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Vauxhall Crossland X (2017–)

Last updated 8 May 2019

Practical inside with lots of space and a good-sized boot. Impressive engines shared with the Peugeot 2008. All models get a touchscreen system and climate control.
Drab interior layout. Cheap material quality. Wallowing suspension and numb steering.
Updated 8 May 2019

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The Vauxhall Crossland X is a family-friendly, spacious and comfortable crossover. It also comes with good engine choices and generous standard kit. But it’s let down by a depressingly drab interior layout and a sloppy driving experience, which makes it difficult to recommend in a very competitive class - unless you can get a really good deal.

Vauxhall is now owned by Peugeot Citroen, so the Crossland X uses the impressive 1.2-litre Puretech petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines from the French brand. The entry-level 80PS 1.2 is best avoided, but the other engines are impressive, with plenty of punch and decent refinement. Sadly the rest of the driving experience isn’t great, with wallowing handling and numb steering.

The waning popularity of MPVs means the Crossland X effectively replaces the Meriva so, despite its small crossover looks, there is a decent amount of space for families. There’s plenty of rear legroom, loads of headroom and a sizeable boot. It’s certainly a more practical alternative to the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur so, if you’re moving from an MPV to a crossover for the first time it’ll be an easy transition.

It might be practical inside the cabin, but there’s no style or flair to the execution. The plastics feel scratchy and look cheap, which is a shame because there are some high-end features like a standard-fit seven-inch touchscreen system. This generously includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, so you can use lots of smartphone apps safely when on the go.

The Vauxhall Crossland X is more practical than the likes of a Renault Captur or Nissan Juke. But small crossover buyers are spoilt for choice – and that means it’s tricky to recommend unless you really don’t care about the driving experience and you’re not too fussed about having a plush cabin. Look at a Citroen C4 Cactus or a Peugeot 2008 first, or try to get a very big discount if you’re certain you want the Vauxhall.

Vauxhall Crossland X 1.2T 130 6-speed 2017 Road Test 

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