SsangYong Tivoli crossover SUV - price, specs and pictures
Korean car maker's new small SUV priced from under £13,000
SsangYong has announced its compact crossover SUV, the SsangYong Tivoli, which will arrive in the UK in the summer.
The Tivoli crossover will come to the UK in three different trim levels and be priced from £12,950.
The crossover class is tough to break into: the SsangYong faces highly regarded rivals such as the Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008. And due to its comparatively low starting price, the Tivoli also comes into the firing line of the Dacia Duster– one of Carbuyer’s favourite cars in this class.
SsangYong recognises this – its UK CEO Paul Williams says the Tivoli “stands close scrutiny.”
However, he has high hopes for the compact SUV, adding: “This is a car that’ll really put SsangYong on the map and change brand perceptions.”
New SsangYong Tivoli price & release date
SsangYong has published a full price list for the three trim levels that’ll initially be on offer. The basic SE model will be priced from £12,950.
The better equipped EX trim level starts at £14,600 and the ELX is priced at £16,000. Buyers can also choose the 4x4 model of the Tivoli in either EX or ELX trim: a manual ELX four-wheel-drive version will cost £18,500 and the automatic is £1,000 extra.
SsangYong says the Tivoli will go on sale in the summer.
New SsangYong Tivoli design & specs
The new compact SUV seems to take design inspiration from many of its rivals. From the front end, the headlight clusters and LED daytime running lights are chunky like those from a Renault Captur, while the front bumper and nose are reminiscent of the Toyota RAV4.
The rear quarters are shaped to have chunky wheelarches like those on a Nissan Juke, while the rear end has a Mini Countryman hatchback-like quality to it.
The entry-level SE model comes with seven airbags, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and Bluetooth phone connection.
The mid-range EX adds grey or beige leather, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a reversing camera.
Go for the top-of-the-range ELX and you get kit like keyless entry, all-round parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers and TomTom sat nav thrown in.
As mentioned, four-wheel-drive can be specified, too – useful if you live in a rural area or want to do some light off-roading.
A notable feature on the Tivoli’s options list is the My Tivoli personalisation scheme, which allows you to choose from colourful trim options, a two-tone roof and red leather trim.
New SsangYong Tivoli engines
The Tivoli has two engine options – a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel.
The petrol engine produces 126bhp and has a 0-62mph time of 12 seconds when paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. A second is shaved off that time when the six-speed automatic gearbox is used. Fuel economy stands at 44.1mpg for the manual and 39.2mpg for the automatic.
If you go for the diesel, you get 113bhp on tap and a CO2 emissions figure as low as 113g/km for the front-wheel-drive manual option. However, neither a 0-62mph time or a fuel economy figure is currently available for this model. The diesel is also the only engine available with four-wheel drive, as its low-end grunt is better suited to negotiating a bumpy or muddy country road.
For more information on the SsangYong Tivoli, visit the model’s Carbuyer review page.