SsangYong Tivoli SUV Review
"The SsangYong Tivoli is a stylish compact crossover that comes close to matching its more established rivals in most key areas."
SsangYong is not the most well known car manufacturer, but for those who recognise the name, it'll evoke mental images of large, tough and inexpensive SUVs and MPVs.
The SsangYong Tivoli, however, is a departure from the company's usual output. It's the brand's first model designed to entice buyers with its looks as well as its practicality and low price tag.
The Tivoli is a small SUV that competes with crossover cars like the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur. In this class, the main selling points are fuel economy, ease of driving and trendy SUV styling.
The Tivoli has been built on an all-new platform and is available with either a 1.6-litre petrol or 1.6-litre diesel engine. Sadly neither is particularly efficient or quick, meaning the Tivoli engine range lags behind much of the competition. If you go for four-wheel drive, economy gets even worse, and the same happens if you choose the six-speed automatic gearbox.
SsangYong is pinning its hopes on buyers liking the Tivoli's design, lengthy equipment list and five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty enough to overlook its rivals. While it's not the best in its class and certainly has some weak spots, the car is good enough to stand comparison with the competition.
Build quality and fuel economy are the Tivoli's main weak points, but it isn’t bad to drive and offers plenty of space for passengers inside. We expect buyers choosing the Tivoli will have value for money at the top of their list of priorities and it's certainly worth considering over alternatives from more renowned brands for that reason.
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