SsangYong Tivoli (15 on) – Review
The SsangYong Tivoli has been tested in freezing winter weather and scorching deserts – such is the South Korean manufacturer's determination to unseat its crossover rivals Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, and Peugeot 2008.
Sharing its name with an Italian town, the Tivoli is the latest kid on the block to offer comfort, style, space and safety in one package. Pricing is yet to be announced, but expect it to cost around £13,000
It looks strong and aggressive with small windows and high body lines. A sloping roof adds a sporty element, while a choice of 16- or 18-inch alloy wheels tick the style box.
Inside the SsangYong Tivoli
The cabin looks modern and luxurious, if a little busy, and includes a racy flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, which can be heated if so desired.
Personalisation is high up on the agenda with six instrument cluster background colours, red, blue, sky-blue, yellow, white and black, and three interior trim colours - black, beige and red - to choose from.
The boot is 423 litres with the seats up and the second row can be folded to create a flat load space for larger items.
A choice of two engines
The Tivoli will be launched with the curiously titled e-XGi160 1.6-litre petrol engine, which puts out 124bhp and has been developed for both urban and motorway driving.The diesel engine will follow, and will also be a 1.6-litre. You can have a manual or automatic transmission, both with six gears.
Steering feel can be adjusted by the Smart Steer system, which offers Normal, Comfort and Sport modes. Suspension takes the form of McPherson struts and springs at the front and Torsion beam at the back.
Equipment and safety technology
The car has been bolstered in key areas and 40 percent of the body is made from high strength steel, so it should be strong in the event of a crash.
Active safety features include and Electronic Stability Program, LED daytime running lights, and a tyre pressure monitor. There are also seven airbags seatbelt pre-tensioners.
You can connect your smartphone to the Tivoli’s seven inch display screen via an HDMI cable in order to stream video or music through the six-speaker stereo system.
Dual zone climate control should keep the temperature just so, and a six-sensor, front and rear park-assist system, should help you avoid bumper scrapes.
It will go on sale this summer after an international launch in March. Check back for the full Parkers SsangYong Tivoli review later this year.
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