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SsanYong makes big impression with the outstanding Tivoli

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SsanYong Tivoli: real value for money.

By Gerry Murphy

I got a tip off from a friend that the SsanYong Tivoli might just present a couple of surprises for me when I took it on a week’s test drive. Brand snobbery has always been prevalent in the Irish market and it takes time for a brand to shake it off. A few have been successful while others still fight the good fight. Thankfully, there are always some brave buyers out there who take a punt and often come out the right side of a real bargain.

SsangYong may have disappeared for a while from the Irish scene, but now they are back with a complete range of tough, new vehicles. Their latest compact SUV, the Tivoli, is a dandy piece that hurtles into the compact SUV battleground demanding serious attention like a mad two-year-old after too much candy.

Brands like SsangYong are not normally foremost in everyone’s mind, but somewhere in the clatter of these small chunky run-arounds there is a place for the Tivoli; a car that offers a whole lot of good vibes and brings a fair dollop of additives and some class leading features.

Visually it has its deficiencies and while it may not look the real deal, there’s enough car at a decent price that shuffles it into the world of functional motoring. It is not as off-the-wall as other models created by SsangYong in the past, yet it has a buckets of charm that make it stand out from the norm without losing what people want right now.

I have been driving it for the week and although its quirky advertising campaign that says, when spelt backwards, ILOVIT, it may need some time for it to gravitate to that level of admiration. Prices start at €21,495 for the basic ES version. But, the model that I have been driving is the higher specified EL version. At €24,995 it comes with a host of add-ons like, heated leather seats, 18” alloy wheels, parking sensors and rear camera, automatic headlights and rain sensor wipers, dual climate control and a whole lot more.

What I do love is the driving position and the interior that makes a real statement and offers the best seats that I have come across in a car in the class. They are bang on for support and comfort especially in a car that tends to roll a little around the corners and roundabouts.  I also like the steering wheel and the array of controls that it offers. While it is slightly over complicated, once you get the hang of it you will never look back.

Under the hood is their own 1.6-litre diesel engine coupled with a six-speed gearbox gives plenty of power and on-demand torque. You also get stop/start and a sense of height that makes it feel like a bigger SUV than its footprint suggests. Build quality seems to be spot on and while there is a certain robustness about the car, this is what some prefer and you get it in spades here.

Now for the most important part – the running costs. Here’s the biggest surprise of all. When flicking through the paperwork, I read that SsangYong were claiming a combined fuel return of 5.5L/100km. Combined defines the average fuel consumption over a combination of urban and rural driving, normally measured in clinical conditions at the factory.

Generally these parameters are far less rigorous than the testing conditions we get on the open road where weather and bumpy, undulating surfaces provide a sterner test. By the nature of my regular testing over a full week, I have always pushed my test cars beyond normal, day-to-day driving and have generally found that fuel consumptions are higher than the claims of the manufacturers.

Well, for me this is a first. The SsangYong Tivoli registered a lower fuel consumption return than the official, tested figure suggests. It came in at a full half a litre less than the brochure figure, 5.0L/100k. That’s enough to make any buyer sit up and take the hint. At the price, the higher spec model is real value for money. It may lack the prestige of the more traditional brands but, it is a good one!

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Electric vans get into top gear

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Opel Combo-e Cargo

With numbers of electric cars on the increase by the day it is inevitable that electric vans would follow. Already there are a number on our streets and it makes sense that van owners and fleet managers would seriously consider them.

Opel is the latest brand to highlight their newest 100% electric van, the Opel Combo-e light commercial vehicle. Joining its Combo petrol and diesel engine siblings the zero-emission compact van does everything that the others do and has the same space for cargo.

Boasting a range of up to 275km from a single charge, the new Combo-e offers up to 4.4m3 cargo space and 800kg payload and is available in two lengths.

The 4.40m long Combo-e, which has the shorter wheelbase of 2,785mm and can carry objects up to 3,090mm long, offers payloads of up to 800kg and cargo volumes of 3.3 to 3.8m3. It has a towing capacity of 750kg.

The 4.75m extra-long XL-variant has a wheelbase of 2,975mm and a cargo volume of up to 4.4m3 that can accommodate objects up to 3,440mm in length. Six tie rings on the floor (with the option of four more at mid-height) help keep everything in its place.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Tucson regains its market lead

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Hyundai Tucson Hybrid.

Hyundai Ireland is celebrating confirmation that the new Hyundai Tucson has regained its position as Ireland’s best-selling car.

Proving an instant hit since its arrival in December, the company says sales in January show the new Hyundai Tucson with a clear lead ahead of the second placed model.

Diesel remains very popular for buyers of the Tucson at 1,094 units of the total models sold in January but sales of the new Hybrid version is making an impact at 494 units.

“We are delighted to see the Tucson back at number one in the market, key to its success is its striking new design but also the ability of our dealer network to give honest advice to consumers as to the correct engine type for them,” said Stephen Gleeson, managing director at Hyundai Ireland

“Our overall market share performance (2,731 units – 10.84% of the market) is also satisfying given we are still waiting on deliveries of the all-New Santa Fe 7-seat PHEV, as well as supplies of the all new i20.”

Hyundai Ireland can confirm that despite current restrictions, the Hyundai dealer network is providing a full Click & Deliver sales service. For full details on how Click & Deliver works, log on to www.hyundai.ie.

 

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Peugeot a perfect Partner

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The Peugeot e-Partner.

Since its launch in 1996, the Peugeot Partner has been bought by more than two million customers in 100 countries. It has also won numerous awards including the International Van of The Year title in 2019.

It was the best-selling light commercial van in Ireland last year, capturing 6.91% share of the LCV market. Sales of the vehicle in January 2021 increased by 30% compared to January 2020, translating into an LCV market share of 10.63% month to date.

The model will soon be available with 100% electric power called e- Partner. Based on the platform as the regular Partner, the Peugeot e-Partner runs on a 100% electric engine with a maximum power of 100 kW and a maximum torque of 260Nm available from the start for immediate reactivity, without vibration, noise, gear shifting, odour, or CO2 emissions.

The electric drive train (electric motor, inverter and DC/AC charger-converter) is similar to the new Peugeot e-Expert. Much like the latter, the speed reducer has been adapted in order to fulfil the loading constraints inherent to the use of utility vehicles.

There are two body length and both versions (Standard and Long) are available with a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 50 kWh, which provides a range of up to 275 km depending on the version, on driving profile.

Two types of on-board chargers are available to suit all uses and all customer charging solutions, with a 7.4 kW single-phase charger as standard and an optional 11 kW three-phase charger.

The charging socket, located on the left rear fender, means that the vehicle can be charged in from a standard socket, a reinforced socket or with a Wall Box and even on a quick charger.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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