Vauxhall Grandland X review - Interior, design and technology

The Vauxhall Grandland X is functional but bland compared with the funky Peugeot 3008 on which it is based

The Vauxhall Grandland X is a practical and well-built family SUV. However, alongside more stylish models (including the Peugeot 3008 on which is it based) it looks a bit dull – both inside and out.

The anonymous exterior design can be livened up by one of the firm’s brighter colours, but spec your Grandland X in white, silver or black and it’ll fade into the sea of urban crossovers found lining the UK’s city streets. It’s a shame, because the nicely proportioned Vauxhall Astra family hatch is one of the sharpest-looking cars in its class.

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Those familiar with the Vauxhall Grandland X’s French sister car will notice a few common parts inside. The starter button is lifted unchanged from the 3008, while many of the warning lights on the dash are the same, too. But that’s where the similarities stop; the Peugeot’s sleek digital dials have been swapped for a set of plain analogue instruments, with limited functionality and a dull design.

The main infotainment system is a match for the Peugeot’s set-up, however. There’s a handy row of buttons below the screen, while all the main functions are simple to operate. The climate controls sit low in the centre console, but are perfectly accessible and easy to adjust.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment 

Every Vauxhall Grandland X gets a seven-inch infotainment display, loaded with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. It’s slick enough and easy to use, with a simple menu set-up and plenty of hidden features. SE-spec and Design Line cars can be upgraded with a larger screen for around £700, with wireless phone charging an extra £180.

Vauxhall’s innovative OnStar system used to be standard on most Vauxhall models, but has recently been relegated to the options list. It costs £490 on all Grandland X variants – but as the service is being switched off in 2020, it isn’t worth the extra cash. Unless Vauxhall adds it for free, we’d give it a miss.


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