Vauxhall Crossland review
The Crossland SUV offers a sporty look and good family practicality, but isn't as sharp to drive as some rivals
The Vauxhall Crossland is a spacious, practical and economical family car that now offers loads more style and desirability thanks to a thorough overhaul in 2020. It can't quite match the striking looks of its smaller Mokka sibling, but the practical Crossland has added a smart, sporty edge which will fit in well with modern family life.
Updates to Crossland's steering and suspension set-up are welcome, as are some trim upgrades, but affordability will be uppermost in most customers minds and it's here where the Crossland loses out to certain rivals on competitive finance deals.
About the Vauxhall Crossland
The Crossland isn't so much a bold 4x4, but more of a functional model aimed at young families with an active lifestyle. The larger Vauxhall Grandland is also available, taking on cars like the Volkswagen Tiguan and Mazda CX-5.
Despite bidding to fill the space between MPV and SUV, the Crossland has laid on the style, and comes with a variety of trims as well as personalisation options to tune the car to your tastes. There’s only one bodystyle to choose from, but specs range from the basic (but still well-equipped) SE trim, then SE Nav Premium, SRi Nav, Elite, Elite Nav and the top-of-the-range Ultimate Nav.
Buyers can choose from an entry-level 1.2 litre petrol engine, as well as two turbocharged units and a pair of diesels. As the Crossland is aimed mainly at retail customers, Vauxhall expects the turbo petrol engines to sell well – although the diesels are likely to prove popular also. Entry-level cars use a five-speed manual gearbox, though the range-topping turbo petrol and high-output diesels use a six-speed. An auto option is also available for the most powerful petrol and diesel models.
All versions include a colour touchscreen with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while top-spec models receive dual-zone climate control, front fog lights, auto lights and auto wipers and a host of extra safety kit.
Rivals span far and wide, from the Citroen C3 Aircross on which the Crossland is based, to the venerable and hugely successful Nissan Juke. Other models you should consider in this market include the Renault Captur and SsangYong Tivoli, while bigger cars like the SEAT Ateca may also be within reach on a competitive PCP deal.
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In this review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe Crossland SUV offers a sporty look and good family practicality, but isn't as sharp to drive as some rivals
- 2Engines, performance and drivePunchy engines deliver decent refinement, but the Crossland doesn’t offer much in the way of fun
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsAn efficient range of petrol and diesel engines means the Crossland is an economical choice for cost-conscious buyers
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Crossland is loaded with kit, but certain parts of the cabin still feel built down to a cost
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThere are loads of clever touches that make the Crossland one of the most practical cars in its class
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Crossland includes good levels of safety kit, but Vauxhall customer feedback could be better