VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL GRANDLAND X HATCHBACK 1.2 Turbo Business Edition Nav 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2152 g/km

The Grandland X is the third member of Vauxhall's 'X' SUV family, which also includes the Mokka X and the Crossland X. With a sporty design and off-road looks, the Grandland X has elevated seating for five people, generous luggage space, good all-round visibility and a raft of safety technologies. There's plug-in hybrid technology now on offer too.

GRAND DESIGNS

Vauxhall finally has a credible contender in the mid-sized SUV class. But just how competitive can this Grandland X model be? Jonathan Crouch decides.

Ten Second Review

The Grandland X is the third member of Vauxhall's 'X' SUV family, which also includes the Mokka X and the Crossland X. With a sporty design and off-road looks, the Grandland X has elevated seating for five people, generous luggage space, good all-round visibility and a raft of safety technologies. There's plug-in hybrid technology now on offer too.

Background

It's surprising how long it's taken Vauxhall to get itself proper representation in the mid-sized 'Qashqai-class' family SUV segment. Yes, there was the Korean-built Antara model that sold between 2007 and 2016, but that car was crude, expensive to run and not very well built. Buyers almost universally ignored it. Which was a problem for the Griffin brand, at a time when Nissan Qashqais and Peugeot 3008s were flying from the showrooms. What to do? Economics meant that some sort of platform-sharing deal for representation in this sector would be essential, so Vauxhall turned to Peugeot, with whom the brand was starting to consider a merger. Well before that happened, a deal was concluded to see the creation of a small SUV (the Vauxhall Crossland X) created from the underpinnings of a Peugeot 2008. And a mid-sized model (this Grandland X) to be built using the platform and engineering of a MK2 model Peugeot 3008.

Driving Experience

Engine-wise, mainstream Grandland X buyers are offered a PSA-sourced choice of units, either a three cylinder 130PS 1.2-litre petrol powerplant or a 130PS 1.5-litre CDTi diesel. There are manual and automatic transmission options in both cases. Near the top of the range, there's an auto-only 177PS 2.0-litre CDTi range-topping model. All the variants just mentioned are front-driven. If you can afford more, Vauxhall hopes you'll consider the top petrol/electric plug-in 'Hybrid4' variant, which uses a 1.6-litre direction turbo, offers 4WD and delivers a combined output of 300PS. Whatever your choice of engine, don't expect handling to be especially rewarding; if you want that, why on earth are you considering buying an SUV in the first place? Like most of its rivals, Vauxhall has focused instead on ride and refinement and you can expect high class standards to be matched in this regard. On the mainstream front-driven models, the brand offers an optional electronic Grip Control system that ensures traction in diverse driving situations. The driver has a choice of five driving modes: for each one the system adapts the torque distribution to the front wheels, allows wheel-spin if necessary, and, with the automatic transmission, adjusts shift points as well as throttle response. This ensures traction and stable handling regardless of the road surface. The brand continues to deliver on its commitment to lead in lighting technology, equipping the Grandland X with Adaptive Forward Lighting LED headlamps. With these, functions such as cornering light, high beam assist and auto levelling guarantee optimal illumination of the road ahead.

Design and Build

At nearly 4.5m long, nearly 1.9m wide and nearly 1.65m high, the Grandland X is a touch bigger than the mid-sized SUV Qashqai-class norm - and, Vauxhall hopes, a touch more distinctive. As usual, that's a matter of perspective: ours is that the Peugeot 3008 crossover this car is based upon is slightly more eye-catching, but you may think differently. The Grandland is certainly good looking enough to stand its corner on the school run. Above the front skid plate, the bold grille proudly displays the Vauxhall Griffin badge, chrome winglets embracing the brand logo and flowing outwards to the slim, double-wing LED headlamps. Muscular, sculpted wheel arches and protective cladding on the lower body deliver the required dose of 'SUV-ness' and an optional two-tone finish, with the roof in contrasting black, adds an extra touch of personalisation. Inside, the instrument panel and centre console with touchscreen are clearly laid out and horizontally aligned to the driver. There's no sign of the 'love-it-or-hate-it' i-Drive cockpit of this model's Peugeot design stablemate, which sees 3008 buyers viewing the instrument dials over the steering wheel rim. That may be a relief for some. The centre stack has three horizontal rows of controls for fast and intuitive access to infotainment, climate control and chassis functions. 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 (with a load volume from 514-litres to a maximum of 1,652 litres) should offer more than adequate room for luggage.

Market and Model

So, let's get to the pricing, which is mainly pitched in the £24,000 to £35,000 bracket - pretty much what you'd expect these days for a family-sized Qashqai-class compact Crossover with cutting-edge design. There's a choice of five trim levels - 'SE', 'Business Edition Nav', 'SRi Nav', 'Elite Nav' and 'Ultimate Nav'. The most affordable variants use an impressively efficient three cylinder 1.2-litre 130PS turbo petrol unit - and that might be all you really need if your annual mileage is quite low. Most customers though, are likely to want to pay extra for the 1.5-litre CDTi diesel variant, this engine offered with 130PS. Model for model, the diesel is around £1,500 more expensive to buy. Both engines come with the option of automatic transmission. There's also a petrol/electric plug-in Hybrid4 variant available at the top of the range, available with the top four trim levels at prices ranging in the £40,000 to £45,000 bracket. Across the range, the Grandland X offers a selection of ultra-modern assistance and comfort features. Adaptive Cruise Control with pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking, Driver Drowsiness Alert, and Advanced Park Assist are just some highlights. AGR-certified premium ergonomic front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and a smart powered tailgate that opens with a kick, all ensure driver and passenger comfort. Grandland X drivers and passengers can enjoy cutting-edge connectivity with the latest generation of IntelliLink infotainment systems and the personal connectivity and service assistant Vauxhall OnStar, which now includes new services such as hotel booking and parking space search. Smartphones can easily be integrated to the infotainment system and charged wirelessly via inductive charging on handsets with this function.

Cost of Ownership

It used to be that there was quite a big running cost penalty for choosing any sort of Crossover SUV over a conventional Focus-sized family hatch and the reason why was mainly down to weight. Take a Ford Kuga, for example, which weighs a hefty 1.6-tonnes, around 300kgs more than the Focus it's based upon. If, in contrast, you compare this Grandland X with its counterpart, the Astra hatch, the difference is around half that. Match that to cutting-edge engine technology with stop/start efficiency and you'd expect this Grandland X to deliver a near class-leading set of running cost returns - which it pretty much does. The 1.2-litre petrol model manages up to 44.8mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and up to 116g/km of NEDC-rated CO2, while the 1.5-litre CDTi version delivers up to 53.3mpg and up to 111g/km. The 2.0-litre diesel manages 53.3mpg and 128g/km of CO2. The other option is the petrol/electric Hybrid4 variant, which when fully charged, offers a 31 mile WLTP-rated driving range. The battery can be charged fully in just 1hr 45mins using an optional 6.6kW wallbox. The WLTP combined cycle fuel figure is a faintly unbelievable 166mpg and the NEDC CO2 figure of 36g/km will mean low tax bills. You'll also need to know that Vauxhall includes a three-year, 60,000 mile warranty as standard, a package that can be extended up to five years and 100,000 miles at extra cost. A year's free breakdown cover is also provided, along with a six-year anti-corrosion guarantee. Plus you can opt for a service plan that lets you pay monthly to spread the cost of regular work to your car. As part of this, Vauxhall offers discounts on wear and tear items, such as brake pads and windscreen wipers.

Summary

Vauxhall hasn't bought us anything particularly new or innovative here, but it has given itself a fighting chance of getting an important slice of sales in this vitally important fast-growing market segment. The Grandland X is comfortable, good-looking, well-equipped and practical, all attributes that will endear it to likely showroom browsers. Don't expect it to be particularly dynamically rewarding; few SUVs are. You can though, have much higher expectations when it comes to ride and refinement. In short, if you want an SUV in this class, there's no real reason why you shouldn't consider this one. And that, for Vauxhall, is a big step forward.

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

  • Switchable electronic stability programme
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • 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
  • Cruise control with speed limiter and intelligent speed adaption
  • Speed sensitive electric power assisted steering
  • Speed sign recognition

  • Vauxhall connect including Ecall and connected services
  • eCall emergency call system
  • 3.5" colour information display
  • 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
  • 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

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

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

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

  • 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
  • Ergonomic active leather effect front seats pack - Grandland X
  • Sight and light pack - Grandland X
  • Safety pack - Grandland X

  • Deactivation switch for front passenger front and side impact airbags
  • 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
  • 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
  • Black premium leather-effect side bolsters
  • 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

  • 18" multi-spoke silver alloy wheels

  • CO2 (g/km): 112
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 152
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 152
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 152

  • 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: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90.5
  • CC: 1199

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.7

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 14E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • 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
  • Coin Series: Business Edition 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

  • 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): 9.8
  • Top Speed: 122
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 23.5

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

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

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

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1370
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2000
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 53
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 514
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 696
  • Max. Loading Weight: 630
  • 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

  • Toba grey facia and door panel inserts: Included
  • Sanora gold facia and door panel inserts: £0

  • Tri coat premium paint: £870
  • Fixed panoramic glass roof panel with electrically operated sunblind: £695
  • Silver effect roof rails: £150
  • Two coat metallic paint: £600
  • Brilliant paint: Included
  • Two coat premium paint: £710
  • Black roof with door mirrors and dark tinted rear glass: £675

  • 230V accessory socket: £120

  • Tech pack - Grandland X: £1,765
  • Winter pack one - Grandland X: £460

  • 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

  • Keyless entry/start + Power tailgate: £710

  • Ergonomic active leather effect front seats pack - Harlekin cloth - 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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