VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL GRANDLAND X HATCHBACK 1.6 Hybrid4 300 Business Ed Nav Premium 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5.9s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

The benefits of Vauxhall's takeover by the French PSA conglomerate back in 2017 keep coming. As part of that Gallic group, the Griffin brand gets access to a slice of the industry's most sophisticated electrified engineering tech, part of which features on the mid-sized Grandland X Hybrid SUV plug-in model we're going to look at here. There's a price to pay for the convenience of this but it's 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 X Hybrid delivers family-friendly electrification - at a price. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The benefits of Vauxhall's takeover by the French PSA conglomerate back in 2017 keep coming. As part of that Gallic group, the Griffin brand gets access to a slice of the industry's most sophisticated electrified engineering tech, part of which features on the mid-sized Grandland X Hybrid SUV plug-in model we're going to look at here. There's a price to pay for the convenience of this but it's 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 X 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 have lately gained plug-in hybrid electrified technology so, naturally, the Grandland X gets it too. And with that, a belated chance to make a little more impact on customer consciousness amongst the crossover crowd.

Driving Experience

There are a couple of Grandland X Hybrid models on offer and both use a Peugeot-derived 1.6-litre petrol turbo engine mated to an 8-speed auto gearbox. This powerplant features in 225hp form in the front-driven Grandland X Hybrid. Or in 300hp guise in the AWD Grandland X Hybrid4, the latter variant featuring two electric motors (a 108bhp unit on the front axle and a 111bhp motor on the rear axle - hence the nominal AWD capability). In both cases, the way that petrol progress is seamlessly integrated with electrified power is very impressive - and the whole package feels as quick as those output figures might suggest (rest to 62mph in the Hybrid4 takes just 5.9s en route to a 146mph maximum - or an 84mph all-electric maximum). That kind of rapidity isn't always a given with plug-ins of this sort, thanks to their not insubstantial weight. The bulk of this particular contender (around 1.8-tonnes) 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 four 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 'All-Wheel Drive'. There's also 'Electric' (where the car uses only the battery-powered electric motor, resulting in an ultra-quiet and smooth drive with zero exhaust emissions, offering a WLTP range of up to 35 miles).

Design and Build

There's very little to visually give away the fact that this variant is a hybrid. So, as with other Grandland X models, this one is nearly 4.5m long, nearly 1.9m wide and nearly 1.65m high, which makes it a touch bigger than the mid-sized SUV Qashqai-class norm - and, Vauxhall hopes, a touch more distinctive. 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 an 8-inch centre-dash infotainment system. Essential hybrid-specific information can be easily accessed via the 'EV' button, or via the indicator stalks for the on-board computer. The rear seats lack the extra versatility you'll find in a comparable Citroen C5 Aircross and only fold 60:40. Which brings us to the boot, which isn't especially big, not helped by the higher floor necessary to make room for the plug-in system's bulky battery. Luggage capacity is rated at 390-litres (that's 124-litres down on a conventional Grandland X); and with the rear bench folded, there's 1,528-litres of space (134-litres down).

Market and Model

There's quite a premium to pay if you want plug-in hybrid capability for your Grandland X. If you're happy to stick with the front-driven Grandland X Hybrid, there's a choice of 'Business Edition Nav', 'SE Nav' and 'SRi Nav' trim levels, with prices that from launch started at just over £32,000. To give you some price perspective, a top Grandland X Hybrid SRi Nav model at £38,500 costs over £7,000 more than a directly comparable 1.5-litre Turbo D 130PS automatic diesel variant with equivalent 'SRi Nav' trim. You'll need more of course for the AWD Grandland X Hybrid4. The range here is spread across 'Business Edition Nav Premium', 'SRi Nav', 'Elite Nav' and 'Ultimate Nav' variants, with pricing starting up at around £37,000 and rising to around £47,000. Still, at last you get a lot of kit for your cash. All Grandland X Hybrid and Hybrid4 variants get LED headlights, roof rails, front fog lamps, alloy wheels of at least 18-inches in size, keyless entry, high beam assist and cruise control. Inside, standard across the range is an 8-inch Intellilink infotainment screen with voice control and smartphone projection. Plus dual-zone climate control, a wireless charging mat and a powered tailgate.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the figures. We've covered the 35 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 204mpg for the Hybrid4) 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. Interestingly, the WLTP CO2 return for the 300hp Hybrid4 variant (29g/km) is better than that of the front-driven 225PS Hybrid model (31g/km). That'll mean attractively low BiK figures. Insurance groups vary between 23E and 24E for front-driven model and between 29E and 32E for the Hybrid4 variant. Bear in mind that you'll need to find £500 extra to upgrade your Grandland X Hybrid to a model incorporating a 7.4kWh fast charger that would be capable of accepting charge from anything faster than a domestic three-pin socket. This halves charging time when charging with a typical garage 7kW wallbox. And it really ought to be standard. Charging the 13.2kWh battery takes 3.5 hours with a standard mode 3 cable - or 1 hour 45 minutes if the optional on-board charger has been fitted.

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 X 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 front-driven model at the bottom of the range with the kind of attractive finance deal your Vauxhall dealer will probably be able to offer and the picture will 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
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Collapsible windscreen wipers
  • Two speed windscreen wipers with variable intermittent wipe
  • Windscreen demist vents
  • Automatic windscreen wipers
  • Intermittent rear window wash/wipe
  • Sound absorbing windscreen
  • Electrically operated front and rear windows with safety auto reverse and one touch up/down facility with heated rear window

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

  • Fully carpeted luggage area

  • Voice control system

  • Front camera system
  • Front and rear park assist
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Front and rear parking distance sensors
  • Automatic cruise control with speed limiter and intelligent speed adaption
  • Speed sign recognition
  • Speed sensitive electric power assisted steering

  • Wireless charger for mobile devices

  • Side blind spot alert
  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
  • Digital water temperature gauge with warning light
  • Fuel gauge with low fuel level warning light
  • eCall emergency call system
  • 3.5" colour information display
  • 3D Instrument Cluster
  • Vauxhall connect including Ecall and connected services
  • 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
  • Electrically foldable door mirrors with puddle lights
  • Twin electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors

  • Black door panels with black premium leather effect inserts

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

  • 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
  • Silver effect roof rails

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

  • Four adjustable facia vents
  • 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

  • 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
  • 12V electrical accessory socket in front
  • Driver's centre armrest
  • 12V electrical accessory socket in luggage compartment
  • Front and rear passenger assist handles
  • 3 spoke flat bottomed leather steering wheel with satin chrome bezel
  • 230V accessory socket
  • Chrome effect interior door handles
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Alloy effect door sill covers

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

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

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

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

  • 2 remote folding keys
  • Remote control central locking
  • Keyless entry and keyless start
  • Remote security alarm system
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Visible vehicle identification number
  • Engine deadlock and immobiliser
  • Electronically protected audio equipment
  • Power operated tailgate with foot sensor

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 19" 5 twin spoke diamond cut alloy wheels

  • Tyre inflation kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 210
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 3.7
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 105
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 7.4
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • 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
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km: 23
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles: 42
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - AER (km) - City - Min: 73
  • WLTP - AER (km) - City - Max: 70
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb: 56
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Min: 60
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Max: 56
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - Min: 75
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - Max: 72
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 61
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min: 63
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max: 61
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min: 15.3
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max: 15.9
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - City - Max: 43
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - City - Min: 45
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb: 35
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 35
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 37
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max: 3.9
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min: 4.1
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - Max: 45
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - Min: 47
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 38
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 38
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 39

  • CO2 (g/km): 34
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 29
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 29
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 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: 20
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb: 14.1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 1.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 1.3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 1.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 204
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min: 225
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max: 204

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Coin Series: Business Edn Nav Pre
  • Coin Description: Hybrid4 300
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 29E
  • 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: 300
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 53
  • Engine Power - BHP: 300
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.9
  • Top Speed: 146
  • Engine Power - KW: 221
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 384
  • Engine Torque - NM: 520
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3000

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

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

  • Width (including mirrors): 1856
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1630
  • Length: 4477
  • Width: 1811
  • Wheelbase: 2675

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1800
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2350
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 43
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1250
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 600
  • Max. Loading Weight: 550
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 390
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 85
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1528
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.5

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

  • Tri coat premium paint: £870
  • Black roof and door mirrors: Included
  • Two coat metallic paint: £600
  • Brilliant paint: Included
  • Two coat premium paint: £710
  • Black bonnet: £400

  • 3.7kW monophase on board charger: Included
  • 7.4kW monophase on board charger: £500

  • 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 pack - Siena perforated leather - Black: £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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