The delightful Ssangong Stavic. A favourite among families and funeral parlour owners.

A new model has just been announced. It’s just gone on sale in the UK under the Turismo moniker, but it’s likely to be badged Stavic locally.

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The Korean automaker describes it as a distinctive looker. And they’re not wrong. It’s distinctively ugly. A bolder front end and a rear that looks Ford Kuga-esque, the new model is far from attractive. It resembles the hippopotamus from Madagascar.

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But its practical virtues are still there. The Stavic has a 3000mm wheelbase and three rows of seats. The third row can be removed completely.

Power comes from a 2-litre turbocharged diesel engine and it has a Mercedes-Benz derived automatic transmission. Power is sent to the rear wheels, but the range-topping EX has selectable 4×4.

In other markets, it’s known as the Rodius or Turismo. We think a Stavic by any other name would still be as ugly.