VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL GRANDLAND HATCHBACK 1.6 Hybrid GS Line 5dr Auto [6.6 kWCh]

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.9s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

Thanks to its association with the French PSA conglomerate, Vauxhall was able to introduce a Plug-in version of its mid-sized Grandland X SUV back in 2019. Now that car, rebadged simply 'Grandland', has been upgraded inside and out, with a Hybrid range based around the more affordable front-driven drivetrain. It remains an undeniably interesting package for a family buyer wanting a degree of EV tech but not quite ready to take the plunge into full-battery motoring.

GRAND DESIGNS

Vauxhall's Grandland Hybrid delivers family-friendly electrification. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Thanks to its association with the French PSA conglomerate, Vauxhall was able to introduce a Plug-in version of its mid-sized Grandland X SUV back in 2019. Now that car, rebadged simply 'Grandland', has been upgraded inside and out, with a Hybrid range based around the more affordable front-driven drivetrain. It remains an undeniably interesting package for a family buyer wanting a degree of EV tech but not quite ready to take the plunge into full-battery motoring.

Background

You might well have overlooked the existence of Vauxhall's Grandland mid-sized SUV, so, just to remind you, this is the Luton brand's version of the design which, with different bodywork but the same engineering is sold by Peugeot as the 3008 and by Citroen as the C5 Aircross. Both those cars feature plug-in hybrid electrified technology so, naturally, this Grandland gets it too - in front-driven 225PS form. Compared to PHEV rivals, it's a value-orientated package that now gains a sharper look and a more modern cabin.

Driving Experience

These days, Vauxhall only offers this Hybrid Grandland model with the lowered-powered 2WD 225PS petrol drivetrain; no one seemed much interested in the 4WD variant with 300PS, so it's been dropped. The engine is a Peugeot-derived 1.6-litre petrol turbo unit mated to a single electric motor with drive via an 8-speed auto gearbox. It's a pretty rapid confection - 60mph from rest takes 8.9s on the way to a top speed of 140mph (it's 84mph in all-electric drive, but getting anywhere near that would decimate the quoted 34 mile driving range capability). The bulk of this particular contender (1,735kgs) is evident in the slightly firmer way it rides across more terrible tarmac tears, an issue the engineers have tried to address with softer suspension settings. Which in turn results in an extra degree of body roll through the bends should you try and chuck this car about in the kind of manner a typical owner never would. You get three main driving modes, with the one you'll be using most of the time being the 'Hybrid' setting that chooses the best mix of electric and petrol propulsion to suit the driving style whilst optimising efficiency. The alternative settings are either 'Sport' (where the car combines the power of the electric and petrol motors to offer livelier performance). And 'Electric' (where the car uses only the battery-powered electric motor, resulting in an ultra-quiet and smooth drive with zero exhaust emissions.

Design and Build

As usual with a plug-in, there's nothing apart from different badging and an extra charging flap to designate this Hybrid variant's PHEV status. As well as losing an 'X' (in its name), this Grandland Hybrid has gained quite a lot in terms of its adoption of the brand's far more interesting 'Vizor' trim detailing on the front of the car. This sees Vauxhall's latest Griffin logo proudly positioned in the centre, flanked by slim LED headlamps and more muscular bumpers. As before, the dimensions (nearly 4.5m of length, nearly 1.9m of width and nearly 1.65m of height) position this Grandland just above smaller mid-sized SUVs Plug-ins (like the Kia Niro PHEV and the Renault Captur E-TECH Plug-in) and just below larger mid-sized models (like the Ford Kuga PHEV and the Volkswagen Tiguan e-Hybrid). Avoid entry-trim. You get a contrast-coloured roof too. Inside, changes have been made with the adoption of Vauxhall's latest Pure Panel cockpit with two widescreen displays for more of a digital experience. Ahead of the driver is a display up to 12-inches in size, offering up essential information, while the central 10-inch display controls all infotainment via a touchscreen. As before, driver and passengers benefit from the elevated seating position typical of an SUV, which ensures good visibility in all situations. And this model's relatively long wheelbase provides decent space for up to five people. While the luggage compartment is rated at 390-litres, as before 124-litres less than you'd get with a conventionally-powered model. It's 1,528-litres with the rear bench folded.

Market and Model

There's quite a premium to pay if you want plug-in hybrid capability for your Grandland. Prices start from around £34,000 with base 'GS Line' trim - or around £37,500 with plusher 'Ultimate'-spec. And that's where the range stops because there's no longer a higher-powered 4WD version available. If you're comparing against an equivalent petrol or diesel Grandland model of the conventional sort, you'll find that this Hybrid derivative attracts a premium of around £3,000 over a diesel and about £4,000 over a petrol auto. You're going to need to budget £500 (inc. VAT) more for the optional 6.6kW on-board charger because it halves the battery replenishment time when charging with a 7kW wallbox. The sporty 'GS Line' package features a black roof, door mirrors and wheel arches combined with 18-inch Gloss Black alloy wheels, dark tinted rear windows and alloy-effect skid plates. It also features LED headlights, tail lights and daytime running lights. Inside, there's Vauxhall's Pure Panel cockpit with twin screens including a 10-inch colour touchscreen and a 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Along with a Multimedia Navi Pro satellite navigation system and an AGR-approved driver's active sports-style seat for added comfort. Top 'Ultimate' trim adds 19-inch multi-spoke 'Ironman' alloy wheels, IntelliLux LED Pixel HeadLights and body-colour for the front bumper, rear bumper, wheel arches, door claddings and skid plates. Inside, there's Alcantara upholstery with heated front seats and steering wheel. Safety technology includes Side Blind Spot assist, Highway Integration Assist and Lane Positioning Assist.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the figures. We've covered the 34 mile WLTP-rated all-electric driving range; it's actually more like around 25 miles in real-world use. And we also ought to apply real-world thinking to projections of likely fuel economy because the fantasy-land official combined WLTP figure (up to 192mpg) clearly isn't likely to be replicated by the average owner. As a feather-foot, we suppose 80-90mpg might theoretically be possible but your realistic average is going to be much less than that - and certainly less than you'd get from the equivalent diesel model. Rely on the petrol engine alone and you'd struggle to average 35mpg. The WLTP CO2 return (29g/km for 'SRi' trim or 31g/km for 'Elite'-spec with its larger wheels) will mean attractively low BiK figures based around a 20% rating. The insurance group is 24E. Charging the 13.2kWh battery takes three hours with a standard Mode 3 cable - or 1 hour 45 minutes if the optional on-board charger has been fitted (which really ought to be standard). You'll need 8 hours to charge from a domestic socket. The battery is covered (up to 70% capacity) by its own 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty. The car itself gets the usual unremarkable three year / 60,000 mile Vauxhall cover.

Summary

We can see the attraction of the plug-in hybrid SUV, we really can. But with all of the models of this sort currently available, you have to be prepared to pay a big premium for the extra tech. And accept practicality compromises in return. In this regard, the Grandland Hybrid is no different from its market rivals. Or from the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid and Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid models that share its engineering. As with those French cousins, with upper-spec 4WD versions of this car, the primary issue lies in pricing that isn't too far off what you'd pay for a plug-in SUV of this kind with a premium badge - and that's a hard problem for a volume-branded product to overcome. But shop for a model with the kind of attractive finance deal your Vauxhall dealer will probably be able to offer and the picture might look very different. Then, it'll be simply a question of making sure you regularly plug the thing in. If you can work all of that out and you cover only short distance family mileage, then visits to petrol stations might become pleasingly irregular. And a fresh dimension in family mobility could open up to you.

  • Side window demist vents
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Tinted windows
  • Collapsible windscreen wipers
  • Windscreen demist vents
  • Heated rear screen with timed cut off
  • Dark tinted Rear side and tailgate windows
  • Intermittent rear window wash/wipe
  • Electrically operated front and rear windows with safety auto reverse and one touch up/down facility
  • Soundproof insulated windscreen

  • Electronic stability program (ESP) including traction control
  • Automatic emergency braking system
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • CSC - Cornering stability control
  • Engine drag torque control
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill start assist
  • HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)

  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keep assist
  • Speed sign recognition
  • Speed sensitive electric power assisted steering
  • Highway integration assist (Lane positioning assistant and Adaptive cruise control)
  • 180 degree rear view camera

  • Digital fuel gauge with low fuel level warning light
  • Digital rev counter
  • Vauxhall connect including Ecall and connected services
  • 12" colour digital cluster
  • Multimedia navi pro with 10" colour touch+ sat nav+AM/FM/DAB radio, bluetooth audio streaming/mobile phone portal, Apple carplay/Android auto, USB
  • EV information display with powerflow, charge, e-save and statistics
  • Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
  • Lights on audible warning
  • Gearshift up/down indication light
  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
  • Digital water temperature gauge with warning light
  • Driver information - Total mileage, service indicator, oil life
  • Digital speedometer

  • Black door mirrors
  • Door mirrors with auto dipping function in reverse gear
  • Electrically adjustable and heated power door mirrors (wide-angle on driver’s side) with automatic timed cut-off
  • Frameless auto dimming anti dazzle rear view mirror with LED spotlight

  • Dax decor facia panel with palladium medium finish
  • Black door panels with black premium leather effect inserts

  • Six speaker - four front + two rear
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/phone/cruise controls

  • Upper and lower bumper design
  • Shark fin aerial
  • Vauxhall plate door sill cover
  • Vizor front grille
  • High gloss black protective front and rear skid plates with C shape bumper inserts
  • Carbon black door claddings
  • Rear side wing doors
  • GRANDLAND Carline name badge in - High gloss black
  • PHEV badges on side doors
  • Vauxhall brand griffin badge in front and rear in high gloss black
  • Body colour door handles
  • Side protection mouldings
  • Rear spoiler
  • High gloss black roof rails
  • Black side window trim
  • Front/rear bumper and wheel arches in carbon black exterior color

  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights
  • LED Headlights
  • High beam assist
  • Hazard warning lights
  • Manual headlight beam levelling
  • Reversing light
  • Welcome lighting
  • Automatic lighting control
  • Door to door illumination
  • 3rd brake light
  • Door mirror puddle light
  • High level centre rear brake light

  • Rear passenger compartment heating ducts
  • Automatic air direction and fan speed with manual override
  • Advanced predictive logic control system using a sun sensor
  • Illuminated controls
  • Electrical thermical preconditioner
  • Dual zone electronic climate control
  • Charcoal filter
  • Four adjustable facia vents

  • 12V electrical accessory socket in front
  • Driver's centre armrest
  • Alloy sports pedals
  • Two drinks holders in centre console
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Chrome effect interior door handles
  • Cosmo 1 Harlekin curitiba seats
  • Grey headliner
  • Ventilated glovebox with lid
  • 3 spoke flat bottom leather steering wheel with satin chrome effect bezel
  • Covered storage compartment in centre console and in driver armrest
  • Rear door pockets with 1.8 litre capacity
  • Front door pockets with 2.6 litre capacity

  • Ambient centre console downlighter
  • Illuminated luggage area + Ambient lighting in front doors
  • Interior courtesy light operated by door switches
  • Rear reading lights

  • Energy absorbing steering column
  • Reinforced passenger safety cell
  • Deformation zones front and rear
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 6 Airbags - Driver and passengers front airbag, two front side impact airbag, full size curtain airbags for driver
  • Deactivation switch for front passenger front and side impact airbags
  • Forward collision alert
  • Driver drowsiness alert system
  • Deflation detection system
  • Side impact protection beam
  • Smart seatbelt reminder for front and rear seats
  • Load limiters on outer rear seatbelt retractors
  • Child proof locks on rear doors
  • Dual seatbelt pretensioners on front seats
  • Inertia reel lap and diagonal seatbelts for all seats
  • Rear restraint seat belt pretensioner

  • Passengers ergonomic active seat
  • Front passenger seat cushion extension
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat with centre rear seat armrest and load though facility
  • Rear centre seat head restraint
  • 4 way passenger electric lumbar support
  • 4 way electric driver lumbar support
  • Driver ergonomic active front seat
  • Front passenger sport style seat
  • Front passenger seat
  • 4 way manual adjustable driver seats with hieght, reach and backrest
  • 3 bench rear seats in 2nd row
  • Height adjustable headrests
  • Black premium leather-effect side bolsters
  • Anti submarining ramps in front seats
  • ISOFIX on front passenger and rear outer seats

  • Deadlocking system
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Visible vehicle identification number
  • Freewheeling door locks
  • Key left in ignition audible warning
  • Remote security alarm system
  • Keyless entry
  • Theft deterent electrical
  • Theft deterent body security content and electircal child lock system
  • Single horn
  • 2 PEPS key - Front/rear/trunk
  • One rigid one flap-key coloured
  • Self powered alarm horn
  • Remote control central locking activation switch on driver door
  • Electronically protected audio equipment
  • Engine deadlock immobiliser

  • Illuminated driver/passenger sunvisors

  • Type 2 mode 3 charging cable
  • 6.6kw charger

  • 18" 5 twin spoke high gloss black alloy wheels

  • Tyre inflation kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 345
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 210
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 3.6
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): 105
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: 7
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 13.2
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 16.1
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - TEL: 56
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - TEH: 54
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High: 63
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - TEL: 72
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - TEH: 70
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 62
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEL: 62
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEH: 61
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - TEH: 33.6
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - TEL: 34.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - TEH: 43.5
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - TEL: 44.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 38.5
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEH: 37.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEL: 38.5
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High: 39
  • Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty: 70
  • Charging Port Location: Left Side Rear

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 31
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 31
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 32

  • CC: 1598
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb: 18.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb: 15.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 1.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 1.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 1.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 192
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEL: 192
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEH: 192

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Coin Series: GS Line [6.6 kWCh]
  • Coin Description: Hybrid
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 24E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 225
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Power - BHP: 225
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.9
  • Top Speed: 140
  • Engine Power - KW: 165
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 266
  • Engine Torque - NM: 360
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3000
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 36.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Wheel Style: 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Wheelbase: 2675
  • Length: 4477
  • Width: 1906
  • Width (including mirrors): 2098
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1609

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 390
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1735
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1528
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 43
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1250
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 600

  • Metallic paint: £600
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Black roof: Included
  • Body colour roof: £0
  • Premium metallic paint: £700

  • Rear restraining net: £35

  • Metallic - Quartz grey: £600
  • Metallic - Carbon black: £600

  • Solid - Arctic white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Dark ruby red: £700
  • Premium metallic - Cobalt blue: £700

  • Cosmo 1 Harlekin curitiba - Jetblack: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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