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Unearthing the Tivoli XLV – What’s This New SsangYong SUV All About?

SsangYong has never made waves when it comes to promotional marketing, so it’s no surprise that many drivers may still not be familiar with the Tivoli XLV. But, if you are familiar with the brand, you probably recall their Rodius model which made it on our list of the top ugliest cars of all times. Thankfully, when it comes to the SsangYong Tivoli XLV, it’s another story. 

Not everyone might agree with the crossover look and feel, but there’s no denying that it ticks all the right boxes and packs a punch in terms of price, space, and equipment, making it a compelling option for savvy car buyers.

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The XLV experience: a spacious car

The Tivoli XLV is not your average crossover; it’s a larger-than-life version of its sibling, the Tivoli, boasting an extended rear to create what can only be described as an ‘SUV-estate’ hybrid. With ample space for both passengers and cargo, it offers the practicality of an estate car with the elevated driving position of an SUV.

You get a whole 720 litres of luggage space, and this increases when the back seats are not in use (1,440 litres with the rear seat folded). For comparison, this would be the equivalent of the Audi Q7. 

Three adults can sit comfortably in the back seats without feeling cramped for space, including foot room. But if the middle seat is not needed, you can lower the centre armrest to reveal two cupholders. 

Engine Performance

Under the hood, the Tivoli XLV offers a choice of 1.6L engines, petrol and turbocharged diesel. You won’t find the 1.2L-3-cylinder petrol engine that’s on the Tivoli. So, brace yourself for a less-than-stellar performance. 

The petrol engine delivers 128PS, and gets you from 0 to 62mph in 11 seconds for the automatic version and 12 seconds for the manual. The diesel engine produces similar results with 115PS. In the Tivolu XLV, you can expect a maximum speed of 106mph, unless you opt for the automatic petrol engine, which reaches 99mph only. Compared to other makes, the performance can feel a little flat, but ask yourself: How fast are you going to drive the XLV in the UK anyway? 

The bottom line: We think it’s a good effort for the price range, and it’s a comfortable and grown-up drive, ideal for families. One thing to remember is that Tivoli XLV prioritises comfort and ride quality, so this isn’t the right vehicle for enthusiastic handling and speed. Yet, this is reflected in its price, you’re not paying a premium price here. 

Interior Comfort

Step inside the Tivoli XLV, and you’ll find a mixed bag of interior elements. While the dashboard design is a step up from previous SsangYong models, some elements can feel a little dated though. However, the abundance of standard features, including heated seats and dual-zone climate control, adds a touch of luxury to the cabin. 

In terms of build quality, the Tivoli XLV falls short of its premium rivals, with some plastics feeling cheap and hollow. Yet, the non-premium car, surprises on the infotainment and dashboard side with key touch-points for a more upscale feel.

One of the standout features of the Tivoli XLV is its impressive array of standard equipment. From heated leather seats to advanced safety systems and user-friendly touchscreen infotainment, SsangYong has left no stone unturned in ensuring that drivers get the most bang for their money. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are fitted alongside iPod, BT connectivity, and TomTom, satellite navigation. 

CO2 emissions & fuel consumption

Fuel economy isn’t a strong point here. When it comes to engine’s efficiency the diesel manual boasts 51.4mpg, while the petrol manual offers only 37.2mpg and the petrol automatic reaches just 34.2mpg. 

When it comes to CO2 emissions and costs, car owners can expect to pay VED car taxes, with 144g/km CO2 emission for the diesel engine. The costs were also reflected in the new car price, so if you choose to buy second-hand, you need to be prepared for those. 

Nevertheless, while results may not be world-leading, its affordability shines through in other areas. The Tivoli XLV remains a cost-effective option for budget-conscious buyers.

Verdict: a budget diamond in the rough

Despite its flaws, the SsangYong Tivoli XLV manages to carve out a niche for itself in the crowded crossover market. With its competitive pricing, and abundance of features, it presents a compelling option for buyers seeking value and practicality. You can easily find a Tivoli XLV for sale online

While it may not boast the refinement or efficiency of its rivals, the Tivoli XLV makes up for it with its spacious interior, extensive equipment list, and overall affordability. For those willing to look past its quirks, the Tivoli XLV proves to be a hidden gem worth exploring.

Alex Harrington

Alex started racing at a young age so certainly knows his way around a car and a track. He can just about put a sentence together too, which helps. He has a great interest in the latest models, but would throw all of his money at a rusty old French classic and a 300ZX. Contact: [email protected]

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