The Musso undercuts its pick-up rivals on price and comes with a five-year warranty. However, it’s not as good to drive or to tow with as the best pick-ups.
Performance proved steady, with a 30-60mph time of 15.7 seconds. The Musso continued to pull up to 70mph, but didn’t feel comfortable once it got there. The Al-Ko ATC sensors on the caravan also showed disconcerting movement when slowing from 60mph.
Vague steering didn’t help the driver place the car accurately, and ride comfort was poor with the caravan on the back. It didn’t improve a lot without one, either.
The hill-start test was also disappointing. The handbrake needed a very firm pull to hold and it was possible to briefly spin the wheels, even with the vehicle switched from two- to four-wheel drive.
There are some good points to report, though. The stopping distance of just 10.6 metres is one of the best in the ‘1900kg+’ weight class. What’s more, the Musso is very practical, with a good reversing camera, well installed towing gear, and the reassurance of a full-size spare wheel.
EX is the top specification level, and comes with leather upholstery, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, a seven-inch touchscreen and 18-inch alloy wheels.