Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Expectations for SsangYong Tivoli safety aren’t as high as you might expect – the firm is suggesting it will achieve a four star EuroNCAP rating when it is tested in 2016. That’s still an acceptable level, but somewhat surprising as an ‘aspiration’.

Nevertheless the SsangYong Tivoli boasts a bodyshell constructed with 70percent high strength steel and seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees. Ten major areas of the car use a Hot Press Forming process for the metal, so the strength is increased over standard pressed steel.

Alongside the strong shell and multitude of airbags the Tivoli has Electronic Stability Control in conjunction with Active Roll over Protection and Brake Assist to increase the braking force when undertaking an emergency stop – and the SsangYong will flash its hazard lights to warn those following that it is completing such a manoeuvre.

As it’s the smallest car in the company’s current range, SsangYong Tivoli practicality is beaten by the firm’s larger models. Certainly if you’re looking to tow the Korando and its 2,000kg weight limit is a better bet, and those hoping to transport multiple passengers should look towards the seven-seat Turismo.

But, compared to direct rivals like the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur or even Mazda’s premium CX-3 the Tivoli acquits itself rather well. For a start there’s loads of room in the rear seats with plenty of leg, head and shoulder space for two adults or three children and we particularly like the bungee cord map pockets on the rear of the seats.

Around the rest of the cabin are multiple storage pockets and areas including generous door pockets, a large glovebox (said to be large enough for a laptop) with open bin above and a lidded-cubby in the transmission tunnel – large enough for an iPad. There’s also a sunglasses holder above the rear view mirror.

Open the tailgate and you’ll spot a 423-litre boot, which is considerably larger than the Nissan Juke’s (207 litres) or the closer still Renault Captur’s 377-litre example.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the SsangYong Tivoli.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

ELX equipment

ELX standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
ELX optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control

ELX Red Edition equipment

ELX Red Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
ELX Red Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Partial leather seat trim

EX equipment

EX standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
EX optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

LE equipment

LE standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
LE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
SE optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Ultimate equipment

Ultimate standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Traction control
Ultimate optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Euro NCAP Rating – 3 stars

The SsangYong Tivoli was tested by Euro NCAP in 2016 and was awarded a 3 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

3 star rating
Test 2016
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 74%
Child Occupant: 62%
Vulnerable Road Users: 55%
Safety Assist: 25%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.