Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Ssangyong Tivoli hatchback?
While the Ssangyong Tivoli is a small SUV, you can still get more off-road-worthy versions of it, and some owners might have taken them off the beaten track. Look for any signs of mud-plugging such as loose bits of plastic underneath the car and lots of dirt.
On the inside, look for scuffed and scratched interior trim. Lots of cheap-feeling plastic is used, and this can mark easily. Also, the storage pockets on the back of the front seats and in the boot are made up of large, elasticated bands that wrap over hooks. Because these can be removed, make sure there aren’t any missing on the car you go to view.
What are the most common problems with a used Ssangyong Tivoli hatchback?
There was a recall for Tivolis produced between 1 July 2015 and 31 January 2016 for a possible fuel leak. A line in the engine bay could discharge fuel, and the driver might notice a lack of power, accompanied by a pungent fuel smell. Contact your local Ssangyong dealer if you are unsure whether your Tivoli has had this remedial work carried out.
If your Tivoli has a diesel engine, it is fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). This means that the car will need to be taken on regular motorway journeys to ensure that the DPF can regenerate, because this process is only triggered at high speeds. Check how the previous owner has used the car if you are unsure.
Other potential problems with DPF-equipped cars come if it has been shut off part-way through a regeneration. The result could be contamination of the oil system with fuel, leading to the oil level rising gradually over time. This might cause damage to the engine, if it hasn’t already, so it’s worth getting the car checked out.
Is a used Ssangyong Tivoli hatchback reliable?
There wasn’t enough data to include the Ssangyong Tivoli in our latest What Car? Reliability Survey. However, all Tivolis come with a five-year warranty, so even the oldest model will still have some coverage left should anything go wrong.
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