SsangYong Tivoli (2015 -) Buying & Selling

Review by Graeme Lambert on
Last Updated: 10 Sep 2015
3.5
When SsangYong says it’s hoping to ‘Escape from the Ordinary’ with its new Tivoli, you quickly realise how important this car is for the company. This car, the first developed by new owner Mahindra & Mahindra, represents a new dawn for the firm and aims to finally make the brand a success in Europe.

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Buying new

It’s a relatively simple range to choose from, so you’re not likely to get much wrong. It’s up to you whether the diesel or petrol appeals, though so far we’ve only driven the petrol. For those doing larger mileages the diesel will likely be a better choice, both on account of its greater torque figure and superior economy.

Most UK cars are expected to be EX or ELX spec, with only 10 percent of sales promised to be entry-level SE. It’s easy to see why, since the EX models only cost around £1,650 more but add leather seats and 18-inch alloy wheels among other kit highlights. We’d avoid forking out extra for the four-wheel drive models and stick with the more fuel-efficient front-wheel drive examples instead. Same goes for the red leather interior, this bright hue likely to prove somewhat divisive come resale time.

The brand doesn’t really feature on broker websites – the stock is brought into the country by its UK importer and sold through official retailers only – so you’ll not cut a deal through the Internet. That said, there may be some room for negotiation with your local dealer, and it’s always possible to add a few extras to the deal if you try hard enough.

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Buying used

We suspect many SsangYong Tivoli buyers will hold onto their purchases for some length of time, which means the five year limitless-mile warranty may have expired. Buy within that period and it’s an obvious benefit though.

It’s also reasonable to expect that, despite the projected image of this junior SUV, that many will be bought by younger families or an older generation.

The latter demographic will be perfect seller, likely to have had it serviced religiously, maintained regardless of cost and with little to no wear to the cabin. That said, the odd parking scrape may be apparent so keep your eyes open and haggle accordingly. With the former it’s likely to have led a relatively hard life so ensure the bodywork is free of supermarket door dings, the wheels are kerb-rash free and the interior doesn’t look like the inner-workings of a crèche.

And whatever you do, invest in a Parkers Car History Check.

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Selling

Currently the SsangYong brand isn’t so much of an unknown in the UK, but a minnow in a large and competitive pond with a small but loyal customer following. Chances are the Tivoil will slowly redress that balance, increasing sales for the UK arm but you’ll still be preaching to a limited audience when it comes time to sell.

So shout about the firm’s excellent five-year warranty - assuming there is still a balance of cover when you come to sell the car on. If you’ve used it as a family car ensure the wheels and bodywork are free from kerb and car park damage, and the interior is clean and free from any child paraphernalia. Present it with an up to date history file too.