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SsangYong are on song

SSANGYONG are getting cooler with their own Gangnam Style.

The Korean firm have their go in the district famous by the catchy chart hit from Psy that was the first YouTube video to reach one billion views three years ago.

And now SsangYong are rocketing up the charts on our shores thanks to their HQ in Scotland at Frasers of Falkirk.

Frasers are the fastest selling SsangYong dealership in Great Britain and interest is booming thanks to the new entry model Tivoli which starts at £12,950 with a class-leading five-year/ unlimited mileage warranty.

SsangYong bosses are convinced they are now catching up with Korean car cousins Hyundai and Kia for quality - and the Tivoli emphasises just that.

The SsangYong Tivoli takes the flight to compact crossovers such the Nissan Juke the Renault Captur with budget pricing, a couple of gutsy engines to choose from and a build quality you wouldn't expect at this price point.

The Tivoli is one of those cars that, the longer you look at it, the more design influences you can see.

There’s something of the Kia Soul in its overall proportioning, with Nissan Juke rear haunch, front end that’s modern Renault in a good way, some Citroen DS3 about the rear three-quarter and an interior that’s glitzy in an upper-model Vauxhall way.

The Tivoli is by no stretch of the imagination a bad looking car.  Nor indeed a cheap looking one.

The detailing such as the floating effect roof, the satin roof rails and the materials quality of the interior are at least as good as, if not better than, many of its mainstream rivals.

The cabin certainly feels as if it's been the recipient of better quality dash panels and seats than, say, a Nissan Juke.

The boot measures 423 litres to the parcel shelf, which is perfectly adequate in this class. The Koreans certainly haven’t done things by halves here.

This is no cut-down Korando chassis with a bunch of carry-over engines. The Tivoli has had some serious investment thrown at it, and it shows.

The chassis is all-new, albeit hardly adventurous in design, with MacPherson struts up front and it space-efficient torsion beam rear end.

There’s a choice of two 1.6 litre engines, a 128PS petrol unit and 115PS diesel. Buyers can select either 2WD or 4WD model variants and prices start affordably from about £13,000.

There are SE, EX and ELX trim levels, but all Tivoli versions get 16in alloy wheels, cruise control, a stop/go system (on the petrol version), Smart steering (with normal, comfort and sport modes), an RDS/Bluetooth radio and seven airbags.

With the Tivoli, SsangYong are delivering some convincing arguments as to why the big players in this sector should be worried.

For more information on the SsangYong Tivoli please click here

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