It seems like a new small crossover goes on sale every month. The Ssangyong Tivoli arrives in the UK shortly, with prices starting from £12,950.
The Nissan Juke-rivalling Tivoli is a significant car for Korean manufacturer Ssangyong, which up til now has only sold very small quantities of off-roaders and people carriers, of questionable styling and quality.
Paul Williams, CEO of Ssangyong Motor UK, says: “This is a car that will really put Ssangyong on the map and change brand perceptions. By any criteria but especially style, interior and finish and value for money, Tivoli stands close scrutiny.
“This is a modern, safe, well-built and comprehensively equipped car, and with a list price and warranty that no one else can match. Anyone considering a small SUV will have to put it on their list.”
Bold claims. But on paper, at least, they seem to justified. It’s a genuinely good-looking thing, both inside and out, a marked change from Ssangyongs of old which couldn’t really be described politely.
The chassis is all-new and will be spun off for other cars in the future, including an MPV. Power is provided by a pair of 1.6-litre engines, a 126bhp petrol and a 113bhp diesel. Both come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a six-speed Aisin auto (also used by Mini) optional. ‘Intelligent’ four-wheel-drive is available on the top two trim levels.
Prices start at £12,950 for the petrol SE, which gets aircon, cruise control and media/phone connectivity. The top-spec ELX gets keyless start, front and rear parking sensors and rear view camera, automatic lights and wipers and satnav with a seven-inch touchscreen. Prices top out £19,500.
The 2WD diesel manual is the cleanest option, emitting 113g/km of Co2 – fuel consumption figures for the diesels haven’t been confirmed yet.