Previous SsangYong pick-up models have vastly undercut obvious rivals on price - but then arguably that kind of approach isn't too difficult when the product concerned isn't quite as sophisticated as the competition. This 'Q200'-series Musso model is the brand's first really class-competitive pick-up, yet it still manages to maintain a useful price advantage over its rivals, prices for mainstream variants sitting in the £22,000 to £30,000 bracket, excluding VAT.
There are four trim levels - 'EX' (only offered with a manual 'box), 'Rebel' and Saracen' (offered in manual or auto forms) and 'Rhino' (auto only). Where available, automatic transmission is a £1,250 option. The main body style on offer is the standard Doublecab one - which is what nearly all customers in this segment want - though SsangYong has also developed a long wheelbase 'Longbed' body shape if you want a larger cargo bay; this comes with top 'Rhino'-spec, which comes with niceties like 17-inch alloy wheels, climate control and all-round parking sensors, plus a package of camera safety kit.
All Musso variants get the same mechanical package, a 2.2-litre 181PS e-XDi diesel mated to four wheel drive. If you're shopping in this segment, you'll probably be familiar with the main alternatives. The only rival that can match this Musso's asking prices is Isuzu's D-Max, but if you specified one of those up to match the spec of this SsangYong, you'd probably need the best part of another £1,000. And then you'd still be getting yourself a pick-up with less power and higher running costs.