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Ssangyong Tivoli gets the 4×4 treatment

Ssangyong has bolstered the Tivoli crossover with the introduction of a 4×4 powertrain, building on the recently added 1.6-litre diesel lump.

The Tivoli 4×4 is powered by a newly developed e-XDi Euro 6 diesel engine, which produces 115ps from 3,400rpm and 300Nm of torque from 1,500rpm, and is mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed Aisin automatic.

CO2 emissions and fuel economy are 123g/km (10g/km more than the two-wheel drive car) and 60.1mpg, respectively, for the manual, dropping to 47.9mpg for the automatic.

Ssangyong’s Tivoli 4×4 uses an all-wheel drive torque on demand system that can sense the road surface and driving conditions so power can be distributed where it is needed most. 100 per cent goes to the front wheels during normal conditions.

Building on its potential off-roading credentials is a 167mm ride height, approach angle of 20.5 degrees, 28-degree departure angle and a ramp angle of 17 degrees. It also has an electronic stability program, multi-link rear suspension, anti-lock brakes and Hill start assist.

There’s no option of 4×4 on the entry-level SE trim. XE is the base level and includes cruise control, 18-inch spiral alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a rear view camera, heated front seats, luggage load cover and front fog lights.

It’s also available with the top-spec ELX, which adds diamond cut alloys, smart instrument cluster, smart keyless starting, front and rear parking sensors, full TomTom navigation, privacy glass, rear spoiler, automatic headlamps and automatic wipers.

Options for the South Korean-built Tivoli include a choice of six paintjobs, the styling (£400) and red leather (£350) packs, both of which stem from Ssangong’y My Tivoli customisation programme, and metallic paint (£500).

Prices start from £17,100 for the EX diesel manual rising to £18,500 for the ELX diesel manual and £19,500 for the ELX automatic. All models come with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty.

Ssangyong may not be the best known brand in the UK, but we drove the Tivoli and found it to be an affordable slice of practical motoring. Check out our full review here.

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