The smartly styled Tivoli comes in a bigger more spacious version writes Hannah Gordon
What is it? With the introduction of the SsangYong Tivoli in 2015 the Korean company started to enter the crossover market. The Tivoli XLV is based on the normal Tivoli but has undergone a rear stretch of over 20cm meaning there is more room inside.
Who is it aimed at? The Tivoli XLV is great value for money and with the added space now created inside its a perfect low cost purchase for a family. The added peace of mind of a five year warranty and plenty of standard kit make this a great addition to anyones driveway.
Styling? Looks aren’t the SsangYong Tivoli XLV’s strongest point, it isn’t particularly easy on the eye and features a rear design that looks rushed and ‘stuck on’. The lengthening of the body over the the original Tivoli hasn’t been integrated very well at the back end and this doesn’t help the XLV attract potential buyers. Luckily the front end is a lot better, and whilst you are sitting in the cabin you can’t really see the exterior styling! Plenty of customisation and colour choices are available which will appeal to consumers. Privacy glass and 18” alloys come as standard.
Under the bonnet? When it was first launched the XLV was only available with a diesel engine, due to the recent issues with diesel there is now a petrol derivative alongside the diesel. Both engines are 1.6 litres and the test car came with the diesel version. The diesel engine produces 115bhp and seems punchy enough for what it is required to do without being spectacularly quick. SsangYong do offer a choice of either a six speed manual or automatic gearbox and you can also decide whether you want front-wheel or four-wheel drive.
What about inside? The interior seems well put together even for its budget price tag, although buttons are small and the dash is a little busy. Plenty of standard equipment is available such as a 7-inch infotainment system with Tom Tom sat nav, heated leather seats, cruise control, reversing camera and dual zone climate control.
Seating position is high commanding and comfortable, the XLV would suit a family perfectly, although the added length doesn’t give rear passengers any further room the boot is now a good size and allows plenty of space for family essentials, seats are also easy to lower and provide a good flat base. The Tivoli XLV makes a great car for car boot sales so I found out!
On the road? The test car came with the automatic gearbox which when on a sedate drive changed up and down smoothly, hammer the accelerator and it holds on too long before changing up and the engine groans can be heard loudly in the cabin. For a large vehicle there is the obvious body roll and understeer but its what you expect with a tall car such as the XLV. Steering is light around town but vague on more sweeping roads, the wind and road noise is also quite intrusive in the cabin.
What about Safety? As standard the Tivoli XLV comes with autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, high beam assist, traffic sign recognition, front & rear parking sensors and seven airbags. The XLV when tested by the Euro NCAP safety organisation received a four star rating.
What are my options? The XLV is already crammed with equipment as standard but some options maybe worth considering is a detachable tow bar for £402, the XLV doesn’t come with a spare wheel so purchasing a space saver costs £265 and a DAB radio upgrade is an extra £216.
Will it break the bank? Due to its increased size the economy figures take a bit of a hit. For the manual two wheel drive diesel XLV figures are a combined mpg of 62.8 and 117 grams of CO2 per km. Go to the other end of the scale with the automatic diesel 4×4 and you get a combined mpg of 44.8 and CO2 figures of 164 grams/km. A big difference to consider but what might lighten the blow is the fact that SsangYong offer a 5 year unlimited mileage warranty.
So the Verdict? Although its more expensive than its little sister the Tivoli the Tivoli XLV still offers great value for money when you consider the space available, the standard equipment list and the 5 year warranty compared to its rivals. The styling leaves a little bit to be desired but you can’t deny that it makes an extremely strong case for itself. The pick of the choices would have to be the manual front wheel drive with its improved economy over the automatic version but now there is a choice of a petrol engine which should definitely be considered over the diesel.
Why you’ll buy one? Great Value, Spacious, Well Equipped
Why you won’t? Fuel economy; dull interior
SsangYong Tivoli XLV 1.6 Diesel
Max speed: 108 mph
0-62 mph: 12 seconds
Emissions: 164 g/km
Model price range: from £17,045 – £21,995
No of Doors: 5
Euro NCAP : 4 star
Fuel type: Diesel
Fuel Economy (combined cycle): 47.9 mpg
Boot Capacity Seats up: 576 litres
Length: 4440 mm
Width: 1798 mm
Height: 1635 mm
31st July, 2018