Vauxhall Crossland X review - Engines, performance and drive
Punchy engines deliver decent refinement, but the Crossland X doesn’t offer much in the way of fun
The Vauxhall Crossland X is a competent cruiser that’s easy to drive in town, but its soft setup lets it down on twistier, more challenging roads. However, for most that’s unlikely to be of consequence, and rivals like the Renault Captur suffer the same issues.
The soft ride means the Crossland X is comfortable on the motorway, where the raised ride height allows the suspension to smooth larger undulations with ease. This catches the car out at slower speeds, however, where the taller springs struggle to keep up over Britain’s notoriously rutted roads.
Light steering makes the Crossland easy to manoeuvre, but on the open road it’s lifeless and offers little in the way of feedback. The manual gearbox is a bit vague, too, and there is no four-wheel drive option despite its raised body and SUV appearance.
A Peugeot 2008 is keener to respond and while the Crossland X no worse than the similarly-sized Mokka X in this respect, the excellent Astra and new Insignia Grand Sport show how good Vauxhalls can be when the engineers put their minds to it.
Being based on the Peugeot 2008 means the Vauxhall Crossland X uses a very similar range of engines. Those after the cheapest entry-point into Crossland ownership are pointed towards the naturally aspirated 80bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine. It’s available across the range but only comes with a five-speed manual gearbox and does without fuel-saving stop-start technology.
A better bet is the turbocharged 1.2; with 108bhp and 205Nm of torque it’s far livelier and will happily cope with town driving and longer motorway trips. It’ll do 0-62mph in 10.6 seconds and hit 109mph flat out. The more powerful 128bhp turbo model gets a six-speed manual gearbox, but the performance gains are marginal so for most it won’t be worth the extra.
The diesels are expected to account for a large proportion of sales, and by looking at the numbers it’s easy to see why. They post frankly astounding official fuel economy claims, while losing little to the petrols in terms of performance. They aren’t as refined, though, and with the future of diesel uncertain, many buyers may be better off with one of the quieter and still frugal turbo petrol models.
In this review
- 1Vauxhall Crossland X review The Crossland X has replaced the practical Meriva as Vauxhall extends its assault on the SUV market. Can it match established rivals?
- 2Engines, performance and drive - currently readingPunchy engines deliver decent refinement, but the Crossland X doesn’t offer much in the way of fun
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsA broad range of petrol and diesel engines means the Crossland X is an economical choice for cost-conscious buyers
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Crossland X is loaded with kit, but certain parts of the cabin feel built down to a cost
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThere are loads of clever touches that make the Crossland X one of the most practical cars in its class
- 6Reliability and SafetyBased on the Peugeot 2008, the Vauxhall Crossland X should prove a safe and dependable car