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KGM Tivoli 1.5 K30 5dr

  • Manual
  • Petrol
  • 40.1 mpg
  • 5 door suv
  • 161 g/km CO2
  • 161 g/km CO2 emissions
  • 40.1 mpg Fuel efficiency
  • 163 bhp Engine power

Ten Second Review

This KGM Tivoli, which you might better know with SsangYong badging, takes the fight to small SUVs like the Nissan Juke and the Renault Captur with budget pricing, a gutsy engine and build quality the like of which you wouldn't credit at this price point. It's an under-rated model.


The Tivoli was the car that launched the brand that was then known as SsangYong into the mainstream. Introduced in 2015, this small SUV sold over 50,000 units globally over the next five years and did a fine job in putting its Korean maker on the map. But the compact crossover market has changed dramatically in recent times and going forward, the Tivoli needs to be able to offer more than just high equipment and a low price. So its Korean maker has gradually improved it, upped equipment levels and focused the UK range down to a single 1.5-litre petrol engine driven through the front wheels. In early 2024, SsangYong was re-named KGM Motors. Let's take a closer look at this car.

Driving Experience

The original version of this car was a likeable package in its own way, but it was somewhat let down by its rather unremarkable 1.6-litre petrol engine. So it's good news that this unit has in recent years been superceded by a couple of far more up-to-date powerplants. The range used to kick off with a three cylinder 1.2 GDi-T turbo unit with 128PS, but now the Korean maker restricts UK sales to a four cylinder 1.5 GDi-T powerplant offering 163PS. The 1.5 petrol unit can be had with the option of auto transmission if you don't want the standard 6-speed manual. But the UK importers continue to ignore the 4WD version of this model that's available in other markets and would, if priced correctly, give the car a rather unique selling point here. This still isn't one of the more dynamically adept cars in its segment but through the corners, body control is decent and the steering consistent, if a little light. You can weight it up by playing with the 'Smart steering' system that KGM has decided all models should have, a set-up delivering three self-explanatory modes - 'Normal', 'Comfort' and 'Sport'. The six-speed automatic gearbox is the same Aisin unit used by MINI, albeit with a bit less sportiness built into the shift logic. This auto gearbox is obviously well suited for the city - and smoother than the rather jerky belt-driven CVT auto set-up you'd find in, say, an automatic Nissan Juke. Move through its cogs though and you'll find long ratios chosen for economy rather than speed.

Design and Build

This is one of those cars that the longer you look at it, the more design influences you can see. There's something of the Kia Soul in its overall proportioning, with a Nissan Juke-like rear haunch, a front end that's modern Renault in a good way, some DS3 about the rear three quarter and an interior that's glitzy in an upper-model Vauxhall way. There's nothing about this car that says 'budget brand' and, to many, that will be a good thing. Perhaps the Koreans need to work a bit at developing their own family look. It's not there yet, but the Tivoli is by no stretch of the imagination a bad looking car. Nor indeed is it a cheap looking one. The detailing such as the floating effect roof, the satin roof rails and the materials quality of the interior are at least as good as, if not better than, many of its mainstream rivals. In addition, there's a centre dash dominated by an informative colour touchscreen via which you access the usual stereo, 'phone and informational functions. It's 8-inches in size with base trim - or 9-inches if you go for the top version with navigation, which also gets a 10.25-inch instrument display. The cabin certainly feels as if it's been the recipient of better quality dash panels and seats than, say, an MG ZS or a Dacia Duster. Take a seat in the back and you'll find there's certainly a lot more room than you'd expect from a car less than 4.2m long and under 1.6m high. No model in this class is especially appropriate for three rear-seated folk but if you had to take a trio of adults on the back seat in a car of this type, then this is the model you'd want to have chosen for the task. The boot measures 423-litres to the parcel shelf, which is perfectly adequate in this class.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £20,500 for the base 'K30' version. there's a plusher 'K40' version priced from around £23,000. Both variants use the same four cylinder 1.5-litre unit and you can add automatic transmission for around £1,500 more. All Tivoli models get cruise control, electric windows, remote central locking, smart steering, a DAB Radio with iPod & Bluetooth connectivity, manual air conditioning, 6 airbags and electronic safety features including Front Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Automatic Emergency Breaking (AEB), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), Front Vehicle Start Alert (FVSA), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Emergency Stop System (ESS), Safety Distance Alert (SDA). Base 'K30' trim includes 18-inch alloy wheels, black faux leather upholstery, front seat heaters, an 8-inch integral touchscreen with rear camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, electronic cruise control, a heated leather steering wheel, a leather gear knob, a seventh airbag, floor mats, a mini spare, a luggage cover, LED front fogs, roof rails, keyless start, auto lights, wipers, front and rear parking sensors. 'K40' trim meanwhile, gets you 18-inch brushed chrome alloy wheels, full-leather seats, dual zone air conditioning, a 10.25-inch smart LED instrument cluster, a 9-inch HD centre screen with navigation, rear privacy glass and powered folding mirrors.

Cost of Ownership

The running cost returns of this car are better than you might expect. For the single 1.5-litre engine on offer, the figures are 40.1mpg and 161g/km for the manual. Perhaps the best bit though, is the peace of mind that comes as standard with this car thanks to KGM's impressively complete five year 100,000 mile warranty. The Korean maker has subjected this Tivoli to as stringent a development programme as any of its bigger, tougher SUVs would have to undergo. That's seen it tested from temperatures as low as minus 42-degrees in winter to desert heat at over 50-degrees, with brake testing in mountain altitudes of up to 4,000-metres. It's hard to imagine many other small, fashionable Crossovers surviving a regime like that for too long.


Do you love it? The 'Tivoli' name, in case you hadn't realised, spells 'I lov it' backwards. Or, if you prefer, connects his car into the elegance of the Roman hilltop town that was home to the Emperor Hadrian. Either way, it's a badge appropriate for the kind of fashionable little Juke-genre Crossover this car is trying to be. Does this over-stuffed market sector really need yet another option? If it's inexpensive, better equipped and more spacious than the norm, then we'd say yes. There may be more dynamic, more efficient choices in this segment but can they really offer enough to justify their higher pricing? Are the products in question really that much better than this one? Try a Tivoli and you may well decide not.

  • 6 speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • USB and auxiliary socket
  • Fashion rails
  • Piano black radiator grille
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Roof mounted antenna
  • Cloth/TPU leather upholstery
  • Front centre armrest
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Leather D cut steering wheel
  • Leather gear knob
  • Luggage cover
  • PVC door scuffs
  • Rear folding centre armrest with cup holders
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual front airbags with passenger off switch
  • Front vehicle start alert
  • Manual child lock in rear doors
  • Safety dstance alert (SDA)
  • Side airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Two stage front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Alarm/immobiliser
  • Automatic door locking
  • Keyless ignition
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking
  • CO: 0.272
  • HC: 0.017
  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • NOx: 0.014
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 161
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 139
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 197
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 150
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1497
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 76
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 82.5
  • Engine Code: 175 950
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 40.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 40.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 46.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 32.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 43.1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Badge Power: 163
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: N
  • Coin Series: K30
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 18D
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Engine Power - BHP: 163
  • Engine Power - KW: 120
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 206
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 28.5
  • Engine Torque - NM: 280
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Top Speed: 112
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Alloys: True
  • Space Saver: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: 5 SPOKE
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Height (including roof rails): 1621
  • Length: 4225
  • Wheelbase: 2600
  • Width: 1810
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1800
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1115
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 423
  • Max. Loading Weight: 500
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 500
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1300
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6