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SsangYong Tivoli XLV 4x4 interior, tech and comfort

2016 - 2020 (change model)
Comfort rating: 4 out of 54.0

Written by Parkers Experts Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

  • Cabin lifted straight from Tivoli
  • Solid build for the most part
  • Choice of leather colours and trim

Much like the SsangYong Tivoli SUV, fans of the brand will hardly recognise the plush interior that awaits them in the XLV, especially compared with SsangYongs of old.

The materials – on the whole – are solid, with some questionable plastics in places you’re rarely going to be touching, but thanks to a choice of colours for the interior, it’s a nice place in which to spend time.

The driver’s seat is finished in leather and features two levels of heating – as do the passengers and rear seats – and it is height-adjustable and comfortable to sit in for a long journey.

In front of you is a well laid-out and quite stylish-looking set of instruments that are easy to read. We also like the new woven patterned inserts in the door cards.

Some buttons are oddly located – the heated seat switches are very low on the centre console and the heating controls are made up of a sea of small, thin buttons, but otherwise it’s all easy to navigate.

The standard TomTom sat-nav is clear and simple to set up, although the seven-inch screen could do with being a little more responsive, and slightly brighter, but overall the infotainment system is simple and very easy to use.

  • Comfort levels are good in the XLV
  • Good driving position
  • Suspension slightly firm, but comfy

With the majority of Tivoli XLV buyers likely to be families, comfort is where the XLV needs to do well. Luckily, it doesn’t disappoint. There’s plenty of space for everyone, in the front and back, and a smooth ride quality that levels out lumpy roads.

The kids will like the higher view out of the windows and mum and dad will like that there’s a huge amount of storage for all kinds of bits and pieces that come with family life.

These conveniences help with all buyers though, with a set of very comfortable leather seats up front offering plenty of adjustment, so it’s easy for almost anyone to get settled in the XLV.

It’s not Mercedes-Benz S-Class good but it’s certainly acceptable and means the Tivoli XLV would make a superb long-distance companion.

There’s a bit of wind noise and the diesel engine is noisy when really pushed, but within the Tivoli XLV’s more natural limits you’ll find the cabin a quiet place to be.