MANILA: The ultimate auto fiesta is currently underway in Manila, which has brought in a number of reasons to smile for the auto enthusiasts. With exhilarating car launches up front followed by numerous exciting events like stunt show by the Guinness World Record holder, Russ Swift, a Classic and Custom Car competition queued up and much more, the show has a taste of everything keeping the fans and visitors glued to the event. So, have you booked your tickets for the same or still waiting for a partner to accompany you? Among the car launches occurred at the first day of the MIAS 2016 include a car from the fleet of Ssangyong, an auto manufacturing company from South Korea, Tivoli, which is all set to lure the Filipinos with its brilliance and splendor. Debuting in the Philippines, this compact crossover is ready to challenge the likes of existing market player, Ford EcoSport, which has already marked its presence in the market and contributed to the company's sales over the years in a significant manner.
Following is the brief comparison between the two players, one is ruling the market while the other has to establish itself. The following comparison might also help you decide where to put your money on, so have a look below.
Both the crossovers have their own charm. Ecosport has a cute and compact appeal while Tivoli comes with a wide look, which is quite aggressive as compared to EcoSport. So, you have a choice of both, cuteness packed EcoSport or the bold Tivoli. More importantly, if crossovers leave a powerful impact on you then these two come pretty handy as far as your choice for the next car is concerned.
First up is the Ford Ecosport whose charming looks are accounted by its sleek and confined front fascia. The front adorns the pair of sleek dual halogen headlamps while the topmost trim gets the option of auto headlamps as well. The hexagonal radiator grille lowers down the front bumper, which is prominent and imparts an individual look to the crossover. The door mounted ORVMs, prominent wheel arches, wrap-around tail lights and a big spare wheel on the tailgate defines the dynamic character of the crossover in style.
On the other side of the court is the Ssangyong Tivoli, which has a wide stance from the word go. Its well-contoured hood, bold headlamps, powerful air dam lower down the bumper and rectangular-shaped fog lamps provide it a feeling of power. The trunk spoiler, roof rails, and uniquely-shaped rear end grants the crossover a dynamic appeal, which is new, refreshing and uncommon.
Talking about the cabin of EcoSport, it is ergonomically designed while the centre console gets a peculiar design that isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. The multi-function display is mounted at centre above the dash, which serves as the basis for controlling Bluetooth, music player and hands-free. Seats come with adequate cushioning of premium leather, which is another important aspect giving it an edge over others in the market.
Flipping the coin is the Ssangyong Tivoli whose cabin is offered with three color options for the customers to choose from, black, beige dual-tone and red dual-tone. The cabin is designed with love keeping in mind all the major aspects including driver, storage, comfort and luxury. The d-shaped sporty steering wheel is the highlight of the cabin, which comes with heat feature and is optimized for optimum grip.
Mingled to a 6-speed automatic or five-speed manual gearbox, EcoSport underpins a 1.5-litre TiVCT inline four-cylinder engine that can churn out a max power of 110 PS and a peak torque of 142 Nm.
Turn around and there is a 1.6-litre gasoline engine that powers the Tivoli and is potent to deliver a max power output of 128 PS and a peak torque of 160 Nm. The power is transferred to the wheels via AISIN six-speed automatic transmission system that’ll certainly take you to a joyride as soon as you hit the pedal.
Ford EcoSport has ruled the market over the past years but now with a new player entering the Philippines, it would certainly be a fight to witness between the two potent crossovers. From the above comparison and our analysis, we tend to incline towards to the new entrant, Tivoli, especially due to its superlative cabin and practical spaces and of course the influential engine beneath the skin.