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SsangYong extends appeal of Tivoli with new SUV-Estate

SsangYong has launched an extended body model of its Tivoli compact SUV, badged as the XLV.

Sharing the same platform and 2,600mm wheelbase as the regular Tivoli, the XLV features a lengthened body from behind the C pillar, an increase of 238mm over the standard car, expanding the load capacity to 720 litres of space.

The Tivoli XLV comes as standard with seven airbags including front, side and curtain airbags plus a driver’s knee airbag, multi-function ESP (Electronic Stability Program), Active Rollover Protection, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist and ESS (Emergency Stop Signal), a tyre pressure monitoring system and a warning reminder on all five seat belt positions.

Available with two-wheel drive or as a 4x4, power comes from a Euro 6 compliant 1.6 litre diesel engine mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic.

The newly developed 1.6 litre e-XDi160 diesel engine produces maximum power of 115PS at 3,400-4,000rpm with peak torque of 300Nm at 1,500-2,500rpm. It also features a fifth generation E-VGT turbocharger which is said to ‘maximise performance especially in the mid-low speed range’ making it ‘fun and responsive’ to drive.  

The manual version is fitted with ISG (stop/start) to deliver CO2 emission of 117g/km and fuel economy of up to 62.8mpg on the Combined cycle.

The Tivoli XLV offers the option of an intelligent 4-wheel drive system which distributes power to front and rear drive shafts, and automatically adjusts to the road surface and driving conditions to optimise performance. In normal driving, all the power goes to the front wheels to enhance fuel efficiency, while 4-wheel drive is automatically engaged in snow or slippery conditions by diverting power to the rear wheels as well.  

For increased stability and reassurance, the 4-wheel drive operates with Hill Start Assist which helps by delivering power to any wheels that are spinning, while for optimised braking performance, ESP and ABS also control the 4x4 system for greater safety.

With a 167mm ground clearance, approach angle of 20.0 degrees, 20.8 degree departure angle, and 17.0 degree ramp angle, SsangYong says that the Tivoli XLV possesses highly competent off-road capabilities.

On the equipment front, the Tivoli XLV features digital-dual zone automatic air conditioning, an infotainment system with RDS radio, 7” high-resolution touch screen, USB/AUX port, iPod & Bluetooth connectivity, Tom-Tom navigation and rear view camera.  It also comes with cruise control, parking sensors front and rear, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlight activation and roof rails.

As with all models in the SsangYong range, the Tivoli XLV is covered by a 5 year limitless mileage warranty. On sale now, prices start from £18,250 for the Tivoli XLV 1.6 diesel manual 2WD – £1,000 more than for the equivalent Tivoli ELX - £19,250 with automatic transmission, £19,500 for the Tivoli XLV 1.6 diesel manual 4x4, and £20,500 for the 4x4 with automatic.