Ssangyong has announced full details and prices for the Tivoli, a pint-sized sports utility vehicle it hopes will put the brand ‘on the map’ with value for money and fashionable looks.
The Ssangyong Tivoli has a choice of two engines, a 1.6-litre 128PS e-XGi160 petrol and a 1.6-litre 115PS e-XDi160 diesel. The former hits 0 to 62mph in 11 seconds when equipped with the six-speed Aisin automatic, while drinking fuel to the tune of 39.2mpg. CO2 emissions are 167g/km.
Pop open the boot and you will find 423 litres of space, beating the rival Nissan Juke’s 354-litre offering. A lofty roof means headroom is plentiful, while legroom should be adequare for the three rear passengers based on its dimensions.
It comes in three trim flavours, SE, EX and ELX. SE is the entry-level option and comes with a smart grey cloth trim, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, stop/go system if you opt for the petrol engine, smart steering with three settings (normal, comfort and sport), Bluetooth radio and seven airbags.
Jump up to EX and you can specify an automatic and enjoy grey or beige leather upholstery, 18-inch Spiral wheels, dual zone climate control, 7-inch touchscreen with a built-in rear-view camera, heated front seats, front fog lights and a luggage load cover.
Atop the range is the ELX, which is comprised any variation of petrol or diesel and manual and automatic, with front-wheel drive and 4×4 also available. It features diamond cut alloy wheels, smart instrument cluster, front and rear parking sensors, privacy glass, rear spoiler, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and a full TomTom navigation system with a 7-inch touchscreen.
All models can be painted in one of six colours: Flaming red, Grand white, Dandy blue, Space black, Silent solver and Techno grey. Jazz brown and Icecap blue can be specified through the ‘My Tivoli’ personalisation program as well as an optional styling pack (£400) that adds a two-tone roof and red leather pack (£350).
Prices start from £12,950 for the entry-level SE manual. The first 4×4 model is the EX diesel manual, which costs £17,100. The range-topping ELX diesel 4×4 automatic, meanwhile, is £19,500.
The Nissan Juke is the king of quirky crossovers and so the South Korean-built Tivoli has a tough fight on its hands, but it does look to offer a serious amount of bang for your buck.