SsangYong has been through a lot of struggles in the past because it used to have an unappealing and dated lineup. But all that changes when the South Korean carmaker came up with a compact crossover with the nameplate Tivoli. The vehicle changed people's perception towards the South Korean carmaker, and at the same time, it also helped the brand make its name prominent in the global market.
SsangYong Philippines launched the SsangYong Tivoli in 2018. The five-setter crossover was the brand's entry in the segment. It was initially offered with a sole engine choice of 1.6L gasoline unit. However, the brand decided to add another 1.6L turbo-diesel variant in the lineup of the Korean crossover.
The Tivoli is SsangYong's smallest crossover model
The exterior of the SsangYong Tivoli features sharp and angular lines that are different from the usual chisels and curves of its crossover rivals. The front end of the Tivoli comes with a small grille in black finish with chrome accents together with the brand's badge. The Korean crossover looks like a big vehicle with its angles, giving it a broad shoulder. The front of the car features projector halogen lights while the rear part of the car has LED lights.
SsangYong Tivoli is offered in the Philippines with four color options – Platinum Grey, Cherry Red, Silent Silver, and Grand White.
The interior of the SsangYong Tivoli features a high-quality cabin. However, the layout was kept simple, and the housing for the dual-zone automatic climate control buttons at the bottom of the center console is quite dated.
The three-spoke steering wheel comes with silver garnish, and the instrument cluster with color-changing dials makes a remarkably attractive driver's cockpit. The dashboard looks organized and plush, thanks to the stacked AC vents with silver finish and tucked-in themed rectangular touch screen infotainment system.
The redesigned dashboard of the diesel variant separates the two SsangYong variants apart. The gasoline variant features an interior with a black and brown theme, while the diesel variant has a black and gray interior. The seats are leather-upholstered, and the vehicle also comes with plentiful storage spaces.
Technology & Safety features
SsangYong Tivoli has a large infotainment system and a head unit powered by Android with Bluetooth capabilities.
The gasoline variant of the SsangYong Tivoli is equipped with automatic headlights, power-adjustable seats, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, auto climate control, reverse camera with sensors, auto-folding side mirrors, keyless entry with push start button, and speed-sensing door locks.
The diesel variant of the Korean crossover is employed with more updated tech features because it is the newer variant. A massive 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is sitting at the center of the dashboard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also has a 10.25-inch high definition, full graphic display with multiple waypoints for the car settings.
Platform & Chassis
SsangYong Tivoli is a five-door crossover that can accommodate five occupants. The Korean crossover is built on a monocoque frame with a length of 4195 mm, a width of 1795 mm, a height of 1590 mm, and a ground clearance of 167 mm. The chassis of the SsangYong Tivoli comes with MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam for the rear suspension.
The stopping power of the model comes from the ventilated front discs and solid rear discs. The Korean crossover offers a plush ride quality with this setup as the urban driving condition is kept on priority.
Engine & Drivetrain
SsangYong Philippines offers the SsangYong Tivoli in two engine options. The first option is the 1.6L naturally aspirated engine. The other one is the 1.6L turbo diesel engine. Both units have the same displacement of 1597 cc. These two engine options are available in either six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.
The gasoline-powered powerplant pumps out 126 horsepower and 160 Newton-meter of torque. On the other hand, the diesel engine creates 134 horsepower and 324 Newton-meter of torque.
SsangYong Tivoli comes with a Smart Steer system that provides drivers with options to switch from three steering modes – Sport, Normal, and Comfort.