The new SsangYong Tivoli SUV is now on sale in the UK with prices starting at £12,950.
The Korean built Tivoli has entered the fierce compact SUV market which will soon become more crowded with new offerings from Mazda and Honda, albeit premium vehicles.
With the SsangYong name perhaps not being at the forefront of most people minds, although there are 60 franchised dealers across the UK. To make any impact the Tivoli has to have more than one unique selling point, and also has to be rewarding to own and drive. So what does it have up its sleeve – firstly there is the selling price which is some £5,000 cheaper than the premium Mazda CX-3 and a £1,000 saving on the Suzuki Vitara entry price of £13,999.
So it is not doing too badly on the price front, what might be of more interest is the five year unlimited mileage warranty (yes there is some fine print and wearable components such a clutch discs are only covered for a year/12,000 miles) – but this is pretty much a class leading warranty on the year and unlimited mileage front.
So what are the options, well there are three key trim levels, ‘SE’, ‘EX’ and ‘ELX’ plus the ‘My Tivoli’ programme which adds a little more customisation through some other options.
The entry level SsangYong Tivoli SE starts at £12,950 with the option of either a 1.6 litre Euro 6 compliant petrol or diesel engine (from August 2015) with manual transmission. Equipment includes grey cloth trim, 16” alloy wheels, cruise control, a stop/go system (petrol), Smart steering (normal, comfort and sport modes), an RDS/Bluetooth radio and seven airbags.
The next trim option is the ‘EX’ which with prices starting at £14,600 comes with option of automatic transmission on the petrol edition, (diesel automatic and diesel 4x4 manual are available through the My Tivoli personalisation programme), grey or beige leather upholstery, 18” alloy Spiral wheels, dual zone climate control, 7” touch screen smart audio system with rear view camera, heated front seats, front fog lights and a luggage load cover.
The top of the range Tivoli is the ‘ELX’ edition priced from £16,000 comes with the option of petrol, diesel, manual and automatic transmission, front wheel or four wheel drive. The equipment detail includes diamond cut alloy wheels, a smart instrument cluster, smart keyless starting, front & rear parking sensors, privacy glass, rear spoiler, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, full TomTom navigation system with 7” touch screen, rear view camera, and the option of the Styling pack and Red leather pack via the ‘My Tivoli’ personalisation programme.Published 11 June 2015