In 2015 Ssangyong introduced a brand new model to the world, the Tivoli. This is an exciting venture for the Korean brand and the manufacturer hopes that this will be the car to build up some much-needed market share in Europe. The Tivoli has been placed in the extremely competitive B-Segment and faces huge competition from successful vehicles like the Mazda CX-3, the Nissan Juke, the Opel Mokka and the Renault Captur. This segment is certainly new for Ssangyong and the big question is whether or not it will be enough of an enticement to bring attention to the brand in Ireland? The Tivoli is clearly directed at a younger audience than the rest of their line-up and it can be personalised to many different colours. This is certainly the funkiest Ssangyong available here.
The Tivoli can be powered by a 1.6 litre diesel or a 1.6 litre petrol engine. The petrol engine offers 128 PS and 160Nm of torque at 4,600rpm. The 1.6 litre diesel engine offers maximum power of 115 PS. The petrol offering is good but when you get to fifth and sixth gear you can feel the power pull from the engine and this will have you changing down a gear to regain extra power. We are yet to drive the diesel offering. The diesel can also be ordered with four wheel drive.
The Tivoli offers good steering that’s responsive and light when it needs to be. It deals well with turns and twists in the road and it does not suffer from a massive amount of body roll. When it comes to bumps and road imperfections the hit can be felt through the body.
The Tivoli is a well-insulated car and it doesn’t suffer badly from road and wind noise. On the motorway the petrol engine is not overly boisterous either but it does make noise with hard acceleration, which to be fair is pretty standard in a lot of cars.
The ride height is good and the driver’s seat can be easily adjusted. The dash board looks modern. The infotainment system is easy to use and the instrument cluster is easy to read. The seats to the front and rear are comfortable too. Bluetooth comes as standard with the Tivoli and as you go up the trim lines you will find more equipment.
The Tivoli houses seven airbags with a driver’s airbag, a driver’s knee airbag, a passenger airbag, two side airbags to the front and curtain airbags to the rear. The Tivoli also comes with Hill Start Assist and also available are parking sensors. As of yet the Tivoli has not taken part in the Euro NCAP but we believe that it will undergo the tests at some stage during 2016.
The Tivoli offers excellent space within the cabin. The front area is large and spacious and there is no problems with head, shoulder and leg room. The large windshield makes the area feel spacious too. The rear of the vehicle offers excellent space and three adults would fit in there comfortably enough. This is where the Tivoli performs best against its competitors. Even the boot space is generous offering a very big 423 litres. Another plus about the Tivoli is that it hasn’t completely abandoned the 4x4 heritage of Ssangyong. It can offer an excellent towing capacity of 1,500 kg.