PRE­MIUM SUV

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - ADVENTUREDRIVE -

Ssang Yong Musso

Re­mem­ber the Musso and how in­ter­est­ing it was? It was a turn­ing point for the brand lo­cally, though it seems they turned around again in re­cent years.

These ma­chines were fa­mously pow­ered by Mercedes en­gines and much bet­ter than any­one had an­tic­i­pated. Be­cause of that, a rea­son­able num­ber are driv­ing about in South Africa and ev­ery once in a while, one pops up for sale.

This par­tic­u­lar unit is on sale for R36 000, which is great value for so much car. A glance at our ini­tial road test years ago re­veals that the Musso is com­fort­able and a great com­pan­ion on a long-dis­tance trip. It also punched way above its weight, even back then. Just imag­ine how good it could be with­out the con­straints of me­chan­i­cal sym­pa­thy.

It’s pow­ered by a 2.9-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated five-cylin­der diesel engine, pro­duced un­der li­cence from Mercedes-Benz, which is a re­li­able mo­tor if the owner stuck to the reg­u­lar ser­vice in­ter­vals.

THE GOOD: Musso di­rectly trans­lates to Rhino. Now that’s cool.

THE BAD: You’ll have to ex­plain to younger peo­ple what it is and it is ridicu­lously slow.

CAN IT 4x4? Yes. It may take 18 sec­onds to get to 100km/h, but once it gets go­ing...

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