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SsangYong Tivoli XLV Comparison

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We’ve been driving the XLV version, so do we prefer it to our standard model?

Given SsangYong’s fledgling status in the UK, it’s not every day that someone gets to experience one from behind the wheel, let alone more than one. Our Tivoli’s teething problems with its engine warning light meant that I spent a decent amount of time in its crossover estate stablemate, the XLV.

At £2000 more than the standard Tivoli (£19,250 to start and £20,266 as tested), there’s a premium to pay for the extra space. But with SsangYong’s generous equipment levels, you get a lot for your cash.

It’s safe to say that the extra boot space in the XLV is its raison d’etre. When driving, a more noticeable bounce over bumps is evident, but overall the XLV is a touch more grown-up than its standard counterpart. Think of it like a Land Rover Discovery Sport to the Tivoli’s Range Rover Evoque.



The main difference is at the rear, with that extra portion of practicality added to the Tivoli’s existing boot space. There’s a subtle styling tweak at the front end, too (for the better). The rear styling is where it falls down slightly. The standard Tivoli has the strength to loosely resemble the Mini Countryman from behind, whereas the XLV is a little more clunkily styled.

Outward rear visibility takes a hit, too. The small, more rear window makes the view out feel a little more pinched, but the reversing camera and rear sensors remedy this.

It’s a close one to call between the Tivoli and XLV. In my time with the XLV, the engine warning light hasn’t illuminated, so it’s fair to assume that the Tivoli’s issues may just be exclusive to our example.

The XLV’s huge space is far more family-friendly than the already roomy Tivoli. It’s close to the price of the base-spec ford focus estate, too, which is eye-opening. 

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