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Ssangyong Tivoli XLV

The name may not roll off the tongue but the Ssangyong Tivoli XLV offers good value for those wanting a spacious SUV with a very generous warranty. However, the styling is rather brutal and it's not the cheapest car in its segment to run.

Based on the more stylish Tivoli, the XLV is a longer and more practical choice and it's an interesting alternative to the sector’s leaders.

The Ssangyong Tivoli XLV has a 1.6 litre diesel unit which isn't as refined as many of its rivals but it does have reasonable economy and power. The engine produces 115 bhp and has plenty of torque and is coupled to a choice of either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. Economy for the manual box will be around 63 mpg when used in two-wheel drive but the Japanese sourced automatic gearbox only returns 46 mpg - and it's much more expensive to buy.

There's more room in the cabin and the boot is 720 litres in size and there's a useful underfloor storage area too. The dashboard features a 7-inch screen for the infotainment system and satnav as well as the rear view camera and Bluetooth connectivity. Standard equipment includes keyless start, colour options for the instrument cluster, privacy glass, leather seats and front seat warmers. The rear seats can be reclined. Safety kit includes seven airbags, electronic stability control and ABS.

Also, unlike many of its rivals, the Ssangyong Tivoli XLV is a fairly decent off-road performer with a switchable four-wheel-drive system available to ensure this can be done safely. On the road, the XLV is a large vehicle but is nimble enough around town and on country roads and it's excellent for long distance journeys. The rearview camera is a must have when parking.

The bottom line for those who aren't acquainted with the brand is that the Tivoli XLV offers lots of equipment and when it comes to handling it certainly is not the best but it is not the worst either. The extra length of this vehicle over its Tivoli sibling is mainly focused on the boot area so there is a large overhang over the rear wheels and some potential buyers may find that the Tivoli is a better bet if they don't need this extra space.

Most potential buyers will not appreciate that Ssangyong has a pedigree in producing rugged and reliable vehicles that are good for off-roading and the Ssangyong Tivoli XLV is testament to that ability. It can be noisy and its rivals are cheaper to run but there's lots of equipment, the interior is well built and comfortable and it offers versatility. If you're looking for a spacious SUV and are not too bothered about the badge, then the XLV could make for an interesting choice with an excellent price tag.