To anyone other than a car enthusiast, the mention of SsangYong is likely to be met by a blank look. The vehicle maker, mainly known for buildings SUVs, can trace its roots back 63 years, but it is only the last few years, with the launch of capable vehicles like the Tivoli, that the firm has begun to make inroads into the UK market. In 2016, the South Korean car maker sold 4,444 cars in the UK, more than Subaru and MG, and management hopes that with the launch of this enhanced Korando and the all-new Rexton later this year, that the results will continue on an upward trajectory.

The changes to the Korando are pretty minor, with the changes mainly contained to the front end, where there’s a new bumper, fresh fog lights, LED daytime running lights and an updated bonnet.

More significant enhancements were made to the car around 18 months ago, when the Euro-6 emissions compliant 2.2-litre diesel engine was installed under the bonnet. And it’s a pretty decent unit, with plenty of punch off the line, although you’re always aware of the source of propulsion, especially when starting from cold. At motorway speeds it settles down, but is replaced by wind noise that is disappointingly noticeable. One of the Korando’s biggest assets is its pulling power, and thanks to a maximum towing weight of two tonnes, it makes an affordable tow car for caravaners. Dynamically, there are better SUVs out there to drive, and that’s mainly down to the vague steering that doesn’t offer enough precision. There’s plenty of lean when cornering, too, but thanks to generous grip, you’ll never find that this SsangYong gets out of shape. Experience suggests that the manual gearbox cars are more rewarding to drive on account of an automatic transmission that behaves like a vehicle from a different era, despite being a modern Aisin-sourced unit.

A change to the steering wheel has made a surprising difference to the feel of the Korando. Its chunky rim is great to hold and feels plusher and more expensive than the item installed before. The dashboard has a nicely finished soft top, though this is contrasted by lower console mouldings that creak as you press them. The design is attractive and well thought out, though the orange displays deliver an old-fashioned ambience to the cabin. That said, the navigation system is super clear, with colourful graphics and it’s easy to programme in a destination. Oddment space is well catered for, with a big tray in front of the gear lever and a cubby hole above, as well as a huge glovebox, deep central armrest and sizeable door pockets. Head and legroom is expansive, beating all of the SsangYong’s rivals for spaciousness, while the wide opening rear doors make entry and exit easy, particularly if passengers have restricted mobility. The boot is big with a usefully low loading sill, with handy underfloor storage available for storing extra items. But one of the biggest reasons for buying is the five-year limitless mileage warranty that trumps every other car maker for comprehensiveness.