Sunday 4th October 2015
Yong at Heart
The Tivoli is a snub-nosed little beauty with loads of style. And, yes, I love it
The most popular model in SsangYong's new Tivoli range is an automatic petrol in the top-of-the-range ELX trim in Dandy Blue with a white roof.
And I am delighted because apart from the colour, that is exactly the car I am driving. Until now the SsangYong name has been synonymous with large rural-going vehicles. But in the new Tivoli (Campaign anagram I LOV IT), the Korean company are dipping their toes in an entirely different segment of the market with a nifty little SUV - with a new car out every year this decade.
It is a pretty little car with a neat snub nose, clean lines and a straight hatch that opens to reveal a pretty deep and spacious boot. Underneath, there is even a real spare tyre instead of a pot of glue. And I am not surprised that since it appeared in the UK markets earlier this summer, the Tivoli has sent SsangYong sales souring. It's an incredible entry price - £12,950 for the petrol model and £14,200 for the diesel. But it is the top of the range ELX they are specifying and that comes with SsangYong's award-winning and comfortable heated and cooled leather seats with contrasting stitching. Bluetooth and iPad connectivity. It also has sat-nav, reversing camera, front and rear sensors, automatic headlight and wipers tinted rear windows and much, much more.
In its first inception, which arrived in showrooms in early summer, Tivoli offered a 1.6 petrol engine able to tow 1000kg. It now also comes in a 1.6 diesel with towing capacity of 1500kg and expect an all-wheel drive to be added to the range soon.
While the petrol engine is nippy and nimble, the diesel will offer the kind of emissions and mpg figures that make loads of sense if you are using this car for
town journeys, shopping or just he school run. Plus there are three steering wheel options-Normal, the weightier Sport mode and the much lighter Comfort mode. It means easy driving whether it is mum, dad or the teenage kids at the wheel. SsangYong have also concentrated on safety - the sides are made from over 70percent high strength steel.
Clearly, SsangYong are pushing the boat out with this little SUV and it seems to have been a pretty assures journey with a very clear destination.
Tivoli - I love it.For more information on the SsangYong Tivoli please click here