Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Good-Value Tivoli Is a Better Look for SsangYong; Road Test

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Good-Value Tivoli Is a Better Look for SsangYong; Road Test

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Byline: Mike Stone

SSANGYONG TIVOLI DIESEL AUTOMATIC 4X4 Top speed: 107mph C02: 146g/km MPG: 51.4 Price: PS19,500 IN THE past, SsangYong has inflicted on us some of the ugliest cars ever seen on UK roads. The original Rexton was hideous enough to make children cry, although things have greatly improved with the latest version.

Now the company has come up with the supermini-sized Tivoli, which may be a bit gawky-looking and might have styling which hints at everything from VW to Mini and DS3, but it's not at all bad. And best of all, it's very good value, with the range starting at just under PS13,000.

In its most expensive guise, as a four-wheel drive 1.6-litre diesel automatic, it costs PS19,500. But you don't get a bargain-basement vehicle with nasty cheap plastics in its cabin and a spine-jarring ride. Instead, this is a pretty polished small car, with a supple ride and build quality to rival its fellow Korean car-makers Hyundai and Kia.

This small crossover vehicle is also surprisingly effective off the road. …

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