Review: Vauxhall Crossland X (2017)
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.
Vauxhall Crossland X (2017): At A Glance
- New prices start from £17,110, brokers can source from £13,820
- Contract hire deals from £153.80 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 13–17
- On average it achieves 68% of the official MPG figure
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.
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Vauxhall Crossland X (2017): What's It Like Inside?
Inside, the Vauxhall Crossland X is very spacious. The back row provides enough head and leg room for adults to sit in decent comfort, while the boot is large at 410 litres. Slide the back seats forward and that capacity increases to 520 litres or, fold them flat, and free up 1255 litres. The load deck is a bit high – but that’s no different from any other small crossover.
The major controls are nicely placed and there’s lots of adjustment, meaning pretty much every driver should be able to find a good driving position. Little things are well-executed too, like sizeable cup holders and door pockets, along with numerous other little cubbies for those odds and ends. Sadly the glove compartment is tiny, since half the space is occupied by fuses.
Up front the seats are fairly comfortable and there’s plenty of equipment. A seven-inch touchscreen is standard, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That means you can easily and safely access useful apps like Spotify or Google Maps on the move. Dual-zone climate control is standard too, as well as steering wheel mounted audio controls – so you get some nice gear without paying extra.
Unfortunately, material quality falls a little short. The Crossland X uses some dated-looking plastics and feels like it has been made down to a price and there is no flair to the design.
A Nissan Juke might not be particularly plush, but at least its cabin has some character – while a Suzuki Vitara feels better made and sturdier.
SE comes with Vauxhall Onstar, a touchscreen system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and speed limiter, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, auto lights, auto wipers and electric windows.
SE Nav adds navigation
TechLine adds parking sensors, contrasting roof colours, tinted rear glass, flex boot floor and ergonomically designed seats.
Elite cars come with 17-inch alloy wheels, Elite styling details but lose navigation.
Elite Nav adds navigation.
Ultimate adds roof rails, premium sound, LED lighting pack plus keyless entry and start.
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What's the Vauxhall Crossland X (2017) like to drive?
The Vauxhall Crossland X shares a lot with Peugeot models, including its engines. There is a 1.2-litre petrol with 80PS, 110PS or 130PS, plus a 1.6-litre diesel with 100PS or 120PS. Avoid the 80PS petrol and you can’t really go wrong – all of the engines provide plenty of in-gear performance for getting up to motorway speeds or passing slow traffic, plus economy is strong.
The 130PS petrol is the best engine of the lot though – it has the benefit of a six-speed transmission, versus a five-speed with the less powerful petrols, so it makes for a better motorway cruiser.
Despite being the most powerful petrol option, it’s not too bad when it comes to fuel economy, with an official figure of 55.4mpg. The diesels are better still of course, with official figures of around 80mpg.
Sadly, while the engines are good, the rest of the driving experience is lacklustre. The steering is spongy and imprecise, the gear change is sloppy and the suspension, while fine on the motorway, is uneven at low speeds and provides poor body control through corners, with the car pitching and wallowing its way down B-roads.
On the plus side, the light steering means parking isn’t a chore and, while the Crossland X might be bigger than a typical hatchback, it’s still compact enough to be driven with confidence in cities and multi-storey car parks.
The light clutch pedals make life easy in stop/start traffic too, so if you’re not a particularly enthusiastic driver and you’re most interested in ease of use, you can probably forgive the shortcomings of the Crossland X.
There are some handy safety features fitted as standard. All cars have cruise control, lane departure warning, a speed limiter and traffic sign recognition, while optional extras include LED headlights and a head-up display. Oddly, despite there being a front-facing camera fitted as standard, auto emergency braking is a cost option. That’s a little disappointing on a family-focused car.
|1.2 81||54 mpg||-||116 g/km|
|1.2 81 ecoTEC||55 mpg||14.5 s||117 g/km|
|1.2 83||55 mpg||14.5 s||106–117 g/km|
|1.2 Turbo 110||59 mpg||10.9 s||107–111 g/km|
|1.2 Turbo 110 Automatic||50 mpg||10.9 s||123 g/km|
|1.2 Turbo 130||54 mpg||9.9 s||116 g/km|
|1.2 Turbo 130 Automatic||-||-||108–113 g/km|
|1.5 Turbo D 102||71 mpg||11.7 s||105–107 g/km|
|1.5 Turbo D 120 Automatic||-||-||104 g/km|
|1.6 Turbo D 120||71 mpg||-||105 g/km|
|1.6 Turbo D 99||76–79 mpg||-||93 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Vauxhall Crossland X (2017)
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