SsangYong Tivoli (2015 -) Safety & Reliability

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.

3.5 out of 5

Safety

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Expectations for SsangYong Tivoli safety aren’t as high as you might expect – the firm is suggesting it will achieve a four star EuroNCAP rating when it is tested in 2016. That’s still an acceptable level, but somewhat surprising as an ‘aspiration’.

Nevertheless the SsangYong Tivoli boasts a bodyshell constructed with 70percent high strength steel and seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees. Ten major areas of the car use a Hot Press Forming process for the metal, so the strength is increased over standard pressed steel.

Alongside the strong shell and multitude of airbags the Tivoli has Electronic Stability Control in conjunction with Active Roll over Protection and Brake Assist to increase the braking force when undertaking an emergency stop – and the SsangYong will flash its hazard lights to warn those following that it is completing such a manoeuvre.

4 out of 5

Reliability

The maker is certainly confident when it comes to its products, which is why SsangYong Tivoli reliability is backed by its five-year limitless mile warranty. Its dealers currently thrive on repeat business too, and since you’re only as good as your last product, every car they sell has to impress owners to maintain that relationship. We expect customer service, in the event something does go wrong, is high on the priority list too.

Having said all that, the Tivioli is completely new. Both the diesel and petrol engines have been developed from the ground up, so there’s no track record for reliability with them. The whole package has been developed by new owners Mahindra & Mahindra though, with 280 million Euros being sunk into the process – that’s not a figure to suggest corners have been cut.

For now though, it remains something of an unknown.

Car check problem points

Body

No problems reported

Engine/Gearbox

No problems reported

Other

No problems reported