Vauxhall Grandland review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Grandland doesn’t have the biggest boot in its class, but it’s still a seriously spacious SUV
The Vauxhall Grandland is a practical family car. It has a roomy interior and a big boot, with plenty of useful cubbies and storage spaces. Visibility is excellent, with a typically raised driving position and plenty of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel.
The five-seat SUV (there is no seven-seat version) has loads of space in the back for adults and children alike, with Isofix points on each of the outside seats. There are lots of storage spaces, including one ahead of the gear lever and one in the central armrest; the door bins are a decent size, and the glovebox is spacious, too.
All cars have front and rear parking sensors, which helps with maneuvering around town, while standard cruise control and automatic lights and wipers are a particular help on longer journeys
The Vauxhall Grandland is 4.47m long and 1.81m wide. It doesn’t feel like a cumbersome car on the road, but those after something a bit easier to park might be interested in the firm’s smaller SUVs: the Crossland or Mokka. The SEAT Ateca is shorter, but slightly wider.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Space in the back of Vauxhall’s Grandland is very generous. The flat floor means there’s room for three across the rear bench, with plenty of head, leg and knee room. The large windows and light-colour headlinings mean it never feels dark, cramped or claustrophobic, either.
There’s no seven-seat option. Whereas Peugeot offers a seven-seat 5008, Vauxhall buyers seeking an additional two seats in the boot will need to look at the van-based Combo Life. Every Grandland gets three Isofix points, including tethers on the front passenger seat.
The Vauxhall Grandland’s 514-litre boot is easy to access thanks to the big, wide, and square tailgate. A Peugeot 3008 is marginally bigger with the seats in place, but fold things flat and the load bay booms to 1,652 litres – two litres more than you’ll find in the Peugeot, and almost as much as some cars in the class above.
How much your Vauxhall Grandland can tow will depend on which engine you choose. The basic 1.2-litre (130ps) turbo models will tow a 1,400kg braked trailer, reduced to 1,200kg if you go for the automatic model. The 1.5-litre diesel boasts a 1,300kg maximum.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Vauxhall Grandland SUV features sharper looks, upgraded tech and efficient plug-in hybrid power, but can't compete with the best in class
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Vauxhall Grandland feels safe and secure to drive, rather than particularly fun
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Grandland range offers efficient petrol and diesel engines, but prices for Hybrid models are a bit steep
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe refreshed Grandland looks smarter on the outside and now features decent onboard technology
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe Grandland doesn’t have the biggest boot in its class, but it’s still a seriously spacious SUV
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Vauxhall Grandland uses a tried and tested platform, and was awarded a five-star crash test score