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  • Launched in 2016
  • Crossover
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2016
  • Body type
    Crossover
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Unfamiliar, don't be put off

Best bits

  • Great value for money
  • Industry-leading seven-year warranty
  • Roomy and practical

Not so great

  • Noisy and inefficient engines
  • Styling won’t be to all tastes
  • Ssangyong brand remains unknown

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SsangYong Tivoli Front Side View

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Overall verdict

"Ask most people if they've heard of Ssangyong and the answer is likely to go along the lines of 'who?'. The Korean brand has been in the shadow of Kia and Hyundai for many years, not helped by a below par line-up including the old Rexton and Rodius. But things are changing and the Tivoli was the first model that started to get Ssangyong noticed for all the right reasons."

SsangYong Tivoli Front Side View

But the Tivoli is something of a well-kept secret. Few cars offer such a compelling blend of price, space and equipment, making this one of the best value cars you can buy. It comes tantalisingly close to being one of the industry’s undiscovered gems.


The Tivoli comes in two forms. There’s this, the standard version, designed to rival the likes of the Nissan Juke and then there’s the XLV, which is larger and designed for larger families. It gets some extra space added to the back to create the kind of space that you’d expect from an estate car. Both aimed at slightly different buyers, both very good cars in their own right.


The Ssangyong Tivoli is all about bang for your buck, and you’ll be pleased to know there’s an entire bonfire night display of bangs, whizzes and flashes.


Depending on the specification that you opt for, you’ll find that Ssangyong has been generous with the spec. Heated leather seats, 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a heated steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control and a suite of safety systems are just some of the highlights.


Practicality is another factor, with a decent amount of interior space compared to its rivals. For those looking for a bit more space, the Ssangyong Tivoli XLV offers estate car levels of luggage capacity and seats for five adults. 


And, on top that, every Ssangyong comes with a seven year warranty, which is as long as any other car on the market, meaning that your Ssangyong will be covered long into the 2020s.


But it’s not all good news. The styling is so-so, though that’s ultimately a personal choice, and arguably it looks good from certain angles, especially following the 2019 facelift. The front looks upmarket, while the alloy wheels add a touch of class. However, there’s no disguising the awkward-looking rear, which borders on ugly from some angles. But, it looks distinctive and is sure to be noticed.


Then there’s the 1.6-litre engines - they are another weak point. The petrol unit lacks punch, while the diesel engine is coarse and unrefined. Neither engine is particularly quick, while the CO2 emissions are far higher than you’d expect from a compact crossover.A stronger engine line up would make Tivoli a more attractive proposition.


Of course all of Tivoli’s strengths would be for nothing if it was crude and badly made – but it isn’t. The neat, attractively laid out cabin is almost as good as you’d find in other Korean cars and that is genuine praise these days. The centre stack is sensibly laid out and the plastics are plush and durable. It might not be an exceptional interior, but it’s as good as its rivals from Renault and Nissan of the same age.


Ultimately,the Ssangyong Tivoli is a curiously appealing and credible crossover. If space, price and toys are your priorities, the Ssangyong Tivoli is worth a look. The price-to-equipment ratio makes a mockery of the cost of other crossovers. An unfamiliar name, but one that is well worth a look.


If you're looking for the larger version, you need our SsangYong Tivoli XLV (2016-) review.


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Is the Ssangyong Tivoli right for you?

For many buyers, the appeal of the Ssangyong Tivoli lies in the fact that it’s frugal, practical and safe. And then the Tivoli unlimited mileage, five-year warranty will be the deal breaker. Unlike some of its rivals, Ssangyong's warranty pretty much covers everything from the engine and suspension, to the wheel bearings and in-car audio. Yet, for what you get given in value, the Ssangyong takes away with poor refinement.

What’s the best Ssangyong Tivoli model/engine to choose?

The ELX is certainly well equipped and was a very affordable new buy. As you'd expect, it comes with leather seats which are heated in the front, dual-zone climate control, keyless start, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control and pretty much everything else you'd want. The infotainment system is impressive too with a high quality seven-inch touchscreen display and an easy-to-use layout. It also includes TomTom navigation and a USB input so it's slightly odd that there's no DAB radio.


The £400 Styling Pack gets you black 18-inch diamond cut alloys along with a black roof and rear spoiler. The extras may not be everyone's cup of darjeeling but they certainly add to the sporty feel of the Tivoli. And given that many people buy crossovers for their design as much as their practicality, a strong look is key if Ssangyong wants to get noticed. We think it's a good looking design that's different from what else is out there. 


What other cars are similar to the Ssangyong Tivoli?

There’s a few options to weigh up against the Ssangyong Tivoli. First, there’s the likes of the Dacia Logan MCV for boot space, the Suzuki Vitara for crossover appeal, and even the discontinued Skoda Roomster for slightly obscure practicality - though the Roomster is getting a little long in the tooth now...


Ssangyong has pitched the Tivoli somewhere between a Nissan Juke and Nissan Qashqai. As a result, it’s roomier and more practical than a Juke, but falls short of being an all-rounder like the Qashqai. Ssangyong would also like you to think that the MINI Clubman is another rival (there is the automatic gearbox connection after all), but the Tivoli doesn’t have the quality or image to make it a credible competitor there. If you want something a little unusual, the Jeep Renegade is good value used.


Rating

The Ssangyong Tivoli is very nearly one of the car industry’s best-kept secrets. It may not have the cache or badge appeal of its competitors, but the price, equipment, space and warranty are definite plus-points. As a used buy, it will surprise many people.

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