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Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 7.5 - 8.6 mpp
Diesel engines 8.8 - 10.6 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 35.3 - 40.4 mpg
Diesel engines 43.4 - 52.3 mpg

Chances are, if you’re buying one of these cars you’re doing so to be as economical with your cash as you can, so SsangYong Tivoli running costs are likely to be important when selecting your particular purchase. If that’s the case, it’s best to avoid the four-wheel drive automatic petrol model as officially it churns through a gallon of fuel every 37.2 miles. In the real world it’s likely to drain its tank even faster.

A far better prospect is the two-wheel drive manual diesel with stop/start, thanks to its claimed 67.3mpg, helped by the low annual VED car tax costs from its 109g/km CO2 output. Even the automatic front-wheel drive diesel manages 51.4mpg and the four-wheel drive manual diesel with stop/start a reasonable 62.8mpg.

If SsangYong Tivoli emissions are your key reason for purchasing there is only one model worth considering – the two-wheel drive diesel with stop/start. Choose this model and the environment is safe thanks to a CO2 figure of 109g/km, though without stop/start this rises to 113g/km, which will also mean a rise in annual VED car tax. Add an automatic gearbox and this jumps to 146g/km while four-wheel drive figures are 123g/km (man) or 156g/km (auto).

For those that must have the petrol the manual front-wheel drive model with stop/start emits 149g/km (154g/km without stop/start) and the automatic 167g/km. The worst emissions come from the four-wheel drive petrol with automatic gearbox which pumps out 176g/km.

The maker is certainly confident when it comes to its products, which is why SsangYong Tivoli reliability is backed by its five-year limitless mile warranty. Its dealers currently thrive on repeat business too, and since you’re only as good as your last product, every car they sell has to impress owners to maintain that relationship. We expect customer service, in the event something does go wrong, is high on the priority list too.

Having said all that, the Tivioli is completely new. Both the diesel and petrol engines have been developed from the ground up, so there’s no track record for reliability with them. The whole package has been developed by new owners Mahindra & Mahindra though, with 280 million Euros being sunk into the process – that’s not a figure to suggest corners have been cut.

For now though, it remains something of an unknown.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £30 - £240
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 13 - 18
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