Not for nothing but the top-spec SsangYong Rodius, the full size MPV with a premium saloon’s rear-wheel-drive handling, an early boost turbodiesel mated to a fast-twitch Mercedes-Benz 5G-tronic automatic gearbox, a cavernous cabin fitted with three sitting rows instead of the four it can accommodate, and a driveline designed from the start to have on-demand four-wheel-drive, yup, that one … we’d nickname her the “Diplomat.”

SsangYong’s top of the line Rodius ELX 2.0L 5AT 4WD has power to clear datum in a hurry, and with all-weather ( nearly all-terrain) traction. Her seats could be slid into a roomy rolling office configuration (or even an emergency sleeper) that rivals that of any stretch limo.  And her P1.59M price tag isn’t something any flag delegation would be embarrassed disclosing to constituents or oversight committees.