Buyers who want the added space offered by the XLV get a single engine choice – a 1.6-litre diesel which produces just 113bhp, but a healthy slug of mid-range torque that means you can make relatively brisk progress, without the constant need to change gear. It also means the Tivoli won't feel overwhelmed when it's fully loaded, but that's where the positives stop.
As soon as you try and work it hard, when towing, or driving up a steep incline, the engine becomes very noisy and strained, so the XLV is a car you have to drive in a relaxed and steady manner if you value your peace and quiet.
There are two gearboxes, both with six forward gears, one manual, and one automatic. The manual is relatively easy to use, but the clutch is abrupt, and the shift action is quite stiff, so it can be tricky to drive smoothly. The auto is even easier to drive, although it can be slow to respond if you need a sudden burst of acceleration. As you'll see below, you'll pay quite a large penalty in running costs. Several rivals are more refined on the move, and feel quicker off the mark too.