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SsangYong is a brand to keep a very close eye on

Welcome to what we’ve christened Auto Express Model Year 2016. To borrow more from the car industry vernacular, we’ve made a few tweaks to our design language, given you more space inside and there’s even more of the high-quality content that has helped us become Britain’s favourite weekly car magazine – by some margin.
                It’s you who matters most to us and we’ve listened to your feedback on the magazine to give you exactly what you’ve asked for – a bigger, better Auto Express with the best journalism around. And as usual we’d love to hear what you think, so feel free to drop me a line at the E-mail address below, or via Twitter, Facebook or letter.
                But while we’re going bigger, the car industry continues to go smaller – downsizing is still all the rage, as our story on Skoda’s baby Yeti (above) reveals.
                It won’t be long before every car maker has a small SUV on its roster, and every one of them has upmarket pretensions – whether justifiably or not. Improvements in quality and kit are welcome, but premium pricing for non-premium products isn’t.
                Which is why one car has caught my eye this week. We’ve had our first drive in the UK in the new SsangYong Tivoli. It’s not the most fashionable of brands (and I’ll leave you to decide on whether the looks are fashionable or not), but it’s a car that has impressed for its quality and kit at a price that makes rivals look overpriced: £12,950 for a small SUV with alloys, air-con and other niceties, or £14,600 for one with even more kit and leather seats. Unlike some of SsangYong’s other offerings, the Tivoli drives nicely, too. We’ve seen giant improvements from Korean makers before, but not on this scale.
SsangYong is a brand to keep a very close eye on.

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