Let’s cut to the chase; if there is a vehicle that astounds us here at StreettalkPh, it would be the Ssangyong Tivoli XLV. Here is a wagon/crossover that runs like a sports car would run. Comfortable AND fast!

Seriously, I don’t know what the engineers were thinking, or if they were even thinking at all. It seems like that they designed the XLV, just to mess with us.

The whole performance package is awe-inspiring. Here’s a 5-passenger crossover, with AWD and a 1.6-litre Turbocharged diesel engine, a 6–speed automatic tranny and meaty 18in wheels. This combination shouldn’t be, but its here, and we are happy.


Admittedly, the aesthetics needs a little adjusting to. The squarish rear tapers to the front, strong fender lines and semi flared wheel openings give it more pizzaz. The sharp angled LED daytime running lights (DRL), trapezoidal fog lights and a black-out grille completes the sporty crossover look. Honeycomb lower grille provides wide air inlet. The thick C-Pillar look off but denotes strength.

The Engine that could.


  • Power Train   All-Wheel Drive-Intelligent 4-wheel drive system

  • Max Output (HP)      115 hp @ 4,000 rpm

  • Max Torque (nm)     300 Nm @ 2,500 rpm

  • Driving Modes: Winter, Normal, Sport

  • Smart Steer system – Normal, Comfort, and Sport

215/45/18 tires provide that extra grip

The torque rating is nothing to scoff at. It can propel the XLV, and 5 passengers, to 100kph without breaking a sweat. And with the AWD system, sharp curves and wet pavement are nothing to worry about. Talk about confidence booster.

The Ssangyong Tivoli still has a cigarette lighter!

The dash is similar to the smaller TIVOLI, albeit in less color. Black to be exact; a tad conservative-which is more fitting for a sub compact crossover with a mature driver. The only controls in Red are the AC controls, which is actually good to look at but rather difficult to operate. It’s a guessing game when trying to adjust the AC level when you’re driving; something that the competition has made easier to reach.

The seats are comfortable, with the fabric ideal in hot weather. No hot rear, sweaty backs or squirming. The rear seats can fit 3 persons comfortably, and headroom is good enough for a 6-footer. The entertainment system is a 7-inch Touchscreen DVD/MP3 Player with 6 speakers, with Aux, Bluetooth, USB, Mirror Like the AC entertainment system is not easy to operate, as the touchscreen needs more finger pressure to respond, but sound quality is very good.

The boot has a hidden space under the floor cover, taking up spare tire space …
…because in lieu of a spare, you have a do-it-yourself patch kit!

Compared to the standard Tivoli, which has 423 litres, the XLV has a humongous 720 litres of boot space.


When rear seats are folded, a 29er Mountain Bike fits easily. The pedal inserts in the cover fold, settling the bike nicely on the floor.

With all these, the frustrated racer in me got my creative juices flowing. What if we stuffed the Ssangyong Rodius 2-litre turbo diesel engine in the XLV, replete with 6-speed manual tranny, maybe a 1.5 to 2in. body lift, and racing livery? The torque itself can make the XLV a contender in the local Rallycross series. Think about it. 128hp with 350(!)Nm of torque! No? Maybe we can “loosen up” the 1.6 engine, stuff a bigger intercooler and maybe a race chip? I don’t know about you, but I would die to drive that thing. We may have a winner here!

A rendering of a potential SsangYong Tivoli Rallye Cross competitor!


Price as tested:

SsangYong Tivoli XLV 1.6 ELX 4×4 AT Automatic Diesel

Hill Start Assist, Rear parking sensor, keyless entry and alarm.

  • Php 1,245,000

SsangYong Tivoli XLV 1.6 EXD 4×2 AT Automatic Diesel

  • Php 1,170,000  

For more information, visit http://www.ssangyong.ph/

Text/Images by Earl Manalansan




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