The SsangYong Tivoli XLV, first unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, has officially gone on sale. With prices starting from £18,250, it sits just slightly above its smaller Tivoli sibling in price – and creates a new niche market, the SUV-estate.
The standard Tivoli is already the best-selling car SsangYong makes, and the company hopes that the XLV version will compete with larger SUVs like the Nissan Qashqai. The Tivoli XLV is also placed to steal sales from small estate cars like the Skoda Fabia Estate – bought by people who need boot space on a budget but might prefer the higher ride height and rugged nature of an SUV.
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Prices for the Tivoli XLV start from £18,250 for a 1.6-litre diesel model, with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox. SsangYong has kept things simple when it comes to choosing your Tivoli XLV – only one trim level is available, and it’s equivalent to top spec ELX on the standard Tivoli. The firm won’t offer the 1.6-litre petrol engine from the smaller car either, so your choice boils down to front or four-wheel drive and manual or automatic transmission. Adding an automatic gearbox costs £1,000 while adding four-wheel drive costs £1,250 – making the most expensive Tivoli XLV just £20,500.
The Tivoli XLV comes well equipped, boasting dual-zone climate control, a touchscreen infotainment display with TomTom sat-nav, USB and aux-in, cruise control, all-round parking sensors, a reversing camera, and auto lights and wipers. Safety’s not been forgotten, with ESP, Hill Start Assist and seven airbags as standard, while SsangYong offers the Tivoli XLV with a reassuring 5-year warranty.
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The 1.6-litre diesel engine in the SsangYong Tivoli XLV produces 113bhp and will return fuel economy figures of 62.8mpg in front-wheel drive manual form. CO2 emissions of 117g/km keep road tax costs low, too. The cheaper 1.6-litre petrol variant hasn't been carried across from the standard Tivoli, which makes sense - the diesel's superior torque is more suited to lugging the kind of loads you might want to carry in the Tivoli XLV's vast 720-litre boot.
The SsangYong Tivoli XLV is available to order now.
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