The Tivoli XLV struggled with some aspects of our tests, but was above our expectations in others. The SsangYong handled the lane-change test surprisingly well. Even on the third and fastest pass through the manoeuvre, the car remained controllable despite the caravan flailing around behind it.
However, the 12.2m stopping distance from 30mph was a full 1.6m further than the Skoda Superb needed.
The XLV wasn’t comfortable at high speeds, either, feeling loose at 60mph and worse at 70mph. It took some effort to reach that pace, too. Even going from 30-60mph needed a lengthy 20.4 seconds, accompanied by lots of noise from the 1.6-litre diesel engine.
It took a very firm pull on the handbrake to stop the SsangYong from rolling backwards, but it pulled reasonably well over the hill in first gear, so long as the driver balanced the clutch and throttle carefully. However, the car struggled to reverse up a short distance on the other side of the hill, needing lots of clutch slip.
With or without a caravan on the back the Tivoli XLV’s stiff and fidgety ride can be wearing. Otherwise it’s an adequate everyday drive, with tidy enough handling and the benefit of four-wheel-drive (a front-wheel-drive version costs £1250 less).
The most important difference between the Tivoli we tested last year and the bigger Tivoli XLV is the latter’s larger luggage capacity. However, our test car came with a spare instead of the standard puncture repair kit. We’d be glad of the wheel if we got a puncture, but it did eat into the available luggage space.
The Tivoli XLV (and the Tivoli) have a higher level of safety kit for 2017, lifting the Euro NCAP safety score to four stars. A five-year warranty is included in the price.