Geneva Motor Show: SsangYong Tivoli XLV image

The Asian specialty automaker is a constant presence on the European market for some time now and the model range has recently been beefed up during the Geneva Motor Show via the Tivoli XLV.

The new Tivoli XLV is a bigger and thus more practical of the compact crossover. While the design might spark some love/hate reactions, the Tivoli XLV remains an apparition among the crop of SUVs and takes the original’s looks and blends it to a more practical version. It rides on the same 2,600-mm wheelbase as the regular Tivoli, but the XLV is nevertheless 238 mm longer after the C pillar to make room for a humongous trunk with a cargo capacity of 25.4 cubic feet (720 liters). The elongated rear makes the Tivoli XLV look significantly bigger and bulkier, but owners might feel that is a good trade-off to have such a cargo space. The practicality is boosted by the 60:40-split rear seats that can be folded flat and there are also numerous stowage areas inside the cabin while even the door pockets are capable of carrying bottles of 1.5 liters. The trunk is also nicely fitted with an underfloor storage area, luggage net, and a hook.

Aside from these changes, the Tivoli XLV remains the same as its smaller sibling and will be powered by a 1.6-liter petrol churning out 128 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 160 Newton meters of torque from 4,600 rpm. Buyers can also choose a 1.6-liter diesel with 115 hp and 300 Nm – both engines can be paired to a six-speed manual or an optional Aisin six-speed automatic transmission, with a front or all-wheel drive arrangement.