What is it?
Cast your mind back to last year's Frankfurt motor show and you may recall that Ssangyong revealed a concept dubbed the XLV (for Exciting Lifestyle Vehicle) Air. It was essentially an elongated version of the firm's small SUV, the Tivoli, which has since found approximately 63,000 homes around the world.
The Air Concept hinted at a seven-seat layout but the final production version we're driving here (in Spain) seats five without the option of adding a sixth or seventh perch. However, because the XLV has the same wheelbase as the standard Tivoli but nearly 24cm more length beyond its C-pillar, it now has a much larger boot, at a claimed 720 litres.
Ssangyong hopes the introduction of the XLV will take Tivoli-based sales nearer the 100,000 mark worldwide, although it feels UK buyers will expect a higher specification. As such, the XLV is only available with the firm's pricier 113bhp 1.6 e-XDi160 four-cylinder diesel, with manual or automatic gearboxes and the options of both two and four-wheel drive.
Standard equipment is generous, with features such as leather seats, climate control, sat-nav, keyless entry and seven airbags thrown in. As a result, while the XLV won't have a headline-grabbing entry price of the sorts enjoyed by its smaller stablemate, it should still start from around a very reasonable £17,000.