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Vauxhall Grandland X review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

Up-to-date engine range means low running costs. There’s a plug-in hybrid on the way, too

The Vauxhall Grandland X should be an affordable car to run, no matter which version you go for. Even the most expensive and most powerful diesel engine returns decent fuel economy, though the four per cent diesel surcharge on company car tax means they’re not as affordable as they once were.

Our pick of the range is the 1.2-litre (130ps) turbo petrol, which – depending on wheel size – should return around 53-54mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 117g/km. Adding an auto box shouldn’t hurt economy or emissions, either. 

The diesels will return superior miles per gallon, with the 1.5-litre Turbo D version claiming an impressive 68.9mpg and lowly 108g/km CO2 emissions. The most expensive 2.0 (177ps) diesel auto will do 57.6mpg, while emitting 128g/km. However, sitting in the 30 per cent company car tax bracket (compared with the petrol car’s 24 per cent rating) suggests this is an engine better suited to higher-mileage drivers. 

Insurance groups 

Vauxhall Grandland X insurance groups are competitive, if not quite class leading. Entry-level cars with the smaller engines come in at group 12, while even top-spec Ultimate editions with the most powerful diesel engine are group 16. A typical mid-spec Sport Nav car would sit between group 12 and group 15.

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For comparison, a SEAT Ateca starts at group 8, but stretches all the way to group 23 for a range-topping 2.0 TSI FR 4Drive turbo petrol version.

Depreciation

Most Vauxhall Grandland X models will hold onto at least 45 per cent of their value after three years or 36,000 miles. Some versions, like the 1.5-litre Turbo D in Tech Line Nav spec, will retain an impressive 52.8 per cent of its value over the same time period.

The mechanically similar Peugeot 3008 posts official figures of between 41 and 48 per cent, with the popular 1.2 PureTech GT Line car retaining the most value after three years and 36,000 miles.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.2 Turbo Business Edition Nav 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £22,990

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.6 Hybrid Business Edition Nav 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £31,635

Fastest

  • Name
    1.6 Hybrid4 300 Business Ed Nav Premium 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £36,035
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