Ssangyong Tivoli XLV – Launch

The Ssangyong Tivoli is Ssangyongs attempt to give the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur a run for its money. 20160603_154930Since its launch last May, Ssangyong has only sold just over 130 units.

This week, Ssangyong Ireland launched a longer version of the Tivoli, the Tivoli XLV. The XLV is set to sit along side the Peugeot 2008, Nissan Qashqai and Mitsubishi ASX.

From the front, the XLV doesn’t look a whole lot different than the Tivoli. 20160603_154912One feature I did like was the carbon effect below the front grill and the black trim above the grill connecting the front lights. It is a nice change from the over used chrome from other manufacturers. The main point of change is when you step around the side and to the back that you notice the  new car is over 200mm longer. 20160603_152134Although this accommodates for larger boot space, it doesn’t help the styling of it. The rear has a large overhang makes the design look slightly awkward.

Again, the interior hasn’t changed much from the regular Tivoli. The XLV will be available in either ES or EL trim level. The standard equipment for the ES includes a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system with Tom Tom sat nav, USB/Aux port, Bluetooth, cruise control, automatic headlight sensors, rain sensing wipers and rear parking sensors.20160603_151954 The EL adds front and rear parking sensors and mood lighting for the cabin.

The Cabin space is quite generous too with a lot of head and leg room in both the front and back and with 720 litres of boot space. 20160603_155021 (5)Although this is decreased to 574 litres with the optional spare wheel added.

Only a diesel will be available in the the XLV, the same 1.6 (115hp and 300Nm) as the Tivoli has. It can be mated to either a 6 speed manual or 6 speed automatic gearbox and either 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive. 20160603_155010The pricing on the Tivoli starts at €24,750 for the manual 2WD and up to €32,750 for the 4WD auto.

Overall, I can see the Tivoli XLV selling. Its priced well and has a lot of standard features. Although, the longer shape and extra space in the back is quite misleading as there is no seven seat option. The Tivoli XLV should compete with the Qashqai 2+2 but it does not have the extra row of seats. Will buyers opt for the extra seats?

 

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Ssangyong also announced that they plan to introduce a new model to the Irish market every year including a new/face lifted Rodius, Rexton and Korando Sport all for 2017.20160603_152548