Friday 23rd October 2015
GOING FOR A SSANG...
Keen pricing, creature comforts and the easy driving of the Tivoli should make Korean marque appeal to far more people.
It sounds like a ravioli but the Tivoli is actually the tastiest car SsangYong have ever served up.
SsangYong may be a bit of a mouthful and they’ve lived in the shadow of Korean car firms Hyundai and Kia. But the Tivoli is a real sign that they can emulate their fellow countrymen.
This crossover has genuine mass-market appeal that can hold its own in a fiercely competitive sector.
So if you’re on the hunt for a good value, well-equipped small crossover, the SsangYong Tivoli deserves to be on your shortlist.
In the UK at least, SsangYong have played the role of a niche player, with a range of large SUVs designed to appeal to those who put practicality, value and warranties above all else.
The Tivoli is an entirely different proposition – it’s much smaller, is being launched in two-wheel-drive guise and is designed to appeal to young and trendy types.
This is a tough market to go into but this SsangYong is a true star. The firm have therefore invested in a £1million TV campaign with the aim of making the Tivoli a household name.
For SsangYong, this is a significant investment. There’s an awful of a lot resting on the Tivoli’s shoulders.
On the basis of our first drive, the car is certainly up for the challenge. The Tivoli looks fresh and feels like no other SsangYong of the past.
Two all-new 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines are available. A CO2 figure of 113g/km for the diesel version is a new territory for SsangYong.
On the road, steering is nicely weighted, it’s undemanding to drive and is perfect for daily family chores.
However, it’s the interior where the Tivoli makes the biggest jump in quality. The finish is excellent, especially for a car in this price bracket, and the ergonomics are much improved.
Prices start at £12,950 and the SsangYong is very well equipped, too.
Even on the basic SE trim level, you’ll find air conditioning, 16in alloy wheels, cruise control, Bluetooth, steering wheel audio controls, seven airbags and engine start/stop come as standard.
But it’s the mid-spec EX trim where the Tivoli starts to offer exceptional value for money.
For an extra £1650, buyers are treated to heated leather seats, 18in alloys, dual-zone climate control, seven-inch touchscreen and a rear-view camera.
Special mention must go to the seats – which are leather on the EX and ELX models – and offer excellent levels of side support. Apparently, SsangYong have won an award for them in Korea.
This Tivoli makes sure that SsangYong are suddenly sitting very comfortably.