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Vauxhall Grandland X review

The Grandland X is Vauxhall’s largest SUV, it’s comfortable and roomy but lacks character and design flair

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£23,010 to £45,895
  • Smooth suspension
  • Spacious interior
  • Strong engine range
  • Light and lifeless steering
  • Expensive top-spec models
  • Slightly drab interior styling

The Vauxhall Grandland X is the firm’s largest (and best) SUV. It is the first all-new Vauxhall to come out of the recent PSA Peugeot Citroen buyout, and shares its platform with the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 SUVs. It offers a comfortable and composed drive, with bags of space and loads of kit.

It isn’t the most characterful crossover, yet those after something sensible and well built should definitely add it to their list. We’d avoid the priciest diesel models as they don’t represent particularly good value – but opt for one of the cheaper entry-level petrol cars and you’ll have yourself a capable and well-rounded family SUV. 

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The Vauxhall Grandland X launched in 2017 as the firm’s third SUV – joining the smaller Crossland X and Mokka X models in the brand’s expansive range. It was the first car to launch following PSA Peugeot Citroen’s big Opel-Vauxhall takeover – sharing its platform with the big-selling Peugeot 3008 and 5008 SUVs.

There’s just one bodystyle to choose from, with no seven-seat option available. There are a wide range of trims and engines, however, with top-spec models costing as much as some Audis, BMWs or Land Rovers. Rivals in this crowded market span everything from the Nissan Qashqai, to the SEAT Ateca and Jeep Compass, as well as plenty more in between.

Things kick off with the entry-level Grandland X Tech Line Nav, which comes loaded with most of the kit a family might need. All cars get a touchscreen sat-nav system, 18-inch alloy wheels, climate control and cruise control. There’s plenty of safety kit, too, including forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. Lane departure warning and lane assist are also standard.

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Next up is SE, which, bizarrely, offers less kit for your cash. We’d avoid it unless you’re offered a particularly appealing discount or a competitive finance deal. If you’ve got more money to spend, the Sport Nav car is worth a look, although the premium it commands over Tech Line means it’s still a questionable choice. 

Elite Nav cars add bigger 19-inch wheels, leather trim and a panoramic glass roof. This model also boasts Vauxhall’s Winter Pack One, with heated seats and a heated steering wheel. Last up is the pricey Grandland X Ultimate, with LED lights, a 360-degree parking camera and wireless mobile phone charging. It’s well equipped, but costs more than many BMW X1 or Audi Q3 models. 

The Grandland X engine range is simpler. There’s a choice of one petrol and two diesel engines; the 128bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol is our top pick, while the identically-powered 128bhp 1.5-litre diesel should appeal to high-mileage drivers. The top-spec Ultimate is the only model available with the 175bhp 2.0-litre diesel. Most cars come with a six-speed manual, though an auto (with six or eight gears) is available, while four-wheel drive isn’t currently an option.

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