VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL GRANDLAND X HATCHBACK 1.2 Turbo Elite Nav 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2147 g/km

Vauxhall needed competitive representation in the growing SUV C-segment and this Grandland X provides it. The drive dynamics of this 1.2-litre petrol turbo version aren't particularly involving but it's one of the most spacious and efficient contenders in the Qashqai class and sets itself apart from rivals with a clever OnStar media connectivity and concierge system. This car won't be a magazine favourite but the truth is that a lot of boxes are ticked here.

JUST GRAND

Vauxhall's family SUV, the Grandland X, will be most popular in 1.2-litre petrol turbo guise. Jonathan Crouch tries it.

Ten Second Review

Vauxhall needed competitive representation in the growing SUV C-segment and this Grandland X provides it. The drive dynamics of this 1.2-litre petrol turbo version aren't particularly involving but it's one of the most spacious and efficient contenders in the Qashqai class and sets itself apart from rivals with a clever OnStar media connectivity and concierge system. This car won't be a magazine favourite but the truth is that a lot of boxes are ticked here.

Background

Yes, it's another family-friendly SUV and yes, this time, it's a Vauxhall, this Grandland X the largest model of this kind in the Griffin brand's newly rejuvenated crossover range. It shares all its engineering with its group cousin and close rival, Peugeot's 3008 and since that model was crowned the 'European Car of the Year' at its introduction, the prospects here seem encouraging. Products like this will be key for a manufacturer that's gradually having to re-invent itself. Of course, to realise its production objectives, this car must attract conquest sales from other more established brands in this sector, so it needs something to help it stand out. Hence the standard fitment across the range of Vauxhall's clever and still rather unique 'OnStar' personal connectivity and service assistant set-up. Add to this to the more familiar attributes of models in this segment also offered here - things like visual personalisation, efficient engines and, in this case, a neat 'IntelliGrip' system to enhance traction on slippery surfaces - and the Grandland X proposition seems, as we've suggested, to be potentially promising. Let's try this car in its volume 1.2-litre petrol turbo form.

Driving Experience

We'd anticipate that your expectations of a car of this kind when it comes to drive dynamics will probably be pretty modest. You'll want quite a commanding driving position, a comfortable ride, reasonable refinement, decently responsive engines and, well, that's likely to be about it. If you're after a C-segment SUV that you can throw around a bit, then this one certainly won't suit. Take a more typically relaxed approach though and everything becomes much more satisfactory. It soaks up bumps and tarmac tears that would trouble many rivals. Plus it's relatively quiet and easy to manoeuvre, particularly around town where the light steering that hampers you at speed becomes a boon. That slightly raised driving position is delivered - but not to the point where acclimatisation would be required if you were moving into a model like this from something more conventional. Under the skin, this Vauxhall shares almost everything with its two PSA Group cousins, Peugeot's 3008 and Citroen's C5 Aircross. That includes its 'EMP2' platform and a range of engines that see mainstream buyers choosing between the 130bhp 1.2-litre three cylinder turbo petrol unit we're trying here or a frugal 120bhp 1.6-litre four cylinder diesel. This petrol powerplant makes 62mph from rest in 11.1s en route to 117mph and both engines come with the option of a 6-speed automatic if you don't like the not especially sweet-shifting 6-speed manual gearbox provided as standard. There's no 4WD option, but you can pay extra for an 'IntelliGrip' system that'll give you a choice of modes that'll improve front wheel traction on slippery surfaces.

Design and Build

It's a compliment to Vauxhall that from an aesthetic point of view, this Grandland X very much has its own identity. You certainly wouldn't initially know this car to be as closely related to its Peugeot 3008 donor design as it actually is, British styling chief Mark Adams and his team having worked hard at developing the elegant, carefully crafted SUV brand character already established in the company's smaller Crossland X and Mokka X models. We approve of the fact that this is one of the larger contenders in the SUV C-segment too, so unlike some rivals, it can offer versatile practicality that's a genuine improvement over that of the family hatchback it's based upon. And inside? Well if you were to switch to a Grandland X from, say, a comparably-priced upper-spec Astra family hatch, there'd be hardly any acclimatisation required, though you would probably note the slightly raised driving position that Crossover buyers like so much. The centrepiece of the smartly styled dash is the beautifully-integrated Intellilink infotainment screen which incorporates the usual DAB stereo, Bluetooth 'phone and informational functions. Include the optional satellite navigation system and the screen size increases from 7 to 8-inches and you'll be better set up to use this car's other key technical innovation, the OnStar 'personal connectivity and service assistant'. This includes a vehicle tracking system in case of theft, creates in your Grandland X an in-car wi-fi hotspot and will allow you to monitor key vehicle information via a downloadable 'MyVauxhall' smartphone app. As for practicalities, rear seat room is reasonable and there's a spacious 514-litre boot.

Market and Model

Grandland X pricing sits primarily in the £23,000 to £30,000 bracket, with this 1.2-litre 130bhp petrol fitted to more affordable model. Automatic transmission is a £1,500 option. Standard is the 'OnStar' personal connectivity and service assistant system but that's just part of a very complete specification that comes with most versions of this Vauxhall. As is often the case with the brand, there's a confusing trim structure hierarchy that sees the base trim option - 'SE' - being priced fractionally above the much better-equipped next level up - 'Tech Line Nav'. Which means that unless you get offered a really good deal on an 'SE'-spec Grandland X (which is very possible), 'Tech Line Nav' is the trim option to choose at the foot of the range. Top spec 'Elite' trim gets you leather upholstery. All models get alloy wheels of at least 17-inches in size, front foglamps, LED daytime running lamps', powered heated mirrors, rear parking sensors and auto headlamps and wipers. Inside, across the line-up, expect to find features like dual zone climate control, a leather-covered multi-function steering wheel, a trip computer, an anti-dazzle rear view mirror, a useful 230V power outlet behind the front seats and cruise control with a speed limiter. Plus there's an 'Intellilink' infotainment set-up incorporating a DAB tuner, Bluetooth audio streaming and a 'Smartphone projection' package allowing you to access music and apps from your handheld device via 'Apple CarPlay' or 'Android Auto' systems.

Cost of Ownership

Let's cut straight to it: Vauxhall has never sold any sort of mid-sized SUV able to offer an across-the-board class-competitive set of running costs. Look at the models of this sort that the company's produced in the modern era; the Frontera, the Antara and, latterly, the Mokka. All have lagged way behind the segment standard when it came to fuel and CO2 returns, at least in terms of petrol power anyway. The green pump issue is significant because unless you can afford around £24,000 or more for a Grandland X with a diesel engine, you'll have to have one with petrol power. The unit in question is the PSA Group 130bhp 1.2-litre three cylinder turbo we've been testing here, a powerplant that's actually one of the standard-setters when it comes to engines of this kind in this segment. Sounds promising: let's get to the figures. This petrol-fuelled Grandland X 1.2 Turbo variant, the one most customers will buy, delivers 55.4mpg on the combined cycle and 117g/km of CO2 in manual form with 17 or 18-inch wheels, returns that are, as promised, genuinely difficult to beat in this sector. Something directly comparable like a rival Ford Kuga 1.5T looks almost recklessly extravagant by comparison, delivering 45.6mpg and 143g/km. Go for the automatic gearbox option with this Grandland X model and the figures are very little affected, falling only to 54.3mpg and 120g/km.

Summary

And in summary? Well this isn't any kind of class leader, but it's a product that's been carefully thought through, bringing together virtually all the things that family buyers prioritise in this segment in a well-judged and relatively affordable package. We also think the development team have done well to give this product a look and feel that's so distinct from that of its French cousins. Going forward, achieving that level of distinction will be vital if there's to be a compelling case for the long term survival of the Vauxhall brand. So yes, this is a useful first step towards a very different kind of future for the Griffin maker. It'll be interesting to see what happens next.

  • Side window demist vents
  • Collapsible windscreen wipers
  • Two speed windscreen wipers with variable intermittent wipe
  • Windscreen demist vents
  • Automatic windscreen wipers
  • Sound absorbing windscreen
  • Intermittent rear window wash/wipe
  • Electrically operated front and rear windows with safety auto reverse and one touch up/down facility with heated rear window

  • Switchable electronic stability programme
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Engine drag torque control
  • CSC - Cornering stability control
  • Traction control
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill start assist
  • HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)

  • Fully carpeted luggage area

  • Voice control system

  • Lane departure warning system
  • Front camera system
  • Cruise control with speed limiter and intelligent speed adaption
  • Speed sensitive electric power assisted steering
  • Speed sign recognition

  • eCall emergency call system
  • 3.5" colour information display
  • Vauxhall connect including Ecall and connected services
  • Fuel gauge with low fuel level warning light
  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
  • Digital water temperature gauge with warning light
  • Gearshft up/down indication light
  • Side blind spot alert
  • Nav 5.0 sat nav system + 8" colour touchscreen+DAB radio+RDS traffic programme+European mapping+USB+bluetooth+bluetooth audio streaming+Apple CarPlay
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Audible lights on warning
  • Rev counter
  • Service interval indicator
  • Speedometer

  • Interior mirror with automatic anti dazzle
  • Twin electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Electrically foldable door mirrors with puddle lights

  • Black door panels with black premium leather effect inserts
  • Toba grey facia and door panel inserts

  • iPod connection
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Six speaker - four front + two rear

  • Chrome effect bar on front grille
  • Body colour door handles
  • Side protection mouldings
  • Rear spoiler
  • Chrome side window trim
  • Alloy effect front and rear skid plates
  • Gloss black finish B pillar

  • Rear fog lights
  • Door to door illumination
  • Automatic lighting control
  • LED tail lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Front fog lights
  • Reversing lights
  • High level centre rear brake light
  • Hazard warning lights
  • LED headlights with manual beam levelling

  • Electronic dual zone climate control with air conditioning + advanced predictive logic control using sensor + Charcoal filter + illuminated controls
  • Rear passenger compartment heating ducts
  • Heated rear windscreen with timed cut-off
  • Four adjustable facia vents

  • 12V electrical accessory socket in front
  • Driver's centre armrest
  • Alloy effect door sill covers
  • 3 spoke leather covered steering wheel with satin chrome bezel
  • Chrome effect interior door handles
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Covered storage compartment in centre console and in driver armrest
  • Ventilated glove box with lid
  • Two drinks holder in centre console
  • Rear door pockets with 1.8 litre capacity
  • Front door pockets with 2.6 litre capacity
  • Front and rear passenger assist handles
  • 12V electrical accessory socket in luggage compartment
  • Siena black leather side bolsters

  • Ambient centre console downlighter
  • Ambient lighting in front doors
  • Rear reading lights
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Interior courtesy light operated by all doors
  • Welcome lighting
  • Ambient interior lighting

  • Versatility pack - Grandland X
  • Sight and light pack - Grandland X
  • Safety pack - Grandland X
  • Ergonomic active leather front seats and power drivers seat pack - Grandland X
  • Winter pack one - Grandland X

  • Child proof locks on rear doors
  • Full size curtain airbags for driver, front passenger and outer rear passenger seats
  • Dual seatbelt pretensioners on front seats
  • Inertia reel lap and diagonal seatbelts for all seats
  • Deactivation switch for front passenger front and side impact airbags
  • Load limiters on outer sear seatbelt retractors
  • Active pedestrian safety system
  • Deflation detection system
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Outer rear seatbelt pretensioners
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Energy absorbing steering column
  • Reinforced passenger safety cell
  • Deformation zones front and rear
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Side impact protection beams

  • Centre rear head restraint
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Isofix attachment on front seat
  • Anti submarining front seats
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Height adjustable and removable front/rear head restraints

  • Engine deadlock and immobiliser
  • Electronically protected audio equipment
  • 2 remote folding keys
  • Remote control central locking
  • Remote security alarm system
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Visible vehicle identification number

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 19" Multi spoke silver finish alloy wheels

  • Noise Level dB(A): 74
  • CO: 0.2064
  • HC: 0.0375
  • NOx: 0.0387
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 115
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 147

  • Engine Code: EB2DTS
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90.5
  • CC: 1199

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 46.3
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 57.7
  • EC Combined (mpg): 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 44.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.4

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Elite Nav
  • Coin Description: Turbo
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 16000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 112000
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 120
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 84
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 63
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 60
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 130
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 14E

  • Engine Power - KW: 96
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 170
  • Engine Torque - NM: 230
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 130
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.5
  • Top Speed: 117
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 23.5

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

  • Tyre Size Front: 235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: 5 TWIN SPOKE DIAMOND CUT
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 2098
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1609
  • Length: 4477
  • Width: 1856
  • Wheelbase: 2675

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1350
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1900
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 53
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 514
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1400
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 685
  • Max. Loading Weight: 550
  • Max. Roof Load: 85
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1652
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.5

  • Tinted windows: Included
  • Dark tinted rear windows: £275

  • Front and rear parking distance sensors: Included

  • Wireless charger for mobile devices: £180

  • Body colour door mirrors: Included

  • Tri coat premium paint: £870
  • Fixed panoramic glass roof panel with electrically operated sunblind: Included
  • Two coat metallic paint: £600
  • Brilliant paint: Included
  • Two coat premium paint: £710
  • Delete fixed panoramic glass roof panel with electrically operated sunblind - mandates Silver-effect roof rails: £-200
  • Black roof with door mirrors and dark tinted rear glass: £675

  • 230V accessory socket: £120

  • Tech pack - Grandland X: £1,765

  • Two coat metallic - Diamond black: £600
  • Two coat metallic - Moonstone grey: £600
  • Two coat metallic - Quartz grey: £600

  • Brilliant paint - White Jade: £0
  • Tri coat premium paint - Pearl White: £870
  • Two coat premium paint - Dark Ruby red: £710
  • Two coat premium paint - Topaz Blue: £710

  • Ergonomic active leather front seats and power drivers seat pack - Siena perforated leather - Black: £0

  • 18" steel emergency spare wheel: £110
  • Tyre inflation kit: Included

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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