The lengthened XLV bodystyle is based solely on the plusher 'Ultimate' level of trim and front wheel drive, but you do now get a choice of either 1.6-litre petrol or 1.6-litre diesel power, both units available with optional auto transmission (which costs £1,000 more). You'll pay a £750 premium for the XLV's extra space over what you'd have to find over an equivalently specified Tivoli variant. XLV pricing starts at just under £20,000 and runs up to £22,245. There's a £1,000 premium if you want automatic transmission.
All Tivoli XLV models feature digital-dual zone automatic air conditioning, an infotainment system with RDS radio, a 7" high-resolution touch screen, USB/AUX ports, iPod & Bluetooth connectivity, Tom-Tom navigation and a rear view camera. Plus there's cruise control, parking sensors front and rear, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlight activation and roof rails.
On to safety - another area in which this Tivoli is more than class-competitive. True, there are none of the really fancy electronic features that pricier models in this segment are starting to offer, but there's a tough structure, over 70% of which is made from high-strength steel. And bolted into it is everything you really need, fitted as standard on all models. So you get twin front, side and curtain airbags, plus a driver's knee 'bag, ISOFIX childseat fastenings and a Tyre pressure monitoring system. There's also Hill Start Assist, 'ESP' stability control, 'ARP' Active Roll-Over Protection and 4-channel anti-lock brakes with 'HBA' Hydraulic Brake Assist to aid in emergency stops advertised to following motorists by automatically-activating hazard warning flashers.