Driving position and dashboard
You get height adjustment for the driver’s seat on all the trims, although you still sit unusually high even in its lowest setting. Other than that, the seat has good cushioning and feels supportive.
The Tivoli’s steering wheel moves in and out, as well as up and down, so regardless of your size you will be able to find a comfortable driving position.
In general, the switches and buttons are within easy reach and clearly marked, which makes them easy to use at a glance when you’re on the move.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
If one of your motivations for buying an SUV is to gain a commanding view of the road ahead, then the Tivoli doesn’t disappoint. Looking out through the windscreen, with its narrow front pillars either side, you get a relatively unobstructed view of what’s ahead.
It’s a little less open at the rear, though. The shallow rear window and thick rear pillars hinder the view of what’s behind you, and over your shoulders. This isn’t such an issue if you go for the upper EX or ELX trims, as both come with a handy rear-view camera, while the ELX also features parking sensors front and rear.
Sat nav and infotainment
Even entry-level SE models get the basics, such as an FM radio with six speakers, along with Bluetooth and MP3 compatibility. You’ll have to make do with a small LCD screen, though, which can be fiddly to use. Standard steering wheel-mounted audio controls cover the basic functions when on the move.
Move up a grade to EX trim, and you get a 7.0in colour touchscreen in the centre of the dash. It’s a very usable system and, while the graphics might not be quite as good as the Soul’s, the menus are easy to understand and it processes your commands promptly.
The top-level ELX version uses the same touchscreen system, with the added bonus of an inbuilt sat-nav developed by Tom Tom.
Two 12V sockets, as well as a USB and aux-in connector are standard on all models. These sit just ahead of the gearlever, within the reach of the front seat occupants. An HDMI port is included on top ELX models.
Unlike the Tivoli’s rivals, a DAB radio is not even an option.
It’s clear Ssangyong has made an effort with the quality of the Tivoli’s interior; for the price it’s not bad, but it still lags behind its rivals.
Cast your eyes around the cabin and apart from the soft-touch finish on the upper dashboard, the rest of the plastics look low-rent and feel a long way from the more tactile and robust-looking materials you’ll find in, for example, a Kia Soul.
You do get additional gloss-black trims around the infotainment screen and front door armrests on upper EX and ELX trims, but even these don’t resolve the issue.
Many of the buttons, particularly those on the central fascia, lack the well-damped feel that’s also familiar to anyone who’s spent any time in a Soul.