Vauxhall Grandland Review 2023
Vauxhall Grandland At A Glance
The new Vauxhall Grandland might be, at its heart, simply an updated Grandland X. But this is a big facelift, with a significantly more stylish design, much better technology levels and the same affordable price tag. And while it's still doesn't blow away its many rivals in any one area, it's gone from a totally unremarkable to a wholly competitive family SUV. Read our Vauxhall Grandland review for all the detail.
In the ever-growing sea of desirable and multi-talented family SUVs on the market, Vauxhall's old Grandland X stood out from the crowd like a black cab in Central London. It got ticked many rational boxes, but its total lack of style, panache or solid selling points meant it became a byword for mediocrity and anonymity.
Now, the 'X' has gone from the name, but there's much more to it than that. Many facelifts require Sherlock Holmes detective work to spot the difference, but it's clear that the updated 2022 Vauxhall Grandland has a totally new front-end design inspired by the brand's surprisingly stylish new Mokka.
The 'Vizor' face, as the brand calls it, certainly modernises the exterior look, as does the option of new adaptive matrix LED headlights, although it's still not going to turn heads like a Hyundai Tucson or Peugeot's closely related 3008. Happily, there's also plenty of new technology to increase the Grandland's showroom appeal.
Whereas the Grandland X was behind the times in terms of driver assists, the new car has been brought up to scratch with standard autonomous emergency braking, plus a host of other driver aids including adaptive cruise control and lane position assist. What's more, the infotainment screen is larger, which combined with digital dials (and the neat option of a night vision system) helps liven up what is still a pretty unexciting interior.
Conservative it may be, but the inside of the Vauxhall Grandland is plenty practical enough, with good amounts of interior space, a large and well-shaped boot and lots of useful storage compartments. The seats on higher end models are also designed specifically to be kind to your back on long distances, making it a superb car for those doing big motorway miles.
Such journeys also play into the Grandland's dynamics, which err on the side of comfort. Avoid the biggest wheel options and you get a pretty refined ride, while there isn't an excessive amount of body roll and plenty of grip, so it's not too shabby in the bends either. Granted, you can definitely have more fun in an SUV (the SEAT Ateca springs to mind) but as an all-rounder the Vauxhall is respectable.
There's a range of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains to suit most needs, and keen pricing compared to the competition. No, there's nothing to pull at the heart strings of the enthusiast here, but by focusing on the sort of rational values that matter to family buyers while upping the style Vauxhall has turned the Grandland into a competitive all-round SUV.