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Vauxhall Grandland X review - Engines, performance and drive

The Vauxhall Grandland X feels safe and secure to drive, rather than particularly fun

You’d be hard-pushed to call the Vauxhall Grandland X fun. Instead, it’s a safe and predictable car to drive, with exemplary urban manners and good motorway refinement. Engine choices are limited, but that’s no bad thing – each unit has its merits so which one you should go for really depends on how you intend to use the car. 

Built on the same EMP2 platform as the Peugeot 3008, the Grandland X feels like a very similar car to drive. We love the turbo petrol engines; they’re excellent in town but suitable for longer journeys, too. Those covering big annual mileages should look to the excellent diesels, however. Every version offers reasonable performance and low running costs.

Each model comes with the same light controls and vague steering, as well as a soft suspension set-up and a comfortable ride. PSA Peugeot Citroen isn’t famed for its tight manual gearboxes, and unfortunately the Grandland X suffers the same fate. The long throw doesn’t make for a particularly satisfying shift.

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There’s quite a bit of body roll, too, so you won’t want to barrel into too many corners at high speed. Those after a sweet-handling crossover should look at the excellent Toyota C-HR or SEAT Ateca. 

Engines, 0-60 acceleration and top speed

The Vauxhall Grandland X engine range is surprisingly small. While buyers have a long list of specs to choose from, there are only really two engine options; a third is available if you’re splashing out on the pricey Ultimate model. 

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So really, it comes down to whether you want a petrol or diesel car. Both engines are strong and relatively efficient, and both should be more than powerful enough for everyday needs.

The petrol engine is a PSA-sourced 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo with 128bhp. It’ll do 0-62mph in 11.1 seconds and hit 117mph flat out. It’s punchy and refined, too. Early diesel cars were fitted with a 1.6-litre engine, but a more modern 1.5-litre unit replaced it in late 2018, adding a bit more power and slightly improved performance. The 128bhp/300Nm diesel will do 0-62mph in 10.9 seconds and top out at 117mph, feeling stronger in-gear than the tiny petrol motor.

The final engine option is restricted to the flagship Ultimate trim level. The 175bhp 2.0-litre diesel is available exclusively with an eight-speed auto box, yet despite its superior on-paper performance (0-62mph in 9.1s), we wouldn’t shell out unless you really need all the extra kit.

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