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SsangYong Tivoli SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

A seven-year warranty will provide peace of mind to SsangYong Tivoli buyers, and low prices offset slightly higher running costs

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Despite modern engines, the SsangYong Tivoli is a little behind its rivals when it comes to running costs, although constant development should see the margin come down. At least the initial price is low, and servicing should be affordable.

With a low APR deal, the Tivoli is available for less than £200 per month, which you’d struggle to match on smaller cars like the Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 208. The Tivoli’s biggest rival is probably the MG ZS, which admittedly does come with more equipment and a similarly lengthy warranty.

SsangYong Tivoli MPG & CO2

The engine and transmission you specify for your Tivoli with can seriously affect its economy. SsangYong’s 1.6-litre diesel is relatively economical in two-wheel-drive form with a manual gearbox, managing 50.4mpg while emitting 146g/km of CO2, placing it in a high Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) band. Choosing the automatic gearbox sees fuel consumption and emissions rise to 47.1mpg and 158g/km. Given the efficiency figures of some of the Tivoli’s diesel rivals, the SsangYong offers acceptable, if slightly underwhelming fuel economy, but its CO2 emissions lag behind. However, this engine is no longer available new.

The best the new 1.2-litre petrol can manage is 158g/km of CO2 and fuel economy of 40.4mpg, so the car falls into one of the top BiK bands but it shouldn’t be too expensive to run for private buyers with a low-to-medium annual mileage. Opting for the more powerful 1.5-litre engine doesn’t affect things too much, as it returns 39.2mpg and 164g/km, but choosing the automatic gearbox sees the fuel economy figure fall to 36.7mpg, making the Tivoli a rather uneconomical proposition.

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After the first year's CO2-based road tax (generally included in the on-the-road price), all versions of the SsangYong Tivoli cost the standard yearly rate in tax.

Insurance group

The SsangYong Tivoli 1.2-litre EX is the cheapest version to insure, sitting in group 14 out of 50. With the 1.5-litre petrol fitted, groups jump to 20, while the diesel is in group 21 or 22, depending on trim level. This could make the Tivoli more expensive to insure than some rivals, with the diesel Skoda Kamiq sitting in groups 11 to 12.

Servicing

The Tivoli requires a service every 12,500 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. A major service will be required after 25,000 miles. SsangYong offers service plans to make maintenance costs easy to budget for, which work out at about £20 per month.

Warranty

The Tivoli comes with one of the best warranties on the market. It’s covered for seven years and 150,000 miles, while replacement brake pads and clutch plates are also covered for the first year. These common ‘wear and tear’ parts aren’t covered by the otherwise-excellent warranties offered by rivals Hyundai and Kia. Hyundai offers a five-year/unlimited-mileage cover, while MG and Kia place 80,000-mile and 100,000-mile limits on their seven-year policies respectively.

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