It’s here that the XLV’s positioning begins to work against it.
The decision to offer it only in range-topping ELX trim, which packs it full of kit and makes it appealing in some ways, means that an 18in alloy and relatively low-profile rubber is the sole wheel and tyre combination on offer.
And if you believe, like us, that the dynamic brief of a pragmatic, practical, sensibly priced family car is to be quiet and comfortable first and foremost, you won’t fail to be a bit disappointed by the upshot of that.
Predictably, that upshot is a ride that is slightly abrupt, coarse and unflattering. While it isn’t anywhere near as poor as the similarly positioned MG GS, the ride does just about enough to remind you, every mile or so with a fidget, rumble or thump, that you’re driving something that wasn’t as skilfully judged through the chassis development stages as it might have been.
But all is not lost. There are three presets on power steering weight to choose from. The heaviest, Sport mode, gives the wheel the most helpful on-centre stability and just about enough heft to keep you from overworking the controls at low speeds and inadvertently breaching what are respectable but quite middling grip levels.