The SsangYong Tivoli is a compact SUV designed for people who put good value and common sense above brand image and keeping up with the Joneses. The entry-level versions cost less than a Ford Fiesta and come with a seven-year, 150,000-mile warranty.
Now, the South Korean company has streamlined the Tivoli range for 2019 and introduced new Euro 6 C 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines. Prices start from £14,495 for the Tivoli SE petrol, but even the top-spec Ultimate costs a fiver less than £20,000 in petrol and automatic guise.
The styling has been given the lightest of facelifts, with 0 percent finance available over five years, and PCP prices from just £179 a month.
Even in entry-level SE specification, the Tivoli offers autonomous emergency braking, hill descent control, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted controls and keyless entry.
The lavish Ultimate trim boasts heated leather seats, 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, keyless start, automatic lights, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, DAB, TomTom sat-nav, rear-view camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, traffic sign recognition and high beam assist.
There are also two mid-range trims – EX and ELX – while the XLV ‘estate’ is only available in the range-topping Ultimate specification and with a choice of petrol or diesel engines. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available, but four-wheel-drive versions are no longer available.
Nick Laird, managing director of SsangYong Motor UK, said: “We listened to our customers who told us to keep the Tivoli range simple, extremely well-equipped yet still highly affordable.
“With South Korean quality backed-up by our industry-leading 7-year 150,000 mile warranty, SsangYong really does offer no-nonsense cars that give UK car buyers amazing value for money.”
The Tivoli 1.6-petrol engine develops 128hp and can deliver a WLTP combined 38.2mpg with a manual gearbox or 35.3mpg in automatic. The 1.6-litre diesel produces 115hp and can return 54.3mpg as a manual or 45.6mpg as an auto. CO2 emissions range from 130g/km for the diesel manual to 171g/km for the petrol auto
These figures are slightly lower in the Tivoli XLV, and it’s worth noting that the facelift – which extends to a new rear bumper with chrome inserts – doesn’t affect the longer version.