Can you afford not to take a closer look at the new Tivoli?
7 July 2015

Why have small crossovers been such a hit over the past few years? Is it because their quasi-4x4 looks make their owners feel safe when they’re behind the wheel? Perhaps it’s the endless personalisation options we crave, or maybe it’s that they seem to offer such great value for money?

Yes, for not much more than supermini money you can have your own baby crossover. The all-new SsangYong Tivoli is the latest model to enter the fray. It’s a class bristling with equally stylish metal, though, and it’s not difficult to fall head over heels in love with any number of them.

Let’s take a look at what’s out there for private buyers. If you’re looking to spend as little as possible on a new crossover you’ve probably already clapped eyes on the Dacia Duster, with its starting price of £9495. The trouble is, at this level you don’t even get a radio as standard. Pay £11,995 for Ambiance trim and you get your radio but there’s no air-con or curtain airbags, and even Laureate trim (£13,495) doesn’t get you an electronic stability programme as standard. All of these items are fitted to all Tivolis – even the entry-level SE trim, which starts at £12,950.

It’s a similar story with other rivals. The Citroën C4 Cactus starts at £12,990, but doesn’t get air-con, Bluetooth or alloys; the Nissan Juke is £13,930 but again there’s no Bluetooth and only a four-speaker stereo, while the cheapest Renault Captur costs £1345 more than the Tivoli and the Vauxhall Mokka is in another league at £16,474.

The Tivoli’s day-to-day running costs are also compelling. A 1.6-litre diesel engine is coming later in the year for those who prefer better economy and lower emissions (BIK tax is in the 20% bracket), but in the meantime the 1.6-litre petrol unit averages up to 44.1mpg and emits 149g/km, which means annual VED costs £145.

SsangYong also provides a five-year, limitless-mileage warranty with every new Tivoli. It covers common items such as wheel bearings, suspension and steering joints, bushes and shock absorbers. Brake pads and clutch friction plates are also covered for a year or 12,000 miles – Kia offers no guarantee for these items.

Don’t want to pay for your Tivoli in one go? With SsangYong’s pay-monthly PCP deals starting from less than £160 a month, this car really is everything a pragmatist would want a value-added small crossover to be. It’s roomy, rugged, robust and well-kitted – and all for a no-nonsense, genuine supermini-level price.

Paula Croggon

Head here for more on the all-new Ssangyong Tivoli or check out the hashtag #ilovit on Twitter.

To request a brochure, click here. To book a test-drive, click here.

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12 July 2015
I have been reading The Motor/Motor/Autocar & Motor and then Autocar every week since September 25th 1962...and I still have every copy preserved. Why is that relevant?......well it means that I have read more Road Tests than most people reading this thread and hence, when I read this review of the Ssangyong, I am puzzled because it does not read like any report I recognise. If is only about price and nothing about the car...is it any good to drive? Is it fast, slow, thirsty, economical, fun or desperate? Is it safe...will I ever be able to sell it again? I think this time we are simply reading an advertisement and I wish that Autocar was more honest and say so!!!

15 July 2015

@ftm594 This is an advertorial, as the headline suggests - 'Promoted: SsangYong Tivoli'.

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