Friday 23rd October 2015
THERE'S A LOT TO LOVE
SsangYong’s Tivoli is a cracking wee SUV, says MAGGIE BARRY.
Just in time for the winter weather, the delightful little SsangYong Tivoli SUV is becoming available with four-wheel drive.
It is a fantastic car for the price, packed full of equipment you would expect to pay extra for.
It stands quite cheekily on the road, with a neat front end sporting headlights and fog lights, and a robust rear with a nicely shaped hatch and sporty little antenna.
Its style credentials are bang on, with drivers offered either a single colour or a bold body colour and contrasting roof in black or white.
Inside, it is all leather on the EX and ELX models, which are basically the second and third trim levels.
It is always very nice to get into a car with leather seats – especially when they are heated. And with the Tivoli, you can even go one better and specify the red leather pack, which looks fantastic with the black exterior.
The Tivoli is new venture for SsangYong, who until now have really been known for big beasts that straddle the road.
The Tivoli now offers a car for everyday use and one which is very appealing indeed.
“Tivoli is the biggest thing to happen to SsangYong,” said boss Paul Williams.
“We introduced the diesel a couple of months ago so that we can now offer greater power, increased economy and a 1.5-ton towing capability and, before the end of this year, we will have the all-wheel drive in the showrooms.”
The instrument binnacle on the Tiv can be customised to match your mood by changing to ambient colour scheme from cool blue to mellow yellow, dangerous red or poised white.
The entry-level SE model comes with radio and Bluetooth and the EX and ELX have a seven-inch touchscreen that houses Tom Tom sat nav in the top spec.
There are 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines with manual and automatic options from EX upwards. All-wheel drive is available in the diesel versions.
Steering can be changed from normal to weightier sport mode or the lighter comfort mode, depending on your preference.
It drives well and offers 65.7mpg ion the 1.6-litre diesel manual, with only 113g/km of CO2 emissions.
The warranty is an astonishing five years and unlimited mileage.
Standard safety equipment includes tyre pressure monitoring, hill start assist, front and rear parking sensors, auto headlights and wipers and the sides are made from more than 70 per cent high strength steel for maximum protection in side impacts.
Tivoli spelt backwards reads I love it – and that is probably going to be response from most people who drive this car.
SsangYong have two new SUVs on the way to join the Tivoli in their new much-improved family.
The first is a long-wheelbase version of the new Tivoli crossover called the XAV-Adventure.
The Korean car makers aim to cover all angles of the booming small SUV market.
The new XLV-Air retains the platform and styling cues of the Tivoli but with increased interior space for passengers and luggage.
The XAV-Adventure is a more rugged compact SUV built to offer maximum off-road ability, with a boxy shape and tough profile aimed at outdoor types.
For more information on the SsangYong Tivoli click here