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Ssangyong TIVOLI HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITION 1.6 D LE 5dr

Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
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Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr
Ssangyong TIVOLI 1.6 D LE 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG55.40
  • 0-62mph12 secs
  • Top Speed109 mph
  • C02133 g/km
  • BHP115
  • Torque221 lbs/f
  • P11D33%

Review

This much improved Ssangyong Tivoli takes the fight to small SUVs like the Nissan Juke and the Renault Captur with budget pricing, a gutsy rejuvenated range of engines and build quality the like of which you wouldn't credit at this price point. It's proving to be Ssangyong's breakthrough model.

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Ssangyong's small SUV, the Tivoli, offers a lot of crossover for the cash. Jonathan Crouch reports on the improved version.

Background

The Tivoli was the car that launched Ssangyong into the mainstream. Introduced in 2015, this small SUV sold over 50,000 units globally over the next five years and did a fine job in putting its Korean maker on the map. But the compact crossover market has changed dramatically in recent times and going forward, the Tivoli needed to be able to offer more than just high equipment and a low price. The future second generation version of this car will doubtless do that but for the time being, Ssangyong needed to breath some life into the existing model - and has done so here with two fresh petrol engines and a light exterior restyle.

Driving Experience

The original version of this car was a likeable package in its own way, but it was somewhat let down by its rather unremarkable 1.6-litre petrol engine. So it's good news that this unit has been superceded by a couple of far more up-to-date powerplants. The range now kicks off with a three cylinder 1.2 Gdi-T turbo unit with 128PS, which sits below a four cylinder 1.5 T-Gdi powerplant offering 163PS. The previous 136PS 1.6-litre four cylinder diesel continues, but it's been heavily reworked to conform to the latest Euro 6d-TEMP emission regulations. Both the 1.5 petrol and the 1.6 diesel can be had with the option of auto transmission if you don't want the standard 6-speed manual. But the UK importers continue to ignore the 4WD version of this model that's available in other markets and would, if priced correctly, give the car a rather unique selling point here. This still isn't one of the more dynamically adept cars in its segment but through the corners, body control is decent and the steering consistent, if a little light. You can weight it up by playing with the 'Smart steering' system that SsangYong has decided all models should have, a set-up delivering three self-explanatory modes - 'Normal', 'Comfort' and 'Sport'. The six-speed automatic gearbox is the same Aisin unit used by MINI, albeit with a bit less sportiness built into the shift logic. This auto gearbox is obviously well suited for the city - and smoother than the rather jerky belt-driven CVT auto set-up you'd find in, say, an automatic Nissan Juke. Move through its cogs though and you'll find long ratios chosen for economy rather than speed.

Design and Build

The changes to this updated model are very minor indeed, with updates around the grille and the front corner cut-outs. As before, the Tivoli is one of those cars that the longer you look at it, the more design influences you can see. There's something of the Kia Soul in its overall proportioning, with a Nissan Juke-like rear haunch, a front end that's modern Renault in a good way, some DS3 about the rear three quarter and an interior that's glitzy in an upper-model Vauxhall way. There's nothing about this car that says Ssangyong and, to many, that will be a good thing. Perhaps the Koreans need to work a bit at developing their own family look. It's not there yet, but the Tivoli is by no stretch of the imagination a bad looking car. Nor indeed is it a cheap looking one. The detailing such as the floating effect roof, the satin roof rails and the materials quality of the interior are at least as good as, if not better than, many of its mainstream rivals. In addition, there's a centre dash dominated by an informative 7-inch colour touchscreen via which you access the usual stereo, 'phone and informational functions. The cabin certainly feels as if it's been the recipient of better quality dash panels and seats than, say, an MG ZS or a Dacia Duster. Take a seat in the back and you'll find there's certainly a lot more room than you'd expect from a car less than 4.2m long and under 1.6m high. No model in this class is especially appropriate for three rear-seated folk but if you had to take a trio of adults on the back seat in a car of this type, then this is the model you'd want to have chosen for the task. The boot measures 423-litres to the parcel shelf, which is perfectly adequate in this class.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £14,000 for the base 1.2 GDi-T 'EX' model many will choose - or from around £17,000 for the plusher 'Ventura' version. Looking at the standard variant, this means a Tivoli can easily undercut a rival Nissan Juke, which starts at around £17,500 - and a Tivoli is far much better equipped. Do remember though, if you're making that comparison that you're not really comparing like with like, the Nissan getting a 115PS engine, 13PS down on the SsangYong's base petrol powerplant. Suddenly you begin to see why Ssangyong are so bullish about making huge gains in sales. All Tivoli models get cruise control, electric windows, remote central locking, smart steering, a DAB Radio with iPod & Bluetooth connectivity, manual air conditioning, 6 airbags and electronic safety features including Front Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Automatic Emergency Breaking (AEB), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), Front Vehicle Start Alert (FVSA), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Emergency Stop System (ESS), Safety Distance Alert (SDA). Mid-range 'Ventura' trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, black faux leather upholstery, front seat heaters, a 7-inch integral touchscreen with rear camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a heated leather steering wheel, a leather gear knob, a seventh airbag, floor mats, a mini spare, a luggage cover, LED front fogs, roof rails, keyless start, auto lights, wipers, front and rear parking sensors. The two four cylinder models come only with the top 'Ultimate' trim level. This gets you 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, full-leather seats, dual zone air conditioning, a 10.25-inch smart LED cluster and powered folding mirrors.

Cost of Ownership

The running cost returns of this car are better than you might expect. As you'd expect, both the 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre GDi-T petrol engines both substantially improve on the fuel and CO2 figures of the previous 1.6-litre petrol unit. The 1.6-litre diesel meanwhile, manages 54.3mpg on the combined cycle (WLTP) and 130g/km of emissions (NEDC). For the 1.6 diesel auto, the figures are 45.6mpg and 155g/km. as before, it's all wrapped up with a comprehensive and market-leading 7-year/ 150,000-mile warranty. Not that you're likely to need this kind over exyended cover. SsangYong has subjected this Tivoli to as stringent a development programme as any of its bigger, tougher SUVs would have to undergo. That's seen it tested from temperatures as low as minus 42-degrees in winter to desert heat at over 50-degrees, with brake testing in mountain altitudes of up to 4,000-metres. It's hard to imagine many other small, fashionable Crossovers surviving a regime like that for too long.

Summary

Do you love it? The 'Tivoli' name, in case you hadn't realised, spells 'I lov it' backwards. Or, if you prefer, connects his car into the elegance of the Roman hilltop town that was home to the Emperor Hadrian. Either way, it's a badge appropriate for the kind of fashionable little Juke-genre Crossover this car is trying to be. Does this over-stuffed market sector really need yet another option? If it's inexpensive, better equipped and more spacious than the norm, then we'd say yes. There may be more dynamic, more efficient choices in this segment but can they really offer enough to justify their higher pricing? Are the products in question really that much better than this one? Try a Tivoli and you may well decide not.

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Exterior Features
Metallic paint
Automatic headlights
Black roof
Body colour door mirrors
Body coloured bumpers
Front and rear electric windows
Front fog lights
Headlamp levelling
Heated electric door mirrors
High beam assist
LED daytime running lights
Piano black front grille
Power folding door mirrors
Privacy glass (rear door, quarter and tailgate)
Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
Rear bumpers design with chrome inserts
Rear spoiler with LED stop lamp
Tinted glass
Driver Convenience
7" touchscreen RDS radio/CD with iPod and Bluetooth
Apple car play/Android Auto
Electric power steering
Electronic cruise control
Forward collision warning
Outside temperature gauge
Reversing camera
Smart steering
Trip computer
Entertainment
6 speakers including two tweeters
DAB Digital radio
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Interior Features
60/40 split folding rear seat
Auto dual-zone climate control system
Chrome interior door handles
Contour car mats
Delux fabric/TPU leather upholstery
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Height adjustable driver's seat
Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
Isofix child seat preparation
Leather D cut steering wheel and gear knob
Luggage cover
Rear heater duct
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
ABS/EBD
Active rollover protection
Autonomous emergency braking
Drivers knee airbag
Dual front airbags with passenger off switch
ESP with ARP
Hill start assist
Side airbags
Side curtain airbags
Traction control
Two stage front seatbelt pretensioners
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Alarm/immobiliser
Remote central locking
Remote keyless entry
Speed sensitive auto door locking
Wheels
18" diamond cut alloy wheels
Space saver spare wheel
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.02
CO2 (g/km) 133
HC+NOx 0.1
Noise Level dB(A) 80
NOx 0.05
Particles 0.168
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 140
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 150
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 122
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 170
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 131
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1597
Compression Ratio 15.5:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 76
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 88
Engine Code 673 910
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 55.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 62.8
EC Urban (mpg) 46.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 4.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 5
WLTP - MPG - Comb 52.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 49.6
WLTP - MPG - High 60.1
WLTP - MPG - Low 43.5
WLTP - MPG - Medium 56.5
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.6
Badge Power 115
Based On ID 89136
Coin Description D
Coin Series LE
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 18D
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 82
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 62
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 4
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 65
NCAP Safety Assist % 43
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 12500
Special Edition Yes
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 150000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 7
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 12
Engine Power - BHP 115
Engine Power - KW 85
Engine Power - RPM 3400
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 221
Engine Torque - MKG 30.6
Engine Torque - NM 300
Engine Torque - RPM 1500
Top Speed 109
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 215/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear 215/45 R18
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style DIAMOND CUT
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1590
Length 4202
Wheelbase 2600
Width 1795
Width (including mirrors) 1798
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 47
Gross Vehicle Weight 1870
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 997
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 423
Max. Loading Weight 465
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 500
Minimum Kerbweight 1405
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.6

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Metallic - Orange Pop FOC
Metallic - Silent silver FOC
Metallic - Space Black FOC
Trim
Delux fabric/TPU leather - Grey FOC
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