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SsangYong Tivoli (2015–)

Last updated 9 April 2019

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Kerb weight 1270–1465 kg
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Full specifications


The Tivoli is available with either a 1.6-litre 128PS petrol or a 1.6-litre 115PS diesel, both of which suit the car very well. Each has a slick-shifting six-speed manual as standard, but a six-speed automatic is optional, as is an on-demand all-wheel drive system. This is designed to help keep the car on the road in poor weather, or for light off-road use rather than for really challenging terrain. 

The petrol engine makes do without a turbocharger, so is less punchy at lower engine speeds than the small petrol engines available in the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, but it is still smooth and quiet around town. Peak torque is 160Nm at 4600rpm, so you have to work the engine quite hard when accelerating up to motorway speeds or overtaking.

Unfortunately that means it can get a little loud. But when cruising on the motorway, driving on a country road or stopping and starting in town, it remains fairly quiet for the most part. It’s the same story with the diesel, which is generally subdued at a cruise but is loud when pushed hard for overtakes. Unfortuantely it also has the disadvantage of typical diesel clatter when the engine is idling.

On the plus side the diesel has a hefty 320Nm of torque from 1500rpm, so it’s well suited to overtaking and is easier to get along with than the petrol on a twisting country road. It's more frugal than the petrol and it’s cheaper to run too, thanks to its emissions of 113g/km and claimed economy of 65.7mpg for the manual front-wheel drive model. The equivalent petrol manages an official 44.1mpg with 149g/km.

SsangYong has prioritised comfort over sharp handling with the Tivoli, so the ride quality is impressive. Ripples, speedbumps and potholes are dealt with fairly well, though the larger 18-inch wheels on EX and ELX trim levels create more road noise and thud over ripples and potholes more than the 16-inch wheels on the basic SE model.

There is some body roll through corners but it is never alarming. The steering is fairly accurate and its weight can be altered with a button. It's best suited to rural British roads in the normal or sport settings, since it is a little on the light side in the comfort mode. However this can be useful in town or when pulling out of a tight parking space.

Depending on trim level both the petrol and diesel variants are optionally offered with four wheel drive, a six-speed automatic transmission or a combination of both. The automatic is smooth and fairly responsive, but it does have a rather dated-looking shifter, with a tiny, button-based manual override that isn’t great to use compared to the more modern paddles seen on rival models.


Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
1.6 e-XDI 66 mpg - 109 mph 113 g/km
1.6 e-XDI 4WD 60 mpg - 109 mph 123 g/km
1.6 e-XDI Automatic 51 mpg - 107 mph 146 g/km
1.6 e-XDI Automatic 4WD 48 mpg - 107 mph 156 g/km
1.6 e-XGI 44 mpg - 106 mph 149 g/km
1.6 e-XGI Automatic 39 mpg - 99 mph 167 g/km
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