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Vauxhall Crossland review - Engines, performance and drive

Punchy engines deliver decent refinement, but the Crossland doesn’t offer much in the way of fun

The Crossland is a competent cruiser that’s easy to drive in town. Vauxhall updated the compact SUV's steering and suspension set-up as part of its 2020 refresh, giving a slightly firm ride at low speed, but with more stability and assurance on faster roads.

Levels of refinement are decent enough, although building up to motorway speeds generates some wind noise. It’s not the quietest small SUV out there, and tyre roar is still an issue.

On a positive note, the engine lineup stands up well to scrutiny, with the 108bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol unit feeling strong and able to pull well in second and third gear. The manual gearbox is a bit vague, but the ratios are well judged, and there is no four-wheel drive option despite its raised body and SUV appearance. 

Engines, 0-60 acceleration and top speed

Those after the cheapest entry-point into Crossland ownership are pointed towards the naturally aspirated 82bhp 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 10.5 seconds and hit 116mph flat out. The more powerful 128bhp turbo model gets a six-speed manual gearbox, and manages the sprint a second quicker with a 125mph maximum.

The diesels are expected to account for a large proportion of sales, even in today's market, 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.

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