First Drive: SsangYong Tivoli


We went to snowy Frankfurt to check out the newest model from SsangYong, their new Tivoli writes Aimee Woods

What is it? The Tivoli is the latest development from the  SsangYong, which comes in the form of a stylish and compact SUV. Inspired by the Korando, the Tivoli is deservedly making a significant impression and is the fresh start that the company have sought after.

First impressions of the new SsangYong Tivoli? The Tivoli presents as a contemporary and dynamic SUV, the smallest yet most striking release by the company. It embodies both a sculpted, purposeful exterior combined with fluid and elegant lines. Its LED headlights are set off by a slim-line grill representing the wings of a bird complimented by a soft bonnet, while the profile of the car is much more voluminous and muscular. To add to its distinction, it features a choice of 16inch or 18inch alloy wheels. The Tivoli takes its name from the Italian town, which boasts a reputation for culture and style, reported to have provided the inspiration for its design. The Tivoli is a sure rival for the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur.

What about the interior? Although the Tivoli has been most notably recognised for its economy, the interior brings a sense of luxury to the SUV. The deluxe leather seats offer both comfort and stability to the driving experience and the glossy inserts bring a sense of class. With a range of seat functions, it is easy to settle in to the miniature SUV and enjoy the sporty feel on offer. The Tivoli is prepared for the modern world featuring a comprehensive connectivity system catering to all IT needs (Bluetooth, USB, HDMI entry points, steering controls) on the road without over-complicating itself. It features a dual control heating system for driver and passenger as well as heated seats and steering wheel, particularly useful for the Irish customer. It features a 7 inch screen in the higher spec models equipped with a Satellite Navigation System and rear parking camera. It also features a keyless entry system, automatic wipers and automatic LED lighting for your convenience.  Possibly the most outstanding feature of the Tivoli is its spaciousness in the front and rear seating as well as a decent boot (enough to store three full size golf club bags) size while maintaining its nimble form.

SsangYong Tivoli on the road? On the road, the SsangYong Tivoli exceeded expectations with a comfortable and balanced experience. The steering features a sporty yet comfortable D-Shaped steering wheel and is reasonably light. The driver can select between 3 modes – comfort, normal and sport via a button on the dash depending on their preference/environment. The manual 6 speed gearbox is delightfully precise which provides for a smooth drive. At both low and high speeds, the Tivoli lends itself to a reasonably powerful drive that could be expected from a diesel SUV. We had the chance to test drive the Tivoli in wet and snowy conditions which the Tivoli managed with ease. There is also an element of youth and fun to the Tivoli as it does not carry the weight or bulk of many of its opponents. The suspension within the Tivoli has also progressed to ensure both safety and an even drive.


How much? The Tivoli ES 1.6 diesel manual costs from €21,495 and the Tivoli EL 1.6 diesel manual begins at €24,995. Both are available in either two-wheel or four-wheel drives and in an automatic transmission.

Will it break the bank? The Tivoli was designed with the economy and environment in mind with a reduced emissions level of 109g/km. The manual diesel Tivoli has an economy of 44.1mpg.

How Safe? SsangYong have made significant developments in the field of safety for their cars and this is emphasised within the Tivoli. 71.4% of its body is comprised of high strength steel (HSS) of which 40% is advanced HSS. The Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) also carries out consistent checks to ensure that a wide range of its functions is consistently checked. It includes an active roll protection, brake assist system, electronic brake-force distribution and anti-lock brake system. It is equipped with seven airbags, monitoring of seatbelts on all seats and has achieved the five-star rating from the Advanced European Mobile Deformable Barrier test. The Tivoli has certainly brought a host of new safety features to SsangYong.

What about my options? The standard ES 1.6 diesel Tivoli offers the keyless entry, smart steering, air conditioning, privacy glass and 16”inch alloys as standard. Upgrades to this package include the 7inch touch screen display with rear parking camera, leather seats and 18”inch alloys. The EL Tivoli is an upgraded package that provides a host of extras to the car. Although seemingly basic, the Tivoli is suited to all budgets, gender and lifestyles.

3 words to describe the SsangYong Tivoli? Dynamic; Spacious; Contemporary.


For more information check out,  the SsangYong Ireland facebook page or follow them on twitter

Aimee Woods
22nd  October, 2015


Author: Aimee Woods

Daughter of Sean Woods (Sean Woods Racing team), Aimee attended her first rally at just two weeks old. Ever since, Mondello Park has been a second home. Her racing career began in a Fiat Uno and she then moved on to competing in various rally sprints throughout the country in a Peugeot 205. Aimee has just taken on a new project in a Formula Vee to compete in the remainder of the 2015 season and has set her sights high for 2016. She is also a regular instructor on the Mondello Park racing experiences. You can follow Aimee on twitter @AimeeWoods21

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