2015 Ssangyong Tivoli – First drive

Today marked the launch of Ssangyongs new B-segment Crossover, the Tivoli. Read about my first impressions of it at Geneva here: http://driversedition.com/index.php/the-ssangyong-tivoli-geneva-2015/

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Model Tested: Ssangyong Tivoli Deluxe finished in Grand White
Engine: 1.6 litre Petrol
Transmission: 6-speed Tip-tronic Automatic, front wheel drive
Price starting from €19,995 for petrol models and €21,495 for diesel models.

Road tax – the manual diesel has just 109g/km of Co2, buyers will only have to €190 per year. This includes Ssangyongs Stop/Start technology which is available with the manual gearbox only. However, if you opt for the diesel automatic all-wheel-drive model, buyers will have to pay a hefty €570 per year.

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The Tivoli comes in twos, two specifications; Standard and Deluxe, two engines; a 1.6 petrol and 1.6 diesel and two transmissions; a 6-speed manual or 6-speed tip-tronic automatic and either front wheel drive or all wheel drive. Until August, only the petrol will be available. This may set back the success of this quirky little number as there is not an over-whelming demand for petrol crossovers in Ireland.

As you approach the Tivoli from the front, you can see alot of effort and development has gone into the styling of it. It does not stand out from the crowd but it still it does not take after is older Brother, the Rodius. Lets not mention that name anymore…
Consumers have the choice of eight exterior colours which include Flaming Red, Grand White, Silent Silver, Dandy Blue, Space Black, Techno Grey, Icecap Blue and Jazz Brown.

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Once you step inside, you can see Ssangyong has really improved their quality of interior styling. It is a huge step up from the Rexton and Korando. The Tivoli will be aimed at the family market to which I think the interior is suited nicely to. There is plenty of leg and head room in the back with lots of storage space. It boasts a 423 litre boot capacity also which is quite generous for a compact car. Up front, it is equally as spacious. The cabin is flooded with storage space including cup holders, an armrest console with space for a Tablet and a generous glove box. The centre console is complete with a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system including Bluetooth, Tom Tom navigation and a HDMi port for mobile phones or tablets. Ssangyong allow the occupant to personalise the interior lighting to their mood.
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One can choose from six different backlight colours on the rev counter and speedometre. The sporty D-shape steering wheel can be accompanied  with heating. Three leather seat colours are available, red, beige and black. Leather comes as standard on the Deluxe model. Black and beige cloth are also available. Seven airbags are spread out throughout the vehicle.

The Tivoli is the first Ssangyong to have the new 1.6 petrol engine, known as the e-XGi160, and 1.6 diesel engine, the e-XDi160. This can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The one I tested was the petrol automatic producing 125hp and 160nm of torque. This engine is not going to be Ssangyongs biggest seller as approximately 82% of new cars sold in Ireland now are diesel. The petrol engine did not perform very well. When I pulled out of the gates and onto the main road, I got the Tivoli up to 60km/h which was done with an unreasonable amount of revs from the box which filled the cabin with  an abundance of engine noise. Slide the gear lever over to M, for manual, and the driver can change gears as they please with the touch of a button. Due to the excessive revs, I would opt for the tip-tronic option each time. The manual may work better with the petrol engine. The diesel can be paired to the same gearbox.

As we were around the county of Kildare, I could really test the Tivoli’s handling ability around the country roads. It doesn’t disappoint in the corners and is quite nippy around the country lanes. The suspension, however, is quite hard for a cross-over.

My first impressions of the Tivoli are quite mixed. I may have a better opinion of the car once the diesel arrives in August. An advantage the Tivoli has on its competitors, including the Mazda CX-3, Renault Captur and Nissan Juke, is that it comes with a 5 year unlimited mileage warranty. This may be a strong selling point for the Tivoli. It could help boost sales for Ssangyong and help them regain a good presence in the Irish market.