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IAN LAMMING ASSESSES THE REBIRTH OF A MARQUE WITH THE NEW SSANGYONG TIVOLI

Everything in the garden is definitely rosy down at SsangYong.

One look at the new Tivoli tells you that the revival of this Korean manufacturer continues apace.

As if Korando and Rexton W weren’t enough, SsangYong has now added another SUV to the range, the Tivoli and it stands out from the crowds with very 21st century looks.

It is angular, aggressive and extremely contemporary. Proportions are perfect and it catches the light and the eye from every direction.

The SUV market is saturated with just about every manufacturer offering something to the bewildered buying public but Tivoli is different and if SsangYong’s track record is anything to go by, will offer the best value for money.

The interior looks stunning too with a fantastic fascia, the use of quality materials and a high specification including seven airbags and IT connectivity.

With the choice of 1.6 litre petrol and diesel engines and two and four wheel drive, Tivoli will be as happy cutting through the streets as it will be in the countryside.

As the purse strings tighten, the size of popular SUV’s has begun to shrink with Tivoli entering the fray with sub-Korando proportions but clever use of internal space.

New engines will also be cleaner and more fuel efficient to reduce tax, boost mpg figures and protect the environment. Both engines come with the choice of manual or automatic gearboxes.

Interiors can be trimmed in fabric or leather with the choice of colours – even down to switching the backlighting of the cylindrical instruments, which is a nice touch. It will also benefit from being one of the widest SUV’s in class to give the feeling of space and there will be more than ample connectivity to IT devices.

The dashboard has been inspired by the shape of the outstretched wings of a bird and the tactile nature of the interior will be enhanced by the flat-bottomed chunky leather steering wheel and bucket seats.

Great care has gone into providing internal storage and the centre console is large enough to house the ubiquitous iPad, proof that SsangYong is keeping pace with the technological world we live in as the brand continues to bloom.

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