Prices revealed for SsangYong's Nissan Juke rival

The SsangYong Tivoli will undercut small SUV rivals such as the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur when it arrives in UK dealers in June, the firm has announced.

The Korean brand's new offering will start at £12,950, or around £700 less than the entry-level Juke, and top out at £19,500 for a four-wheel-drive diesel auto in range-topping trim. That's around £5000 cheaper than the most expensive version of Mazda's recently launched CX-3, another of the Tivoli's small SUV rivals. 

The Tivoli is a five-seater with a boot capacity of 423 litres - or around 30 litres less than that of a Renault Captur. It is 4.2 metres long, around 5cm longer than a Nissan Juke. It sits on an all-new platform - the first developed since SsangYong was taken over by Indian industrial giant Mahindra. 

The Tivoli will be offered with a choice of 1.6-litre engines - a petrol with 126bhp with 118lb ft, or a diesel with 113bhp and 221lb ft. The standard gearbox will be a six-speed manual, but an Aisin six-speed automatic unit will be available at a premium of £1000. The diesel motor and the auto 'box will also be available with four-wheel drive on the two higher trim levels, EX and ELX. Four-wheel drive will be offered from July and on those models the suspension is replaced with a multi-link setup. The front suspension is McPherson struts, while the rear gets a torsion beam configuration, and the car can be specified with either 16-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels.

All editions of the Tivoli get a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty as standard, and even the entry-level SE trim brings 16in alloy wheels, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and air conditioning. Stepping up to EX - a £1650 rise - will add leather seats, 18in alloys, dual-zone climate control, a 7in touchscreen infotainment system with rear-view camera and heated front seats.

Full-spec ELX editions - which carry an additional £1400 premium over EX - will get diamond-cut alloys, privacy glass, TomTom sat-nav, rain-sensing wipers, keyless go, front and rear parking sensors, a smart instrument cluster and the option to add styling packs, including a contrast roof or red leather seats. The connectivity options include a USB socket and, unusually, an HDMI socket that will allow users to play their smartphone video content on the central screen.

Other features available include a heated steering wheel, a Smart Steer system with three settings and automatic headlights. All Tivolis get seven airbags, including a driver's kneebag.

As with many of the new breed of small SUVs, the Tivoli will be offered with a wide range of customisation options, including a 7.0in colour touchscreen on high-end editions, a contrasting roof colour and, potentially, some bold interior trim finishes - although SsangYong's UK importer has yet to commit to offering them all.

SsangYong believes the Tivoli will act as a conquest model, bringing new customers to the brand instead of cannibalising sales from its existing SUVs like the Korando. It will come in a choice of six standard colours and an additional two shades through the 'My Tivoli' personalisation scheme that allows you to order custom specifications, albeit with a three-month lead time on delivery.

Speaking at the Korean launch of the car, Mahindra & Mahindra's automotive division boss Pawan Kumar Goenka said: "Nothing can change the fortunes of an automotive company faster than the launch of a successful product, and I believe Tivoli has that potential. We believe it will set several new benchmarks in the B-segment SUV category."

SsangYong says the Tivoli will add an extra 100,000 units to its annual production output. The company previewed the look of the new Tivoli with the XIV-Adventure and XIV-Air concept cars at the 2014 Paris motor show.

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25 November 2014
...that the name hadn't already been registered. Didn't Honda buy up all remaining Italian place names? Maybe I remembered that wrongly!

25 December 2014
Piece of sh!t!

My God.


26 November 2014
I will be surprised if they get away with that, as Tivoli is a rather large Lighting company, the lights on stairs in Cinema's etc are called Tivoli lights....

26 November 2014
Lighting and a Chinese crossover couldn't be confused. Back in the day Granada TV took Ford to court over the name of their new Zodiac replacement: Ford won. There's been no dispute (that I know of) over Aston's Rapide v Skoda's Rapid - both existing names. Perhaps someone should try naming a car Apple?!

13 January 2015
Andrew Lee wrote:

Lighting and a Chinese crossover couldn't be confused.

Probably the most ignorant comment I've seen in this website!

26 November 2014
I always chuckled seeing their name with a long series of numbers on the back of their products
and lets face it - some really horrible designs and cheap nasty interior together with an agricultural sounding diesel engine (courtesty I believe of MB historic division?)

BUT THIS, wow this is a whole new ball game - it looks half decent, has a ton of fun as standard and blow me down the price makes the heart leap for joy - well maybe the bank managers. Just that engine sounds a bit weak?? would like Autocar to give much more info and get a serious test done. There you go boys and girls - off to Seoul for pressies at xmas

what's life without imagination

24 December 2014
Yet another podgy hatchback on stilts. I do wonder if there will be any 'normal' cars left in 10 years time, or will everything be an SUV be then?

25 December 2014
A new design philosophy dubbed 'Nature born – 3 Motion'
Incohesive, wannabe, clueless...

Sounds spot on. How come these guys are still in business?

25 December 2014
.....when compared with Ssangyong's usual below-par styling efforts. If this is to be a sales success, their anticipated name change and re-branding can't come soon enough.

25 December 2014
This is a well executed effort and praiseworthy despite many unpleasant comments here from the snobs who buy the Mrs an Ejoke (Evoque) to take the brats to school and screw the environment for no reason. This is as attractive as said Ejoke and is for the hard wokring middle and even lower class folk to thumb their collective noses at said snobs. Well dont the Koreans, always trying to improve their products.

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