Vauxhall Grandland X review - Reliability and Safety
The Vauxhall Grandland X uses a tried and tested platform, and was awarded a five-star crash test score
The concept of platform sharing has significantly boosted reliability and safety in recent years. Such is the case with the latest Vauxhall Grandland X, which shares its underpinnings and many parts with the excellent Peugeot 3008 SUV.
As such, both cars gained a full five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating when they were tested in 2016 (Peugeot) and 2017 (Vauxhall) – with solid scores across the board. The Vauxhall gained an 84 per cent rating for adult occupant protection, and 87 per cent for child occupant protection. Pedestrian protection was rated at 63 per cent, while the Grandland X was given a 60 per cent score in the safety assist category. Whichever way you look at it, Vauxhall’s largest SUV is a safe family car.
The Grandland X was too new to feature in our 2018 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, but the firm didn’t score particularly well in the overall manufacturer’s table. Vauxhall came 22nd out of 26 makers – with just Fiat, Renault, Citroen and Dacia languishing behind. Honda, Nissan, Volkswagen and Skoda all placed in the top 10.
That said, the Peugeot 3008 was crowned Britain’s best car to own – placing first overall and ahead of the Kia Niro, Alfa Romeo Giulia and Toyota Prius. This bodes well for the Grandland X, as the two cars share so many parts.
Vauxhall’s old seven-year warranty is no longer applicable to its new cars, which means all Grandland X SUVs come with a three-year/60,000-mile guarantee. While it’ll be of little consequence to many motorists, Vauxhall actually offers that warranty without a mileage cap for the first year. So, if you were to cover 80,000 miles in the first 12 months, for example, your car would still be covered.
The policy is competitive, if not class leading. Kia continues to offer a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, while Hyundai’s five-year/unlimited-mileage deal is particularly appealing for higher-mileage motorists.
Bizarrely – and despite using the same engine and platform – the Vauxhall Grandland X requires less frequent servicing than its Peugeot 3008 cousin. For example, petrol Grandland X models fitted with the 1.2-litre turbo engine require servicing only every 16,000 miles (or one year), whereas the 3008 will need to be booked in every 10,000 miles.
Both Vauxhall and Peugeot offer monthly servicing deals. Both start from around £13-15 per month, and can be adapted depending on your projected mileage. If you want to pay for your services in one lump sum, the minor (around £159) and major (around £249) check-ups are priced accordingly.
In this review
- 1Vauxhall Grandland X reviewThe Grandland X is Vauxhall’s largest SUV, it’s comfortable and roomy but lacks character and design flair
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Vauxhall Grandland X feels safe and secure to drive, rather than particularly fun
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsUp-to-date engine range means low running costs. There’s a plug-in hybrid on the way, too
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Vauxhall Grandland X is functional but bland compared with the funky Peugeot 3008 on which it is based
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Grandland X doesn’t have the biggest boot in its class, but it’s still a seriously spacious SUV
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingThe Vauxhall Grandland X uses a tried and tested platform, and was awarded a five-star crash test score