MANILA: MIAS 2016 is over and this event once again confirmed that Philippines automotive market is all about crossovers and SUVs. The huge number of footfalls recorded at the stall of brands which showcased drives in these segments confirms this fact and encourage the brands to bring more and more crossovers and SUVs in the market. If we just talk about the Manila International Auto Show 2016, Chevy and SsangYong are the brands which received the highest number of queries for their compact SUVs and satisfactory booking numbers. Both of the brands have a good hold over the Philippines automotive market and strive step ahead each other. Well, can't say which brand would take over the other one but surely the competition faced by SsangYong Tivoli and Chevrolet Trax is something worth witnessing.
Let's have a look at what make these labels so desirable in the Filipino market and which one is a better choice than the other -
Though SsangYong Tivoli 2015 is not the most stylish car in its segment, but with angular headlamps and a sleek upper grille, it gives an impression of a decent looking compact SUV on the road. The pronounced fenders with 16-inch alloy make it look pretty good while creating a stance on the road and allowing it to do off-roading. The Chevrolet Trax 2015 definitely looks more stylish in this segment snatching the brownie points from SsangYong SUV. The front dual-port grille with chrome garnishing along with the bowtie badge makes it appear stylish and appealing. Not to ignore the eye-catching wheel flares which have 16-inch aluminum alloys for a carefree drive every time.
Well, this is one segment where 2015 SsangYong Tivoli surely gives a tough task to Chevy Trax 2015. Tivoli comes with a dual-color interior trim with multiple color choice and is well equipped with numerous features at the dash. The intelligently designed dashboard of this SsangYong drive has D-Shaped sports steering with premium leather and heating facility and cluster full-off function to help the driver during night driving. The soft material at dash and seats, soft pad armrest, LED room lamp, front door mood lamp, multi-purpose center console box and door map pocket are some of the other features which make this cabin a really impressive and comfortable one. On the other hand, Chevy has also packed its cabin with some great aspects to ensure absolute comfort and convenience. Apart from having a bigger cabin than Tivoli, Trax has premium upholstery, advanced technology like Siri Eyes free voice-controlled digital connectivity and Chevrolet MyLink.
You can easily guess which engine is better in power and performance. Surely, 2015 Chevy Trax wins the race with its turbocharged intercooled engine while delivering power. But if you are someone who is much considerate about the mileage, then you should check the specs and figures of Tivoli. The 1.6-litre engine of SsangYong SUV delivers a combined mileage of 15.5 kmpl in comparison to the 1.4-litre turbo engine of Trax which may make you halt at every gas station with an average of 10.52 kmpl. The fuel tank capacity of Tivoli is 47-litre and Trax has a slightly bigger tank with 53-litre of maximum capacity.
When it comes to safety, neither SsangYong nor Chevy can take any risk and so both of the automakers have packed their respective drives with some advanced safety and security features which make them absolutely safe even on off-road terrains. 2015 Tivoli has 7 airbags in total including front dual, curtain, driver's knee and side airbags for complete protection against any impact due to hit or collision. The seat belts have dual pre-tensioners to hold the occupants' from chest and pelvis to prevent any serious injuries. Also, Electronic Stability program (ESP) and Tire pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) are offered in this SsangYong compact SUV. Coming to the Chevy SUV, it has 6 airbags, collapsible steering column, park assist sensor and Hill Descent control. Also, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and StabiliTrak Traction Control features for complete control over the vehicle are also given.
Ssangyong Tivoli 2015 and 2015 Chevrolet Trax both drives take over each other in some or other features. Whether it's safety or performance, both drives have minor differences but when it comes to narrow down your choice while purchasing one of them. One more factor, which is definitely an important one, is the price factor. Where Tivoli is available at PhP 785,000, Trax carries a price tag worth PhP 998,888 (Both of the base trims) and that surely can help you in finalizing the drive.