Vauxhall Crossland X review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
There are loads of clever touches that make the Crossland X one of the most practical cars in its class
Practicality is the Crossland’s strong point. The tall, upright and square body means there’s loads of room inside for passengers and luggage, with plenty of storage solutions dotted about the cabin. It’s only available with five seats but there should be more than enough space inside for most families.
The driving position is good and extremely comfortable over long distances due to its elevated stance and supportive seats. The car’s large glasshouse makes the cabin feel light and airy, but the way the dashboard stretches out ahead of you can make parking tricky. The short rear overhang ensures reversing isn’t so hard, while the £285 reversing camera should limit dinks and dents for less confident drivers.
Oddly, Vauxhall now offers two B-segment SUVs in its ever-expanding product range. The existing Mokka X has sold well for a number of years now, but with buyers ditching dull and dreary MPVs in favour of more fashionable crossovers, the Meriva has morphed into the Crossland X.
At 4,212mm long it’s slightly shorter than the Meriva, though being a few milimetres wider (1,825mm vs 1,812mm) gives it a more purposeful stance. The black body cladding raises its profile, while scuff plates front and rear give the Crossland X a sense of style so important in today’s market.
Those dimensions are broadly similar to the Mokka’s, but make it considerably larger than a Nissan Juke. Parking is a little tricky in the Crossland X due to the long dashboard and steeply sloped bonnet, but a short overhang at the rear means reversing is simpler.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
There is no denying the Crossland X is a practical car. In the transition from MPV to SUV, the versatile family car has lost none of its family-friendly flair. There is loads of room up front, while in the back you’ll find space for three adults thanks to the fact that there’s plenty of head and shoulder room.
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You can improve things further with the good value Versatility Pack (£300), which adds a sliding rear bench and 40:20:40 split-fold seats. This allows passengers to prioritise legroom or cargo area depending on yours or their needs – boosting boot space by up to 110 litres.
All Vauxhall Crossland X models boast a 410-litre boot with the rear seats in place, which is considerably larger than you’ll find in the Mokka X. However, many buyers will be advised to opt for the £300 Versatility Pack, with its sliding rear bench adding an extra 110 litres of load space. With 520 litres on offer, this Crossland trumps cars in the class above; like the excellent SEAT Ateca.
Fold the seats down and the Vauxhall Crossland X loses out to the Mokka X (1,255 litres vs 1,372 litres), but the large, square load bay means it’s easy to load bulky gear – and the lack of a load lip ensures sliding heavier objects in is no trouble either. That Versatility Pack also adds 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats, which could come in handy if you regularly carry longer items.
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 technologyThe Crossland X is loaded with kit, but certain parts of the cabin feel built down to a cost
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThere 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