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By Jonathan Crouch
SsangYong's compact crossover, the Tivoli is more practical in lengthier XLV form. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer in the improved model.
Ten Second Reviewword count: 59
SsangYong Tivoli has proved to be the first truly credible value-brand entrant in the growing small Crossover segment. There, it competes with cars like Renault's Captur and Nissan's Juke but it isn't quite large enough to go up against slightly larger contenders like Skoda's Karoq and Mitsubishi's ASX. Here though, is a variant that is - the Tivoli XLV.
Backgroundword count: 136
The Tivoli has been a crucial product for SsangYong, a small crossover that since its launch in 2015, has sold in numbers previously unknown to the South Korean brand's UK dealers. It slots in beneath the marque's Korando small SUV, that car supposed to mop up customers wanting something a little larger and Qashqai-sized. The Korando though, is a little utilitarian and old-school for some folk in the Qashqai set. To interest these people, SsangYong needed to replicate the Tivoli's successful formula in a slightly larger form. Which is what we've got here in the Tivoli XLV. 'XLV', apparently, stands for 'Exciting Lifestyle Vehicle'. We're not quite sure what that means but what it doesn't designate is 7-seat capacity: you don't get that here. Instead, what this variant does provide is a very large 720-litre boot.
Driving Experienceword count: 190
SsangYong originally launched this XLV model only with their 115PS 1.6 e-Xdi 160 four cylinder diesel, but the brand now also offers this model with 128PS 1.6-litre petrol power too. What you can't now have is 4WD; it's front wheel drive only with both engines, but there is an auto transmission option. Everything mechanical is exactly as it is in the smaller Tivoli model, which means that this diesel Tivoli can lug along 1,500kg of braked trailer towing weight. That's nearly double the weight that a diesel-powered Renault Captur would be able to tow. Through the corners, body control is decent and the steering consistent, if a little light. Fortunately, you can weight it up by playing with the 'Smart steering' system that SsangYong has decided all models should have, a set-up delivering three self-explanatory modes - 'Normal', 'Comfort' and 'Sport'. The six-speed automatic is much the same unit as seen in the MINI, albeit with a bit less sportiness built into the shift logic. This self-shifting gearbox is obviously well suited for the city. Move through its cogs and you'll find long ratios chosen for economy rather than speed.
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