Ssangyong’s positioning of the XLV is steadfastly Korean in approach.
The model is not intended to be a cut-price alternative to mainstream options; instead, it is meant to compete with them as a simultaneously better equipped and manifestly more affordable rival.
Consequently, the sole ELX trim comes with leather seats (heated front and rear), dual-zone air-con, keyless start, automatic lights and wipers, the 7.0in touchscreen with nav, cruise control and 18in wheels for slightly less than Nissan charges for its cheapest (and far less well equipped) Qashqai.
It’s also worth noting that the Renault can be had with a dual-clutch automatic transmission that doesn’t penalise emissions.
That’s in stark contrast to the XLV, which adds an old-fashioned torque-converting 37g/km of CO2 to the road duty obligations. Buy it with four-wheel drive as well and the Ssangyong’s emissions total rises to 164g/km – almost 30g/km higher than the range-topping Seat Ateca, which develops 74bhp more from a larger-capacity engine.