What's the used Ssangyong Tivoli hatchback like?
A number of car brands are only just getting into the SUV market, but Ssangyong has been producing hardcore off-roaders for many years. This additional experience ought to give the Tivoli an advantage over small SUV rivals such as the Kia Soul, Suzuki Vitara and Renault Captur.
The engine range consists of either a 126bhp 1.6-litre petrol or a 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel. Both engines can be found with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, but only the automatic comes with three driving modes: Eco, Power and Winter. You can also have your Tivoli with front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive if you go for a diesel model. Most small SUVs are front-wheel drive only, so this counts in the Ssangyong’s favour if you need the extra traction.
Trim-wise, all models get air conditioning, cruise control, 16in alloy wheels and Bluetooth connectivity. Mid-range EX versions have leather seats, dual-zone climate control, a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, a reversing camera and forward collision alert. Step up to ELX for sat-nav, automatic lights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assistance and traffic sign recognition. Ultimate models have diamond-cut alloy wheels and heated and cooled front seats.
To drive, the Tivoli is one for those with a relaxed driving style, because sporty handling is not on the cards, even with selectable modes for the steering. The helm doesn’t give you much feedback, but it feels most natural in its Comfort mode, which is light for parking and slightly heavier at speed, rather than in Sport, which feels artificially weighted. The front of the car can push wide fairly quickly if you try to drive with enthusiasm. though. Meanwhile, the ride is comfortable at higher speeds but can be caught out by large bumps and potholes, which tend to send a jarring thud through to the interior.
Space is on the Tivoli’s side, too, because there’s plenty of rear seat room – good news for those who need to transport taller children or adults on a regular basis. You can also get a pushchair in the boot should you need to, although the loading height of the luggage area could be quite an obstacle for some. Front seat occupants sit up nice and high with a good view ahead, but the rear pillars are quite thick and can block your view. If you get a mid-range EX car, you do get a reversing camera to help you out. Top-spec ELX and Ultimate cars add front and rear parking sensors.
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