Vauxhall Grandland X (2018) Review
Vauxhall Grandland X (2018) At A Glance
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The Vauxhall Grandland X is a practical family car with space for four adults and a boot that's spacious. Its PureTech petrol engine is smooth and nippy enough, but also good on fuel. You can also choose from a diesel that's excellent on the motorway and plug-in hybrids that make a lot of sense in town. The Vauxhall's problem is its uninspiring styling and boring cabin, which means it struggles to stand out in a class filled with cars that are more distinctive and just as practical.
The Grandland X is Vauxhall's largest SUV, rivalling the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Skoda Karoq. It's closely related to the Peugeot 3008, Citroen C5 Aircross and DS 7 Crossback, but undercuts them all on price.
The engine line-up mirrors that of the Peugeot 3008, with buyers given a choice of petrol, diesel, hybrid and plug-in hybrid power. Most buyers will find the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol sufficient for their needs, while the 1.5-litre diesel is an excellent choice for those covering high miles or looking to tow (up to 1960kg).
While the headline figures of 300PS and 204mpg are impressive, the plug-in hybrid Grandland X (badged the Hybrid4) will only make sense if you're a company car driver chasing tax benefits. It's very expensive and, thanks to its heavy weight, is very thirsty unless you can charge it regularly.
Most SUV buyers want a high seating position, and the Grandland X ticks that box. It's comfortable, while all the instruments and buttons are logically laid out. It does feel a bit dated, though - you'd be forgiven for thinking it's a 10-year-old car. It's not bad, it's just a bit disappointing compared to the tech-heavy Peugeot 3008's cabin.
That said, there's plenty of space. Adults will be comfortable in the front, and a flat floor in the rear means it feels quite roomy back there. It's got a reasonably spacious boot, too - not the biggest in its class, but there's enough space for golf clubs or a pushchair.
SUV buyers have a wide range of cars to choose from and the Grandland X doesn't stand out in any particular area. That said, it's a sensible choice, and there are some good deals available. Just don't buy one before you give the Skoda Karoq or Peugeot 3008 a look.