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SsangYong Tivoli 1.6 review: 2015 first drive. #MotorNews #MotorMonday #MotorMad

Tivoli interior, much improved.

Tivoli interior, much improved.

SsangYong hopes the Tivoli will thrust the brand into our hearts. We reckon some of you might grow to love it

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

This is a landmark moment. SsangYong has finally delivered a car with genuine mass market appeal that can hold its own in a fiercely competitive sector. Whether enough people will care remains to be seen, but if you’re on the hunt for a good value, well-equipped compact crossover, the #SsangYong #Tivoli deserves to be on your shortlist.

There’s a danger here that a Tivoli review could turn out to be a rather patronising exercise. A pat on the back for SsangYong with congratulations on a job well done. But here’s the thing – in the UK at least, SsangYong has played the role of a niche player for so long, with a range of large and even larger SUVs designed to appeal to those who put practicality, value and warranties above all else. The Tivoli is an entirely different proposition – it’s much smaller, is being launched in two-wheel drive guise and is designed to appeal to young and trendy types.

Tivoli front view

Tivoli front view

Which creates a problem for SsangYong, because Fiat is chasing the same people with the 500X, as is Jeep with the Renegade, Suzuki with the Vitara, Citroen with the C4 Cactus…you get the picture. The amount of people fishing in the compact crossover pool is growing at a ridiculous rate, but it is rapidly filling up with highly credible cars. Alongside some of the more established players, SsangYong is a mere minnow.

SsangYong Tivoli 1.6 review: 2015 first drive – Motoring Research.

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