Responsible for producing one of the most ugly cars in the world, the Stavic, Ssangyong is looking to reinvent itself. Following a path forged by Hyundai and Kia, Ssangyong wants us to forget about where they’ve come from, and instead look at what they’re going to be offering us in the near future. Certainly, they look like they’re on a winner with the new Tivoli crossover.
The Tivoli is like no SsangYong I’ve ever been before, offering a fresh blend of style, practicality and technology at a price that might shame established rivals such as the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. Interested buyers will have a choice between either a 92kW 157Nm 1.6L 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol or 1.6L 4-cylinder turbo-diesel, mated to either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox. Buyers will also have the choice between front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.
The Tivoli’s best feature though is undoubtedly its smooth design. There’s a lot to like here, including a slimline grille, LED daytime running lights, diamond-cut alloy wheels and blacked out window pillars, matching the windows to create a floating roofline. The back end features a centrally mounted fog light and LED tail lights, which flow forward across the rear guards.
Entry level models will come standard with air-conditioning, cruise control and steering wheel controls for the stereo, which comes with Bluetooth and USB inputs. Mid-range models promise plus dual-zone climate control, a seven-inch touchscreen, a reversing camera and stylish 18” alloys, while the range-topping model will also add front and rear parking sensors, TomTom satellite navigation, keyless start and automatic windscreen wipers.
Inside there’s plenty of room for three adults in the rear, as SsangYong claims the space in the back seats is the best for this type of car. Parents will welcome the standard Isofix points, too, while boot space is competitive for the class, at 423 litres. The Trivoli has also been spied testing in Australia, suggesting Ssangyong might be tuning the ride and handling to suit our roads.
Local pricing hasn’t been set yet, but once released you could expect to pick up an entry level model for around $20,000.