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Tivoli gains a bigger boot for added practicality

PROS

  • Larger boot than standard Tivoli
  • Smarter new front bumper
  • Huge standard specification
  • Manual or auto, two- and four-wheel drive

CONS

  • No petrol engine
  • Same passenger space as Tivoli
  • Not a thrilling drive

Verdict

At least one of the elements of the SsangYong Tivoli XLV’s name should ring a bell, even if you’re at a bit of a loss what it collectively refers to.

More than 3,300 Tivoli SUVs found homes here in 2015 so it’s easy to see why SsangYong’s UK distributor was so keen for this larger version to carry the recognisable Tivoli name, unlike in Korea where it is simply badged XLV.

It’s best to think of it as an estate version of the standard car - there’s more metal behind the rear wheels, adding 245mm in length and 50kg in weight. As a result you get a 720-litre boot (up from 423 litres) trumping both the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage.

One engine and one trim level

Unlike in its home market, the UK will receive a focused choice of engine and trim – a 1.6-litre diesel engine with a manual or automatic gearbox, in two- or four-wheel drive.

The spec is based on the Tivoli’s top-trim ELX so you get loads of kit thrown in – expect heated leather seats, keyless start, TomTom sat-nav and a rear-view camera for starters.

In fact the only thing missing from this longer, more practical SsangYong is a pair of extra seats. The Korean manufacturer contemplated making the XLV a seven-seater, but decided that the rear bench would simply not be comfortable enough.

Will it still tow my caravan?

SsangYong is aware of its popularity with the UK tow-bar fraternity, so rest assured, the 1,500kg braked trailer capacity has been carried over from the Tivoli.

With a considerably larger boot though you should be able to more comfortably pack your camping essentials, and, according to the marketing pictures, a surfboard, snowboard, or pair of folding bicycles.

So, is this extended SsangYong Tivoli XLV a more convincing package than the SUV on which it is based? Read our full Parkers review to find out.

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