SSANGYONG

SSANGYONG TIVOLI HATCHBACK 1.5P Ultimate Auto 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 60 mph-

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2175 g/km

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.

YONG AT HEART

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

Ten Second 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.

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 So it's good news that this unit has been superceded by a couple of far more up-to-date powerplants.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 extended 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.

  • Tinted glass
  • Rear wiper
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
  • Privacy glass (rear door, quarter and tailgate)

  • BAS (Brake Assist System)
  • Traction control
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill start assist
  • Electronic stability programme with active rollover protection

  • Contour car mats

  • European tuned suspension

  • Apple car play/Android Auto

  • Driver attention alert system
  • Drive mode selector
  • Forward collision warning
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Reversing camera
  • Electric power steering
  • Idle stop and go system

  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • 8" touchscreen DAB radio with iPod and bluetooth connectivity
  • 10.25" High resolution LCD supervision cluster

  • Automatic dipping rear view mirror
  • Electrically operated and heated door mirrors
  • Auto power folding door mirrors
  • Body colour door mirrors

  • USB and auxiliary socket
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • 6 speakers including two tweeters

  • Rear spoiler with LED stop lamp
  • Fashion rails
  • Roof mounted antenna
  • Piano black radiator grille
  • Body coloured bumpers

  • Automatic headlights
  • Headlamp levelling
  • High beam assist
  • Projection headlights
  • Front and rear LED daytime running lights
  • Triple LED front fog lights

  • Automatic dual-zone climate control system

  • Front centre armrest
  • Leather upholstery
  • Luggage cover
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather D cut steering wheel
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Stainless steel front door kick plates
  • Luggage board/loadspace partition

  • Safety dstance alert (SDA)
  • Active rollover protection
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Dual front airbags with passenger off switch
  • Two stage front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Front vehicle start alert
  • Side airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts

  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Front head restraints
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX attachment on outer rear seats

  • Smart key with push button entry and start button
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Remote central locking
  • Alarm/immobiliser
  • Automatic door locking

  • 18" diamond cut alloy wheels

  • Mini spare wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 149
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 80
  • HC: 0.018
  • NOx: 0.013
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0028
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 228
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 183
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 175

  • Engine Code: 175 950
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 76
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 82.5
  • CC: 1497

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 33.2
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 46.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 28.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 36.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.7

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 163
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Ultimate
  • Coin Description: 1.5P
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 7
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 150000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6

  • Engine Power - KW: 120
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 192
  • Engine Torque - NM: 260
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 163
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Top Speed: 108
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 26.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Wheel Style: DIAMOND CUT
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/50 R18

  • Width (including mirrors): 1825
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1621
  • Length: 4225
  • Width: 1810
  • Wheelbase: 2600

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1410
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1880
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 393
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 500
  • Max. Loading Weight: 470
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 967
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6

  • Metallic paint: £550
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Metallic - Techno grey: £550
  • Metallic - Space Black: £550
  • Metallic - Cherry red: £550
  • Metallic - Silent silver: £550
  • Metallic - Dandy blue: £550

  • Solid - Grand white: £0

  • Leather - Grey: £0
  • Leather - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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