Even though it’s a neither-here-nor-there sort of car made by a largely unknown Korean car maker, we quite like the SsangYong Tivoli. It’s a cheap and funky crossover and from what we’re hearing it delivers good value and quality as well. Now there is a new version with an extended body.
The new SsangYong Tivoli XLV with its elongated body is apparently the car maker’s answer to those who liked the compact size of the crossover but wanted a bit more space in the back for carrying stuff. So while it has the same platform and 2,600mm wheelbase as the Tivoli, the XLV comes with a lengthened body from behind the C pillar.
The extra length is 238mm which translates into a more than decent 720 cubic litres of cargo space in the back. And that makes SsangYong Tivoli XLV one of the most practical cars in its class. When it launches this summer, you’ll be able to order the XLV with a Euro 6 compliant, 62 mpg 1.6 litre diesel engine and chose between a 6-speed manual and automatic and two- or four-wheel-drive.
“Following rapid growth in the compact SUV market, SsangYong responded in 2015 by launching Tivoli, its first small SUV, and already the company’s most successful new car. Some 64,000 cars were manufactured and sold around the world last year,” said Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK.