Vauxhall Crossland review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
There are loads of clever touches that make the Crossland one of the most practical cars in its class
Practicality is a strong point for the Crossland. 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 tricky parking manoeuvres aren't too taxing, although the rear sensors and camera should limit dings and dents for less confident drivers.
At 4,212mm long, the Crossland is comparable to the Nissan Juke, although the Vauxhall is a little narrower at 1,776mm to the Nissan's 1,800mm.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
There is no denying the Crossland 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.
All cars have a 60:40 split-folding rear seat configuration, while the SRi and Ultimate Nav versions add a sliding function for the bench which allows passengers to prioritise legroom or cargo area depending on yours or their needs – boosting boot space by up to 110 litres.
A 410-litre boot capacity with the rear seats in place is just down on the Nissan Juke's 422-litre load space. Fold the seats down and the Vauxhall Crossland gives a 1,255 litres total capacity, and the large, square load bay means it’s easy to load bulky gear – while the lack of a load lip ensures sliding heavier objects in is no trouble either.
In this review
- 1Vauxhall Crossland review The Crossland SUV offers a sporty look and good family practicality, but isn't as sharp to drive as some rivals
- 2Engines, performance and drivePunchy engines deliver decent refinement, but the Crossland doesn’t offer much in the way of fun
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsA broad range of petrol and diesel engines means the Crossland is an economical choice for cost-conscious buyers
- 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 space - currently readingThere 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, but Vauxhall customer feedback could be better