Vauxhall Grandland Review 2022

Vauxhall Grandland At A Glance

4/5
Honest John Overall Rating
The newly updated Vauxhall Grandland has loss the 'X' but gained plenty. A much fresher new look, for starters, plus greatly improved safety and infotainment tech. It still doesn't stand out in any one area, but it's a comfortable, practical and affordable all-rounder.

+Practical and well-equipped. Comfortable drive with efficient engines. Has more showroom appeal than the old Grandland X.

-Still the rational rather than exciting choice. Not the best handling SUV of this size. Some kit has been removed in the simplified trim levels.

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.  

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Can you recommend an SUV available on the Motability scheme?
"We've followed you advice over the years which guided us to a second hand 09 plate Mazda 5, and a beautiful brand new 18 plate Mazda CX-5 Sport Nav. Due to illness we are now eligible for the Motobility scheme. We are looking for a similar family SUV that will take 2 kids easily as well as the occasional trip with the mother-in-law. Unfortunately, Mazda aren't on the scheme. Having test driven the SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan they seem nice cars but the specs on the Motobility scheme vehicles are low. Due to neuropathy a heated steering wheel is vital, as are reversing cameras. The Ford Kuga felt cheap, and the S-MAX was lovely but too big in our opinion. Most of the other contenders feel like a step down from the spec we have currently. The new Hyundai Tucson plug-in-hybrid Ultimate was mentioned on your page as a comparison to the Mazda, the spec looks great (£5,000 upfront though). Our driving is mainly short trips with the kids, with a longer 400 mile round trip to visit northern parents (we are London based) every other month. We can't go fully electric, but plug-in would work for charging outside shop, etc. Obviously we could just stick with the car we have (we wouldn't be looking if it wasn't for the scheme) but with the cost of servicing, insurance being covered by the Motobility scheme it seems too good to be true. Have I missed any obvious contenders? I see the Skoda Karoq is well regarded, but isn't on the scheme."
As you say, the Mazda CX-5 is a very good car that even today is nicer than many new rivals. However, given the savings offered on the Motability scheme there are some other choices worth checking out. Vauxhall has just updated the Grandland (formerly Grandland X) to make it a much more competitive car. Ultimate spec comes with lots of kit including a heated steering wheel and seats. The Peugeot 3008 is essentially the same car as the Grandland underneath, but with a classier interior, although the driving position won't suit all tastes. The Citroen C5 Aircross also shares its engines and platform with the Vauxhall and Peugeot and is exceptionally comfortable, but you might find the interior lacking in quality. We also see that the latest Nissan Qashqai is offered on Motability. It's a much better car than the old one, although perhaps still not as nice to drive or sit in as the CX-5. There are also raised-up hatchbacks that aren't quite as tall as full SUVs: check out the Kia XCeed and new DS 4 (the DS 4 in particular has a plush interior with lots of equipment). They may not offer the desired ease of getting in and out, however.
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