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Vauxhall Crossland - Interior, design and technology

The Vauxhall Crossland is loaded with kit, but certain parts of the cabin still feel built down to a cost

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

3.5 out of 5

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The original Crossland X indirectly replaced the ageing Meriva MPV, and the facelifted Crossland continues as an MPV-inspired small SUV, sharing a platform, engines and technology with the Citroen C3 Aircross. Some MPV influences are still evident, particularly at the rear. That’s because the Crossland 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 feels spacious and airy inside. Headroom is excellent, while legroom in the back is also very good for this segment. 

Overall, though, the Crossland’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 despite a midlife makeover, some of the plastics on show remain hard and scratchy to touch.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment 

Every Crossland comes with a colour touchscreen in the centre of the dash, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth, a DAB radio and a USB connector. With the demise of the entry-level Design model, every Crossland comes with an 8-inch screen with sat-nav built-in.

Either way, the touchscreen is angled towards the driver, and we found the set-up to be fairly slick and easy to use, with decent response to touches and a row of chunky physical buttons to help navigate the sub-menus. A six-speaker audio setup with steering-wheel-mounted controls also comes as standard.

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