The new Tivoli just got bigger and boxier

Launched in 2015, the SsangYong Tivoli is a mini SUV built to compete with the likes of the Nissan Juke and Kia Soul. Based on the popular Korando as far as design is concerned, the Tivoli is SsangYong’s first new model under Mahindra & Mahindra ownership and it is named after the Italian town of Tivoli, which can be read as "I love it" in reverse. Under development for three years, the crossover was introduced in South Korea in early 2015 with a choice of small-displacement, gasoline and diesel engines. Built in its home country, the Tivoli is exported in several markets in Asia and Europe.

In 2016, SsangYong has expanded the Tivoli family by offering a longer version of the mini SUV. Called the Tivoli XLV, it features a longer body, a roomier interior, and the enhanced practicality that enables it to compete against larger crossovers. Previewed by the XLV Air concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the production model is set to go on sale in Europe and the United Kingdom this summer. SsangYong hopes to sell more than 100,000 Tivoli crossovers by the end of 2016.

“Tivoli has been praised universally for meeting a number of customer requirements, not least its ability to carry five adults in comfort and with one of the largest boot capacities, while many other cars in the sector are regarded as being a ‘down-size’ too far," said Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor U.K. “Now SsangYong has gone a step further by launching an extended car to provide even more carrying capacity and practicality. This was shown as the XLV Air concept at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt last year, and from the extremely favorable feedback received, took the decision to put the car into production."

Continue reading to learn more about the SsangYong Tivoli XLV.

Exterior

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The main feature that sets the XLV apart from the standard Tivoli is the extra 9.3 inches added to crossovers length. But despite being longer, the XLV shares the same wheelbase with the Tivoli, as the body has been lengthened from behind the C-pillar. The longer rear overhang also brings a revised roof and a new rear end. The hauler gained a third row of side windows, a boxier tailgate design and larger taillights with a new cluster layout.

SsangYong opted to make a few changes to the front as well, where a new bumper sets the XLV apart from the Tivoli. Instead of the usual body-colored insert, the bumper sports a black insert with dark-gray edges. Also, the foglamps have chrome surrounds. Finally, the XLV received longer and larger rails allowing for larger object to be carried on the roof.

Interior

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The main interior feature that sets the XLV apart from the standard Tivoli is the expanded load capacity. The enlarged trunk now offers 25.4 cubic feet of space, a 10.5-cubic-foot increase over the regular crossover. Other than that, the XLV is pretty much identical to its shorter cousin.

The main interior feature that sets the XLV apart from the standard Tivoli is the expanded load capacity

The people hauler comes with a leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed, heated steering wheel as standard and six background colors for the modern instrument cluster. The seats have subtle lateral bolsters and high-quality stitching and feature full adjustability and recline functions. Customers can choose between three interior trim colors, including black, red, and beige.

The Tivoli XLV is comprehensively equipped, with the standard features list including digital-dual zone automatic air conditioning, an infotainment system with RDS radio, seven-inch touchscreen, USB/AUX port, iPod & Bluetooth connectivity, Tom-Tom navigation and rear view camera. Options include cruise control, parking sensors front and rear, rain sensing wipers, and automatic headlamp activation. An electrochromatic reaview mirror, alloys pedals, and LED illuminated door sills can also be selected.

Drivetrain

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Under the hood, the Tivoli XLV comes with a new 1.6-liter diesel engine rated at 113 horsepower and 221 pound-feet. The unit mates to either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed Aisin automatic and can be had with either two- or four-wheel-drive. The manual transmission includes a stop/start function.

The Tivoli XLV comes with a new 1.6-liter diesel engine rated at 113 horsepower and 221 pound-feet

Although the standard Tivoli is also available with a 1.6-liter, 124-horsepower and 116-pound-foot gasoline option, it seems that this unit isn’t offered with the XLV. At least not in Europe.

SsangYong promises a highly competent off-road capability thanks to the SUV’s 167mm ground clearance, 20-degree approach angle and 20.8-degree departure angle.

This is further enhanced by the intelligent four-wheel drive system that distributes power to front and rear drive shafts and automatically adjusts to the road surface and driving condition. In normal driving, the system distributes all power to the front wheels to help deliver the best fuel efficiency. It automatically adapts to four-wheel drive in snow or wet slippery conditions by routing power to the rear wheels as well. For increased stability when driving on a hill or slope, the 4WD operates with Hill Start Assist. The ESP and ABS systems also control the 4x4 system for optimized braking performance and greater safety.

Safety

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In the safety department, the XLV is a well-equipped vehicle. It comes with seven airbags, including front, side, and curtain plus a driver’s knee airbag, multi-function ESP (Electronic Stability Program), Active Rollover Protection, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist and ESS (Emergency Stop Signal). It is also equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system and a warning reminder on all five seat belts.

Prices

Pricing information is not yet available, but given that the standard Tivoli retails from £12,950 (about $18,760), the XLV should fetch at least £15,000 (around $21,730) in the United Kingdom. Don’t expect this SUV to cross the pond to the United States anytime soon.

Competition

Nissan Qashqai

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Slightly larger than the Juke, the Tivoli XLV will hit the market in the same segment as the Nissan Qashqai, one of the most popular compact crossover since its introduction in 2006. Redesigned for the 2014 model year, it received a new exterior design, a more refined interior, and updated engines. In most markets, Nissan offers a range of four-cylinder powerplants including 1.2- and 1.6-liter gasoline units, as well as 1.5- and 1.6-liter diesel mills. Gasoline models come with up to 160 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, while those powered by oil burners benefit from up to 128 horses and 236 pound-feet of twist. U.K. pricing for the Qashqai starts from £18,265 (about $26,460) and goes up to £28,500 (around $41,280).

Find out more about the Nissan Qashqai here.

Kia Sportage

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Also a popular choice in most European markets, the Sportage was redesigned from the ground up and adopted Kia’s new styling language, as well as an interior packed with more premium features. Three engines motivate the new crossover. The gasoline range includes a 1.6-liter unit rated at either 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet or 174 horses and 195 pound-feet, while diesel models come with a choice of two powerplants. There’s a 1.7-liter mill with 113 horses and 207 pound-feet and a 2.0-liter unit generating 134 horsepower and 275 pound-feet or 182 horses and 295 pound-feet. Pricing starts from £17,465 (about $25,295) and goes up to £25,000 (around $36,210) for the range-topping version.

Read more about the Kia Sportage here.

Conclusion

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Around since 1954, SsangYong began selling its model in Europe only around two decades ago. Its relative recent entry in most European markets and the fact that most of its products have been rather poorly equipped relative to its competitors from Japan, prevented the brand from becoming an important player. However, the arrival of the Tivoli marked the beginning of a new era for the company, which can finally brag about having a crossover that can give most of its competitors a run for their money. With a laundry list of standard features, better materials, superior fit and finish, and efficient engines, the Tivoli might just stand a better change against products from Nissan and Kia. The new Tivoli XLV can only improve on that thanks to its enhanced luggage room. Unfortunately, SsangYong still has to cope with lacking a proper brand cachet and the fact that its vehicles still have a questionable design and somewhat underpowered drivetrains.

  • Leave it
    • Needs a more powerful engine
    • Rear end looks awkward with the new tailgate and taillights
    • No brand cachet

Press Release

SsangYong has announced the new Tivoli XLV, an extended body model of its already popular Tivoli compact SUV.

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“Following rapid growth in the compact SUV market, SsangYong responded in 2015 by launching Tivoli, its first small SUV, and already the company’s most successful new car. Some 64,000 cars were manufactured and sold around the world last year,” said Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK.

“Tivoli has been praised universally for meeting a number of customer requirements, not least its ability to carry five adults in comfort and with one of the largest boot capacities, while many other cars in the sector are regarded as being a ‘down-size’ too far.

“Now SsangYong has gone a step further by launching an extended car to provide even more carrying capacity and practicality. This was shown as the XLV Air concept at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt last year, and from the extremely favourable feedback received, took the decision to put the car into production.

“Following its international debut at Geneva, the Tivoli XLV is now being launched in Europe, and arrives in the UK this summer. Annual sales from the Tivoli platform including XLV are forecast to exceed 100,000 cars this year,” he added.

Sharing the same platform and 2,600mm wheelbase as the Tivoli, the XLV features a lengthened body from behind the C pillar, an increase of 238mm over the standard car, expanding the load capacity to a huge 720 cubic litres of space. Meanwhile, the styling cues that distinguish Tivoli are retained, including its harmoniously fused SUV body design, sports coupé look and floating roofline.

Designed to offer a multi-role, multi-function solution to a wide range of customers, Tivoli XLV provides just the versatility needed to meet individual lifestyles: family car for lugging baby buggies and cots for small children, bikes and golf clubs for the sports-minded, and materials or business equipment during the working week.

Passenger safety has been a top priority for this car, and comes with seven airbags including front, side and curtain airbags plus a driver’s knee airbag, multi-function ESP (Electronic Stability Program), Active Rollover Protection, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist and ESS (Emergency Stop Signal), a tyre pressure monitoring system and a warning reminder on all five seat belt positions.

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Tivoli XLV is offered with a Euro 6 compliant 1.6 litre diesel engine, and matched with the option of a 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed Aisin automatic, two-wheel drive or 4x4.

The newly developed 1.6 litre e-XDi160 Euro 6 diesel engine produces 115ps/3,400-4,000rpm max power with 300Nm/1,500-2,500rpm, and delivers a smooth, progressive and powerful driving experience. It also features a fifth generation E-VGT turbocharger which maximises performance especially in the mid-low speed range so it is fun and responsive to drive. With manual transmission there’s also ISG (stop/start) to meet the demand for low CO2 emission levels.

The 1.6 litre diesel engine achieves a CO2 emission level of just 117g/km (two-wheel drive, manual transmission with Stop/Start), and economy of up to 62.8mpg on the Combined cycle.

Intelligent four-wheel drive

The SsangYong DNA is all about 4x4, and the Tivoli XLV draws on this by offering the option of an intelligent 4-wheel drive system. The electronically controlled on-demand system distributes power to front and rear drive shafts, and automatically adjusts to the road surface and driving conditions to optimise performance.

In normal driving, the drive system distributes all power to the front wheels to enhance fuel efficiency, and automatically adapts to 4-wheel drive in snow or wet slippery conditions, by diverting power to the rear wheels as well to ensure driving stability. For increased stability and reassurance, particularly when driving on a hill or slope, the 4-wheel drive operates with Hill Start Assist which helps by delivering power to any wheels that are spinning. And for optimised braking performance, ESP and ABS also control the 4x4 system for greater safety.

With a 167mm ground clearance, approach angle of 20.0 degrees, 20.8 degree departure angle, and 17.0 degree ramp angle, a highly competent off-road capability is assured.

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Comprehensively equipped, the Tivoli XLV features digital-dual zone automatic air conditioning, an infotainment system with RDS radio, 7” high-resolution touch screen, USB/AUX port, iPod & Bluetooth connectivity, Tom-Tom navigation and rear view camera. There is cruise control, parking sensors front and rear, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlight activation and stylish roof rails.

5 year limitless mileage warranty

All models in the SsangYong range are covered by a best-in-class 5 year limitless mileage warranty. Designed to be totally transparent and give customers complete peace of mind, ‘limitless’ means just that: not a maximum mileage condition that some brands impose in their small print. All the major mechanical components are covered including wheel bearings, suspension joints and bushes, steering joints, shock absorbers and even the audio system. Wearable components such as clutch discs and brake friction materials which could have their life reduced by poor driving are covered for one year or 12,500 miles, and the battery and paintwork for three years.

Made in Korea

SsangYong cars are manufactured in South Korea by SsangYong Motor, which is 73 per cent owned by the Indian engineering conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra, and imported into the UK by SsangYong Motor UK. Established in 1954 it is Korea’s oldest vehicle manufacturer and only 4x4 and SUV specialist producer. There are currently some 60 SsangYong dealers covering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with new locations being added to the network all the time.

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