£18,750 - £21,000 Price range
44 - 62 MPG
The SsangYong Tivoli XLV is essentially a Tivoli SUV with 245mm of bodywork added behind the rear wheels – a practicality boost that is sure to appeal to people looking for a cheap crossover that rivals the likes of the Dacia Duster, Vauxhall Mokka X and Mitsubishi ASX.
With a 720-litre boot, the Tivoli XLV leads the cheap mid-size crossover class by quite a margin, beating some rivals by up to 200 litres. However, the boost in space is reserved for the load bay, the passenger compartment remains the same so is spacious, but not spectacularly so. Nice touches inside include the two-tone standard leather upholstery and the easy-to-use infotainment system.
While the regular Tivoli offers buyers a choice of petrol or diesel engines, the XLV is diesel-only. The 1.6-litre unit produces 113hp and 221lb ft of torque, and uses stop/start technology to save fuel. It’ll achieve a claimed 62.8mpg in manual, front-wheel drive form and around 20mpg less if you go for the automatic with four-wheel drive.
With a 0-62mph time of 12 seconds the Tivoli XLV will never be fast, but hearty low down grunt means it can tow a 1,500kg caravan if needs be. Anyway, going quickly isn’t something the Tivoli relishes – its steering is too vague for such shenanigans and the suspension’s soft setup means there’s plenty of body roll if you barrel into a corner. On the motorway, though, the Tivoli XLV is smooth and refined.
To make up for its dynamic shortfalls, the SsangYong comes bunged full of kit – sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, auto wipers and lights, plus a full leather interior come as standard. Much more than you’ll get in any other SUV at this price.