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Ssangyong Tivoli vs Citroen C3 Aircross

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Ssangyong Tivoli
Ssangyong Tivoli

$13,990 - $21,990

2019 price

Citroen C3 Aircross
Citroen C3 Aircross

2021 price


2019 Ssangyong Tivoli
2021 Citroen C3 Aircross
Safety Rating

Engine Type
Diesel Turbo 4, 1.6L

Turbo 3, 1.2L
Fuel Type

Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency
5.5L/100km (combined)

6.6L/100km (combined)

  • Boot could be more useful
  • Divisive rear styling
  • Still some naff interior bits

  • Far too expensive
  • Gloomy interior
  • Lack of storage
2019 Ssangyong Tivoli Summary

Did you know SsangYong translates to ‘Double Dragon’?

How friggin’ cool is that? Far cooler, at least, than the Korean brand’s history, which the word ‘tumultuous’ barely begins to cover.

After years of ownership woes and a near-bankruptcy, the brand came out the other side with enough stability to field a range of new vehicles, courtesy of its ambitious new owners - Indian giant Mahindra & Mahindra.

The Tivoli small SUV is the first car to launch under the new, cashed-up leadership and when it landed in Korea in 2015 it was solely responsible for the ‘Double Dragon’ brand turning its first profit in nine years.

Fast forward a few years, and a re-booted SsangYong is again confident enough to enter the Australian market, with a four-pronged, all-new SUV assault.

So, does the Tivoli have what it takes to break into our highly competitive small-SUV scene and help SsangYong pull a miraculous Korean turn-around, a-la-Hyundai?

I spent a week in the mid-spec Tivoli ELX diesel to find out.

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2021 Citroen C3 Aircross Summary

Citroen's C4 Cactus made quite an impression. A polarising machine, it was the Frenchest French car for ages which translated into almost no local sales but admiration for the bravery of those who signed it off.

It did quite well in its home market though and its designers took note. When the company turned its attention to a smaller SUV based on the C3 hatchback - complete with the baffling Aircross name - the Cactus was an obvious inspiration.

With the Hyundai Venue on the scene - as well as a wealth of larger machines at lower prices - the Citroen C3 Aircross needs to be good to justify a big sticker price.

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