By Wayne Gorrett
2020 Tivoli gets exterior and interior design tweaks, new infotainment system, added safety, two new turbo-charged petrol engines and a revamped turbo-diesel.
Range starts from £13,995 (1.2 petrol manual in EX trim)
SsangYong has updated its Tivoli compact SUV 2020 to keep it fresh against established rivals like the SEAT Arona, Nissan Juke and Suzuki Vitara. Buyers get the choice of two new petrol engines and some refreshed trim levels, plus SsangYong’s class-leading seven-year/ 150,000-mile transferable warranty.
Starting the model walk up is the EX, which starts from just £13,995. At this price, the only cheaper SUVs on sale are the Dacia Duster and MG ZS – and all the essentials are present; you get cruise control, electric windows, air conditioning, Bluetooth and DAB radio.
Ventura (previously called ELX), costs £3,000 more but includes plenty of extras, including 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, a heated leather steering wheel, keyless start, front and rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers, and a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a reversing camera.
The four Tivoli Ultimate models benefit from 18-inch alloys, leather seats, dual-zone climate control, a digital instrument cluster and power-folding door mirrors. This version starts from £19,995, rising to £22,995 for a car with a diesel engine and automatic gearbox.
The 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines are both new for 2020. Available on EX and Ventura, the 1.2-litre offers 126hp, a standard six-speed manual gearbox and 40.4mpg. The 1.5-litre engine is more powerful, with 161hp, but not noticeably less economical at 39.2mpg – although the optional automatic gearbox does reduce economy to 36.7mpg and raise CO2 emissions from 164g/km to 175g/km. SsangYong has also updated the Tivoli’s 1.6-litre diesel engine, so it now offers 134hp and 50.4mpg. All models are front-wheel drive only.
Styling changes are minor, but the new Tivoli gets redesigned headlights and chrome grille inserts, while the rear end now boasts an eye-catching LED light signature.
Euro NCAP gave the Tivoli a four-star safety rating back in 2016 when the model was originally introduced (and crash test protocols were much less stringent than today).
However, the good news is that SsangYong’s smallest model now features lane-keeping assist, auto emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, driver attention alert and a system that warns you if you’re getting too close to the car in front.