I have now owned this vehicle for over seven months and have driven 17,000 kilometres so far. I was a bit apprehensive about buying a Ssangyong at first but after speaking to a few owners, and after driving the Musso, I dove straight in.
I drive a Ford Ranger for work and have found the Ssangyong to be on a different page to the Ford product. They're a lot bigger than most utes and the interior spec is a lot more car-biased than your basic ute.
I have heated and cooled seats, a nice info screen and a dash display that has way too many options in it.
I'm 6-foot-4 and also have tall kids, and there have been no complaints about space in the back. The leather is very soft and on long trips they're just perfect.
The engine is very quiet and has enough power and torque for most tasks.
I've towed with hay bales and caravans and have never been left lacking in power. The ride was very stiff for the first 15,000km but it is now a lot more enjoyable on the crap country roads of NSW.
The only issues I've had so far are very small design faults with the towbar being too low and the soft springs on the rear. There is an upgrade for the soft springs but the towbar is just a stupid afterthought. The standard dual-cab tray is quite big and I have also had a canopy fitted.
The wheelbase is very long but you could easily put four or five mountain bikes in completely without any trouble. I haven't been off road yet but I feel that with a good A/T tyre it would be more than capable.
As for servicing I have had great service by the Ssangyong dealer, but for Ssangyong they are very slow in helping with a dealer complaint (selling). So far, Ssangyong reminds me of Jeep Australia with very undertrained office staff and customer service.
But as I found with Jeep, not all dealers are the same and this makes ownership a bit easier. Now would I recommend a Ssangyong for your next car? Hell yeah.
After owning a Holden and Ford, the engineering is 100% an improvement over what Australian manufacturers had offered. The price and warranty alone should prick up your ears.