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Why you'll enjoy stretch in SsangYong's great-value Tivoli XLV but not on price

PUBLISHED: 07:22 03 November 2016

SsangYong's stretched Tivoli SLV is a cost-conscious, competent sport utility vehicle with a vasgt 720-litre boot.

SsangYong's stretched Tivoli SLV is a cost-conscious, competent sport utility vehicle with a vasgt 720-litre boot.

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It's big, it's cheap and it's got four-wheel-drive. PA explains why SsangYong's Tivoli XLV is such a bargain.

What’s new?

SsangYong surprised everyone when its first truly mainstream car, the Tivoli, turned out to be very good. The budget South Korean brand is now building on that success, adding more boot space and calling it the XLV.

You now get a 720-litre boot, rising to a whopping 1,440 litres with the rear seats folded down. These van-like proportions, combined with strong equipment choices and a generous warranty, make the Tivoli XLV one of the best sport utility vehicles you can buy for £20,000.

SsangYong Tivoli XLV

Price: SsangYong Tivoli XLV ELX 2WD £18,750 (range to to £21,000)

Engine: 1.6-litre, 113bhp, four-cylinder turbo diesel

Performance: 0-62mph 12 seconds; top speed 109mph

MPG: 62.8 combined

CO2 emissions: 117g/km

Looks and image

Design-wise, the Tivoli XLV is a slightly awkward people-carrier-cum-estate shape but is up there with any other soft-roader. With a backside prettier than most rivals, it’s a fine-looking car to have parked on the driveway. What’s more, it stands out a bit in the car park.

Space and practicality

As with all SsangYongs, the XLV has been designed with utility at the top of the list of priorities and styling perhaps a little further down than British buyers would like. But the result is an astonishing 720 litres of boot space with all five seats in place, which is cavernous compared to big-selling rivals.

All passengers sit in relative comfort thanks to ample leg and headroom. The front passengers get a particularly good deal. the cabin is dotted with oddment boxes and the boot gets an adjustable floor.

The XLV comes with front or four-wheel drive, manual or automatic gearboxes, is more than capable of traversing your average English farm without getting stuck and anyone craving the stability of four-wheel-drive on icy roads will be impressed with the XLV.

Behind the wheel

It lacks the refinement of some of the latest rivals, and the on-road dynamics feel stale compared to offerings from premium competitors, but the XLV is absolutely fine to drive.

The 113bhp diesel engine offers enough grunt to keep up with traffic but sounds clattery under acceleration but once you’ve hit 60mph the cabin feels well insulated.

Value for money

You’d be hard pressed to find a new car that can match the XLV’s level of equipment and ability. Every XLV gets sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, reversing camera and niceties like heated front seats and automatic wipers. With a price tag around £20,000, most real rivals will be second-hand.

With a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty, colossal boot, good standard equipment and some off-road ability, it’s hard to knock the XLV.

Who would buy one?

SsangYongs have proven popular with rural types looking for value and low running costs. The brand has also been favoured by people with caravans or horseboxes thanks to its reputation for making robust tow cars. Anyone considering a second-hand SUV in this price bracket, or compromising on trim and equipment to bring a mainstream car down to budget, should try the Tivoli XLV.

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