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COMPARISON

Pick-ups mega-test

Mitsubishi Ssangyong L200

Barbarian Musso Rebel

Double List price inc Cab VAT

List £28,433 price inc VAT

£34,056 List price ex VAT

List £23,745 price ex VAT

£28,380

EVEN IF YOU’VE heard of

THE Ssangyong, MITSUBISHI youL200 probably and Fiat know

Fullback the South Cross Korean are identical manufacturer in

most forways building – a bit cheap like Jedward. and cheerful But

before models youthat skiplook overathis bit, pick-up, well,

assuming different. there’s But like nothing the animal new the

to say Musso after isreading named after about(it’s theKorean

Fullback, for ‘rhino’, holdiffire, you’re because wondering), there

areyou’ll a few underestimate key differences. the

For company’s example, new legpick-up room inat the your

rear peril, isn’tbecause quite asin good many as it ways is init’s

thereally Fullback, quite because good. the thickly

padded Because leather it’seats based that onyou theget

Rexton

with SUV, Barbarian the Musso trimbenefits take away from

a few a number extra millimetres of featuresof that knee are

room usually for those limited in the to more rear. It’s luxurious only

a minor mainstream difference, cars. granted, For example, but

it’sits not interior ideal when is a cut theabove rest of those the of

interior almost is equally of itsdisappointing,

rivals, featuring

dueplenty to low-rent of soft-touch plastics plastics and a and

flawed switches driving that position. are well damped

Things and even don’t quite getsatisfying much better to use.

forThere’s the L200 also when loads you oflook spaceatin

the the difference front and inback, performance a bright and

between responsive it andinfotainment the Fullback, with system

theand official no shortage figures showing of standard that

theequipment, L200 is significantly includingslower heatedin

theand 0-62mph cooleddash, leather even seats. though

they have It’s a hushed the samenvironment, engine and too.

basic Pick-ups, underpinnings. by their very nature,

That are usually said, the loud difference and agricultural, in pace

doesn’t but the seem Musso quite isso almost dramatic serene in in

thecomparison real world, with both most. engines Its 2.2-litre

providing diesel engine enough remains grunt to smooth cope

with and towing. subdued Buteven there’s under no hard

denying acceleration, that thewhile L200it issimply slowerfades

than into itsthe Italian background cousin. at a cruise.

Fortunately, And becausethe L200 frontisend slightly has

more been enjoyable borrowed to from drivethe on the Rexton,

road, it also because benefits ride fromis steering a bit more that

supple. feelsIt’s more still like among a regular the least SUV’s

comfortable than a traditional pick-ups, pick-up’s; but it isn’t in

quite other as crashy words, as it’sthe accurate, Fullback light

over and potholes pleasingly anddirect.

the like.

ButHowever, perhaps the most Mussoimportant

is not

difference immunebetween from faults the L200 – far from and it.

theFirstly, Fullback to maximise Cross is thespace price. inside,

To lease, Ssangyong the L200 has compromised

an absolute

bargain on the compared size of the with loadthe

bed,

Fullback, resulting although in by far some the options, shortest

such one ashere parking – something sensors, are you might

available find restrictive. only as expensive dealerfit

accessories Second, the onMusso the L200. has the

least comfortable ride of all our

‘Although

pick-ups. The extra-stiff

theyrear

suspension needed to give the

use Mussothe its impressive same load-hauling

ability causes it to shimmy and

engine, shudder over the smallest L200 of

imperfections. A heavy load in the

isbed slower calms things than down somewhat,

but the shuddering through the

body never really goes away.

the Fullback’

1

1 Worst infotainment 2 As in the Fullback, 3 High seating position

All protection

system here, with no paddle shifters are a rare and a low roof mean

81% 84% 76% 64%

physical shortcut buttons touch of class in a drab, taller drivers might find

and convoluted menus cheap-feeling interior visibility restricted

AEB No

Musso’s steering is well weighted and accurate, but its on-road manners are undermined badly by a stiff, uncomfortable ride

915mm

970mm

1390mm

1505mm

685mm

700mm

BEST

REAR

SPACE

Poor Load headbed room sizeishas tempered been sacrificed by generous for extra leg room; interior relatively space, which narrowisinterior the best means here, the withL200 acresfeels of head jointand tightest, leg room; with the it’s Fullback wide, too

STATS, SPECS AND RATINGS

0-62mph

na

Top

speed

115mph

Engine 4cyl,2157cc,diesel

Peak power 179bhp @ 4000rpm

Peak torque 295Ib ft @ 1400-2800rpm

Gearbox 6-spd automatic

Kerb weight 2165kg

Turning circle 13.0m

Economy 32.8mpg

(NEDC average)

Tank 75 litres

CO 2 emissions 226g/km

SAFETY

Euro NCAP crash rating

Not tested

AEB No

2

1

1 The infotainment’s

8.0in touchscreen is

responsive, sharp and

relatively intuitive

940mm 970mm

2

1430mm1525mm

1070mm

1070mm

2 The Musso feels

surprisingly plush inside,

thanks to a good spread

of soft-touch plastics

3

3 Visibility is excellent,

thanks to a high seating

position and wide,

upright windows

L200 is marginally more comfortable than the related Fullback Cross, but it’s slower and suffers from the same inaccurate steering

3

STATS, SPECS AND RATINGS

0-62mph

11.8sec

Top

speed

111mph

Engine 4cyl,2442cc,diesel

Peak power 177bhp @ 3500rpm

Peak torque 317Ib ft @ 2500rpm

Gearbox 5-spd automatic

Kerb weight 1860kg

Turning circle 12.4m

Economy 37.7mpg

(NEDC average)

Tank 75 litres

CO 2 emissions 196g/km

SAFETY

Euro NCAP crash rating

yyyyy

BEST

FRONT

SPACE

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