.

The Musso XLV is spacious and comfortable inside with heated and ventilated front leather seats, 12.3 inch digital driver instrument display and another 12.3 inch central touch screen.

The XLV pack is a $1500 option and should be a given. With it the wheelbase is 110mm longer and the tub is 300mm longer as well.

It comes with a part time dual range 4WD system, a 2.2L turbo diesel engine with 133kW of power and with the 6 speed AT and the XLV option, some 420Nm of torque. It drives well above what those figures may suggest.

The SsangYong Musso XLV Adventure is priced from around $42,000 drive away and that listeners is absolutely stunning value. What you are getting is Korean build quality for Chinese prices.

Like all vehicles there are subtle differences and the Musso would not be my first pick for a harsh trip to Cape York. However, for towing, normal outback touring, a work Ute or even a practical family Ute it would be right up there as a choice alongside the Navara, D-Max or HiLux.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the Musso double sales again this year.

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SsangYong Musso Adventure XLV Ute on sand trail

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SsangYong Musso Adventure XLV Final Thoughts

The problem with the Musso Adventure XLV is that potential buyers just haven’t driven it.

SsangYong Musso suffers from a perception issue. People think its Chinese – it isn’t obviously.

It suffers in comparison to the Japanese brands and shouldn’t.

Buyers aren’t sure about it but are slowly coming around to finding out about it.

The Musso offers outstanding value for money and a 7-year unlimited km warranty.

With the extra tub space and reasonable performance of the XLV there is lots of interior comfort and space as well as features you find in more expensive Utes.

Proven 4WD system and 3500kg towing capability.

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What is good?

  • Ride and handling
  • Larger tub capacity
  • Outstanding value for money

What is not so good?

  • For just a few thousand dollars more you can get the top spec model.
  • Would like wireless smart phone mirroring.
  • Would love 150kW/500Nm

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Instead of a Musso Adventure XLV What else could I buy?

Dual Cab 4WD Utes are a popular segment with 3 of the top ten selling vehicles in 2023 Utes. In fact, the top three were Utes.

The Musso Adventure breaches that gap between the Chinese Utes and the Japanese Utes. It’s a bit of a work Ute as well as a recreational based 4WD Ute.

So buyers could look at LDV T60, GWM Cannon, the all new Triton, Nissan Navara SL, Toyota HiLux SR5, Isuzu D-Max LS-U, Mazda BT-50,

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SsangYong Musso

Model

Musso Adventure XLV

Model Price$44,000 RDAP*
Engine2.2L 4 Cyl Turbo Diesel Euro 6
Drivetrain6 Sp Sports AT Dual range 4WD
Power133kW @ 4,000rpm
Torque420Nm @ 1,400-2,800rpm
SafetyN/A
0-100kmh / Top SpeedTBA
CO2 Emissions226 g/km
Economy ADR9.0L/100km / 75L capacity
Economy on test9.5L/100k
Max Range870km
Range on test750km
Servicing12Mth / 15,000km 7 Yrs. Capped Price
Warranty7yr/ Unlimited km
Roadside Assist7Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

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Overall Rating    

87/100

Behind the Wheel8
Comfort9
Equipment9
Performance8
Ride and Handling9
Practicality8
Fit for Purpose8
AWD/Towing Capability*9 (4WD 4/5 Towing 5/5)
Technology/connectivity9
Value for Money10

*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.

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Dimensions

Musso Adventure XLV

Overall Length5409mm
Wheelbase3210mm
Width1950mm
Height1855mm
Wheels18×7.5 Alloy
Tyres255/60 R18
Max ground clearanceUp to 215mm
Wading DepthTBA
Approach25 degrees
Rampover20 degrees
Departure angle20 degrees
Turning Circle KTK12.2m
Tub Length1600mm
Tub width arches1150mm
Tub width1570mm
Tub Depth570mm
Kerb Weight2100kg
Payload (kg)880kg
GVM (kg)2980kg
GCM6480kg
Towing Capacity3500kg
Tow Ball rating350kg

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Overall Rating
  • 8.7/10
    Rating - 8.7/10
8.7/10

Summary

The problem with the Musso Adventure XLV is that potential buyers just haven’t driven it.

SsangYong Musso suffers from a perception issue. People think its Chinese – it isn’t obviously.

It suffers in comparison to the Japanese brands and shouldn’t.

Buyers aren’t sure about it but are slowly coming around to finding out about it.

About Rob Fraser 2469 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.