There are two 1.6-litre engines – one petrol and one diesel. The 128PS petrol does need to be worked hard to deliver useful performance and it isn’t the most frugal petrol engine on the market, but it has enough power for rural roads or motorways. The 115PS diesel, while a little coarse, is better thanks to a torque output almost twice that of the petrol and reasonable economy of 65.7mpg.
Ride comfort is good, while grip levels and handling are acceptable. An enthusiastic driver won’t necessarily relish driving the Tivoli, especially compared to the Nissan Juke, but most will find it perfectly capable and easy to drive, whether in town, on the motorway or on a rural road.
It might have a few shortcomings, but thanks to a well-made, family-friendly cabin and a very generous level of standard equipment they are easily forgiven. Factor in the very competitive pricing starting at less than £13,000, along with an impressive five-year unlimited mileage warranty and the SsangYong Tivoli starts to look like an absolute bargain.