Vauxhall Crossland (2017) Review
Vauxhall Crossland (2017) At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 13–17
On average it achieves 69% of the official MPG figure
The Vauxhall Crossland 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 - even though it does represent good value for money.
Formerly badged the Vauxhall Crossland X, the Crossland lossed the 'X' from its name when it was facelifted in 2021. At the same time, it was updated with a trendy blanked-off front grille and LED headlights were fitted across the range.
The Vauxhall Crossland is of the Peugeot-Citroen era of Vauxhalls (they're now all part of mega brand Stellantis), meaning it uses the impressive 1.2-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines found in a number of French alternatives. The entry-level 83PS 1.2 is best avoided, but the other engines are impressive, with plenty of punch, and acceptable noise levels.
It's easy to drive, although it's far from as sharp or direct as a SEAT Arona or Ford Puma. It's wallows about quite considerably – you'll notice it pitching on the brakes, while you better have secured your shopping if you turn sharply. Vauxhall improved the steering and the suspension with the 2021 update, but it's still not the most planted of crossover SUVs.
The waning popularity of MPVs means the Crossland effectively replaced the old 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. A sliding rear bench helps with practicality, although a Skoda Kamiq would be a better choice if you're after outright space.
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- or eight-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.
If you really don't care about the driving experience or need a plush cabin, the Vauxhall Crossland represents good value for money and includes a generous amount of standard equipment. But this is a very competitive class, and most buyers will be better looking elsewhere.