SsangYong Tivoli Review 2024
SsangYong Tivoli At A Glance
Insurance Group 16
On average it achieves 82% of the official MPG figure
The SsangYong Tivoli majors on great value in the small SUV sector, offering plenty of space at very keen prices. The diesel engine has been dropped from the range, leaving the slightly rowdy, quite high CO2-emitting petrol as the sole option. Some will be tempted by the SsangYong Tivoli’s low prices, while others will look to the MG ZS, the popular Dacia Duster or, best of the lot, the Ford Puma. Read on for our full SsangYong Tivoli review.
With a budget price tag and little-known badge, the SsangYong Tivoli might seem cheap and cheerful – but it’s much better than that. (And the little known badge is about to be replaced, anyway, as the firm rebrands to KG Motors).
Offering space for a family, plenty of standard equipment and impressive material quality, it’s easily the best car SsangYong has ever made – good enough to give rival small SUVs such as the Renault Captur and the Nissan Juke something to worry about.
It’s a more practical car than the similarly-priced Nissan Juke, with space in the back row for adults to sit in comfort and a good-sized 423-litre boot, which is only let down by a high load lip.
In the cabin there are plenty of cubby holes and usefully-sized storage bins, including a glovebox designed to house a laptop and a centre storage bin big enough for an iPad.
The interior quality of the Tivoli is head and shoulders above anything SsangYong has made previously. Materials throughout the cabin are fairly plush and durable, plus there is good quality leather upholstery on all but entry-level Ventura models.
It also gets heated seats, Bluetooth connectivity and a user-friendly, well-integrated touchscreen system.
The single 1.6-litre petrol engine comes with manual or automatic gearboxes. The 163PS petrol needs to be worked quite hard and it isn’t the most frugal engine on the market, but it has enough power for rural roads or motorways.
Ride comfort is good, while grip levels and handling are acceptable. An enthusiastic driver won’t necessarily relish driving the SsangYong Tivoli, especially compared to the Nissan Juke, but most will find it perfectly capable and easy to drive, whether in town, on the motorway or on a rural road.
It might have a few shortcomings, but thanks to a well-made, family-friendly cabin and a very generous level of standard equipment, they are easily forgiven.
Factor in the very competitive pricing from a little more than £20,000, along with an impressive five-year warranty, and the SsangYong Tivoli holds plenty of appeal.
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