Vauxhall Crossland X review - Interior, design and technology
The Crossland X is loaded with kit, but certain parts of the cabin feel built down to a cost
The Crossland X slots into the Vauxhall range as an all-new model, despite the fact it indirectly replaces the now discontinued Meriva MPV. Vauxhall is keen to place an SUV slant on its new car, hence the Mokka X inspired face, chunky, cladded wheel arches and raised ride height. LED daytime running lights are standard, as are alloy wheels. This new car gets PSA Group underpinnings too, using a modified Peugeot 2008 platform.
Some MPV influences are still evident, though, particularly at the rear. That’s because the Crossland X is positioned as a more versatile and practical proposition than other B-segment crossovers, and as such, the exterior shape is dictated by space requirements in the cabin.
With the wheels pushed right out to the corners, plus that tall, boxy roofline and a steeply raked windscreen stretching far out in front of the dashboard, the Crossland X feels very spacious and airy inside. You can make the cabin even brighter with an optional fixed panoramic glass roof, but it is an expensive extra at £695. Headroom is excellent, while legroom in the back is also very good for this segment.
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Overall though, the Crossland X’s cabin prioritises function over form. It’s been cleverly designed and packaged to maximise space, and comes well equipped, too. But there’s little in the way of flair and some of the plastics are hard and scratchy to touch. As a bonus, you do get a leather steering wheel as standard, and things are livened up on Tech Line Nav and Elite cars with ambient lighting and a digital speedometer in the instrument cluster.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
In the cabin, the big tech news is the inclusion of a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which features as standard on even the basic SE model. It’s a real coup, as the IntelliLink system is bundled with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus Vauxhall OnStar, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, DAB radio and a USB connector at no extra cost. It sits angled towards the driver and is fairly slick and easy to use, with decent response to touches and a row of chunky physical buttons to help navigate the sub-menus.
Alternatively, ‘Nav’ badged cars come with a larger eight-inch screen with built in satellite navigation, voice controls and a second USB port. Both infotainment systems can be paired with an optional head-up display.
A six-speaker audio setup comes as standard but a £535 ‘Premium’ system with an additional subwoofer makes the options list. A wireless charging pad for smartphones is available as a £160 option across all 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 drivePunchy 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 technology - currently readingThe 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