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SsangYong Tivoli 1.6 128HP Test Drive

New life for  sangYong Tivoli

The first sign that what you are doing is good is that your work is a reference for the world. A valid question in life generally and particularly in the world of cars. And one of the issues which many brands and they take when they decide to produce a budget SUV is undoubtedly the Dacia Duster.

Well, since this summer we have a new rival in Romania Duster. If previous SUVs in the segment, however, were branded tradition in Europe, this time to mention a somewhat exotic appearance, at first glance, completely ignore their calculations that you do when you buy your car. That if you know it.

 SsangYong Tivoli

SsangYong Tivoli

Ssangyong Tivoli. This is the name of the new SUV produced by the oldest brand in South Korea. And note home Ssangyong brand, because many are fooled by the name of the brand complicated, confusing it with one Chinese. Nothing wrong.

Overall, if you have the power to override the big eyes of neighbors when you tell them what kind of car you bought, Ssangyong Tivoli can be a very interesting alternative to what Duster offers. Let’s see together what.

Engine / Transmission

Obviously Ssangyong can not lay claim to the European market and very traditional so without providing range and a diesel engine. It has 1.6 liters and 115 horsepower, while consumption is announced to mark the close of the SUV competing with other brands in the segment.

In fact, we offer two 1.6-liter engines. Besides diesel, we have a 128-horsepower gasoline we tested for several days around Bucharest. Both are manufactured and developed in Europe and meet Euro6, which means you will not have to pay environmental taxes to purchase. Not bad.

Not only are European engine, but it moves surprisingly well. From the dynamic point of view, for example, “gasoline” is a very interesting engine. After a brief period of adjustment to the pedals and high speed mode that works best, you realize that the car has interesting resources for what offers. You will not complain of lack of power and no adjustment problems with the transmission, which is surprisingly “clean” in speech and in action fluid. The car we tested had front wheel drive, but gives you an alternative full Ssangyong needed.


Petrol engine we tested consume somewhere around 7 liters in mixed case, which means you will not have to stop very often to the gas station to refuel. This figure was reached on a mixed route that included city and highway 50/50.

The datasheet of the model, Ssangyong announces an average consumption of 6.6 liters mixed, the highest value in the segment between similar sized SUVs with petrol engines coming from 120-140 hp. The matter which penalizes Korean model. But there is an upside: official figures, 6.6 liter, shows a shocking amount close to what we saw on the trip computer during the test. I expected, frankly, the biggest differences in view of the experiences we have had with petrol engines lately.

SsangYong Tivoli Performance
I’m not necessarily a fan of gasoline SUVs. That’s because a diesel gives you a feeling of power more visible higher torque available very low. The problem was partly solved by the new generation of turbocharged petrol engines, which drew torque at low revs, but the maximum torque value is not as high as in a diesel.

In the case of Ssangyong, the power feels if the revs climb. There are 128 horsepower, today all but official figures facing each other with their competitors gives us a very positive image not South Korean SUV.

We fixed 12 seconds 0-100 km / h and a top speed of 170 km / h, among the worst values ​​at the segment. To give you an idea of ​​the competition, Duster 1.2 TCe 125 hp manages 0-100 km / h in 10.4 seconds and a Mazda CX-3 120 horsepower makes a fantastic 9.0 seconds on the same segment of acceleration, so 25% better than the new SUV from Ssangyong. Opel Mokka Worse is only 1.4 Turbo engine that has 140 horsepower about nothing: 12.5 seconds 0-100 km / h.

Inside  SsangYong Tivoli

When you climb behind the wheel of Tivoli, the impression you have is that of a mixture of Ford and Hyundai. Have a settlement relatively similar to the buttons in a Ford, and the perceived quality is a last-generation Hyundai.

If we compare that provide Tivoli with what our old Ssangyong models, the differences are huge for South Korean SUV. We are facing a modern atmosphere, similar to what you offer any machine with wheels on the ground in 2015. Unfortunately, the test car lacked equipment touchscreen display that would have been an obvious plus in design and quality . He is however optional.

Tivoli Ssangyong has some flaws, some even funny. For example, two clocks are displayed on your board (one in the center console between the clocks one) displays different times. Handbrake plays left and right while stationary and materials on board are of the highest quality. Ok, those from Ssangyong mounted a leatherette doors faces and where should keep your elbow, but a driver with normal hands will never come unless there is evidence worthy positions gym. No sound insulation is not the happiest after 3000 laps, but it’s a pity for all the models of this type, which have pluses especially at the price, and not at the level of acoustic comfort.

Acquisition price

Tivoli is not at all a bad car, so how could you say anything “passionate” who just never tested anything besides your own car. It’s really a pleasant surprise in the small SUV. For two reasons: one is related to the offer of facilities and optional on the new Tivoli’s portfolio, and other excellent price you can get your hands on such a machine.

You can buy a Tivoli pass to an amount less than 15,000 euros and 18,000 euros for the car that you had test: a 1.6 petrol 128 hp combined with a box manual. There are four trim levels on Tivoli and offer modern car in images of the third level. What features!

You have seven airbags, including one for knee. You automatic climate control with dual zone control. You have your phone via Bluetooth connection. Have 4 power windows, cruise control, heated seats, tire pressure sensors and LED daytime running lights. In principle, you kind of comfort that is needed for a decent driver without demanding needs. If you ask us, we would not be mounted on the machine to 1,000 euros plus a touchscreen display screen that replaces spartan enough that I had tested new car navigation and provides both full-Europe and Reversing camera. With another 500 euro and 18-inch wheels have to change its appearance Tivoli’s better. For automatic gearbox signed by Japan’s Aisin wheel drive system and need other Euro 3000, but we recommend warmly manual gearbox. In this case, it’s more honest and more suitable situation.

If you’ve wondered, are amenities something richer than those of Duster and optionals prices are close to those of Dacia SUV. Enters into the equation but the new Suzuki Vitara, a machine that costs about as Tivoli when we look on the price list. An alternative serious enough so Duster, as well as any other SUV on the market.

Located at the junction of the small van and SUV appearance lately promoted fashion brand tradition, Tivoli has the advantage of excellent price in relation to the facilities. And that could be a substantial addition to those who want to buy a simple car, not a state one.

For some reason that escapes us, EuroNCAP has never tested a Ssangyong model of safety. And I say that because South Korean brand has been a constant presence in Europe over the last 10 years, even if its models were the most successful in terms of aesthetics.

We can only speculate on the potential points that you could possibly receive a crashtest EuroNCAP Tivoli comparing what gives the South Korean current requirements of independent European organization.

For example, we learn that Tivoli has 7 airbags on devices we tested, one for the driver’s knees default on basic equipment that is optional. Otherwise, all safety features are standard regardless provided by Ssangyong equipment. We ESP, traction control, Brake Assistance and Hill Holder active.

On Tivoli there, however, electronic active assistance, so you will not get automatic braking, blind spot monitoring and warning unintentional lane.



Tivoli happy fall in average small SUV segment when it comes to suspension and steering behavior. No you can not expect too many fireworks from a model in 4×2 version of a recognized brand product especially for off-road capabilities of its models.

Artificial direction if just off a Mazda CX-3, but if we as a landmark success Dacia Duster, for example. So “note” that virtual’ll give him this model very different from the expectations they have. Personally I did not have too high requirements in view of the fact that it’s a budget model, and my expectations were exceeded.

The good part is that it relies on comfort suspension, which means that the NBU will have no problem in addressing the problems that we have in cities.

Profile machine very similar to what a model Mini: the ceiling is almost horizontal, windshield and rear window and they are near vertical, and that means it will not be too bothered by vision problems when running a Tivoli. Moreover, if it will seem that the small SUV segment produced by Ssangyong is a parking problem, you have an optional rear view camera and parking sensors.


On Tivoli find most technological elements it uses a driver in 2015.

For example, 7-inch display with touchscreen which includes rear view camera and navigation costs 990 euros and is optional on the richest two trim levels. I had no touch screen on the model tested, so we can not tell how it looks and how it moves.

Instead, the audio system with 6 speakers, Bluetooth connectivity and USB and AUX connectors are standard. Without having the possibility to choose an alternative high quality audio.

If you want an automatic gearbox, it costs 1,500 euros and is signed by Aisin, the same Japanese that make automatic transmissions and new generations of Volvo, for example. If you want all-wheel drive, it costs 1,700 euros, but do not recommend investing in a system that not only you’ll use in the city twice a year.

As I said in Chapter certainly have not provided any active safety system, but the benefits optional comfort items such as heating in the seats, electrically adjustable seats and heated steering wheel. We note the presence of LED daytime running lights as standard.


Brand Ssangyong is not even the best in design history. That’s because Actyon and Rodius models like, made in Romania 10 years ago, did not help at all Korean brand in terms of image. Quite the opposite: Rodius was and is one of the ugliest cars in the world, even earning a premium in this regard. Does not necessarily flattering, obviously.

The new Tivoli is different from what we offered Ssangyong before. With a design that looks like a hybrid between Kia Soul, Nissan Juke Suzuki Vitara and Tivoli is an ok appearance on the road. It’s not the most beautiful car in the segment, but it is clear, however, that you do not look tampered with logical lines. It’s a good car, but with a look that betrays a utilitarian tendency towards more practical side of life driver.

Obviously, in these conditions, comes a normal question: if Tivoli’s a car built to be useful rather than beautiful and the trend, which is why customers can order items such as contrasting color panel with the rest of the body, as is the car I had the opportunity to test in and around Bucharest? The answer comes from SUV to smaller, so-called crossovers city. If more customers want a little color and life to their cars, why not offer it? And if even Ssangyong has joined this trend, it is clear that things are colored small cars, but to off-road.

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