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 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 helps to mitigate this issue, while the rear sensors and camera should help limit any 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. Compared to the Kia Niro, the Crossland is slightly shorter and narrower, but it's taller at 1,605mm, while the Niro measures 1,585mm.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
There is no denying that 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 top-of-the-range Ultimate version gets a sliding function for the bench, which allows passengers to prioritise legroom or cargo area depending on the situation. Pushing the seats forward increases boot space by up to 110 litres.
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 drivePunchy 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 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, while Vauxhall customer feedback is improving