Vauxhall Crossland review - Engines, performance and drive
Punchy engines deliver decent refinement, but the Crossland doesn’t offer much in the way of fun
As part of the Crossland's rather significant facelift in 2020, the small SUV received revised suspension and steering settings to make it feel better to drive, more comfortable, and more stable on motorways. The Crossland was never the best handling family car to begin with, and even with the new dampers and updated steering, it’s still not as fun to drive as a Ford Puma, nor can it beat the Volkswagen T-Cross for comfort.
In fact, we found the updated Crossland’s ride to be noticeably firm at low speeds, but the car did feel more stable and composed on faster roads. At motorway speeds, the Crossland is quite refined, although the wind noise we encountered means it’s not the quietest small SUV out there, and tyre roar is still an issue.
On a positive note, the engine line-up stands up well to scrutiny. The 108bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol unit feels strong and can pull well in second and third gear. The manual gearbox is vague, but the ratios are well-judged. However, there is no four-wheel drive option despite the Crossland’s raised body and SUV appearance.
0-62mph acceleration and top speed
The Crossland is only available with a 1.2-litre turbocharged three-pot petrol engine, producing either 108bhp when paired with a six-speed manual gearbox or 128bhp if you spring for the six-speed auto 'box. The less potent set-up takes 10.5 seconds to do 0-62mph and will hit 116mph flat out, while the 128bhp version with its automatic transmission manages the same benchmark sprint in 9.9 seconds with a 125mph maximum.
We expect most people will be happy with the base combo as it can cope with town driving and longer motorway trips. It's the more economical of the two options on paper, which is a handy bonus. Both versions get fuel-saving stop-start technology.
In this review
- 1Vauxhall Crossland review The Crossland SUV offers good family practicality, but isn't as sharp to drive or efficient as some rivals
- 2Engines, performance and drive - currently readingPunchy engines deliver decent refinement, but the Crossland doesn’t offer much in the way of fun
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Crossland's petrol engine is fairly efficient, however it can't match the fuel economy you get from rivals with hybrid power
- 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, while Vauxhall customer feedback is improving