Vauxhall Grandland X

The Vauxhall Grandland X is based on the same platform as European Car of the Year, the Peugeot 3008, following a deal between the two companies to jointly develop SUVs that preceded PSA’s eventual takeover. The Grandland X competes in a segment dominated by the Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan. At 4477mm long, 1844mm wide and 1636mm tall with a 514 litre boot, the Grandland X’s dimensions put it in direct competition with the Tiguan (520 litres with the seats back and 615 forward), rather than the slightly smaller Qashqai. The Grandland X has a sporty, off-road look and a heightened seating position typical of an SUV, sadly there is no four wheel drive option, it’s front wheel drive only.


The Grandland X is comfortable and capable on the open road, with fine urban and motorway manners. The soft suspension wallows a touch through corners but is perfect to deal with the battered British roads. Space in the back is excellent, the flat floor together with ample head and legroom allows passengers to sit three-abreast. All cars come with Vauxhall’s excellent OnStar concierge package, which can help you get home, or call the emergency services in the event of an accident.


Trim lines to Motability customers are SE, Tech line, Sport and Elite. Entry-level SE models are the best value as they come with a fair amount of kit, seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, DAB radio, rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and rain sensing wipers, cruise control, dual-zone electronic climate control, leather-covered steering wheel, steering column adjustable for reach and rake, steering wheel mounted audio controls and front fog lights. The Tech Line adds built in sat nav and increases the touchscreen to 8 inches, 18 inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, LED daytime running lights, an upgraded Safety Pack with automatic emergency braking and side blind spot alert and front and rear parking sensors. Sport trim adds some aluminium-effect bumper trims, rear privacy glass and interior mood lighting. The Elite adds partial leather heated seats, 19 inch alloy wheels, panoramic glass roof and automatic parking with 360 degree camera.


The Grandland X has two engine choices, neither of which are powerful enough to tow a caravan of any size, Max braked weight for the diesel is 1400kg and as low as 1100kg for an auto petrol. The 1.2 litre three cylinder petrol with 128 bhp, shared with the Peugeot 3008, is a joy to drive around town, quiet and reasonably punchy, 0-62 in 11.1 seconds, it officially returns 55.4mpg when fitted with the six-speed manual gearbox, managing a near-identical 55.3mpg if you choose the six speed automatic. If you cover higher miles or plan on using the Grandland X fully loaded the new 1.5 128bhp diesel which is replacing the 1.6 litre 118bhp diesel engine is the better choice, The new 1.5 diesel has yet to publish 0-62 times but it will no doubt be an improvement on the 1.6 time of 11.8 seconds both offer 300nm of torque to give excellent low rev pull, the 1.6 officially gets 70.6mpg as a six speed manual or 65.7mpg as a six speed automatic, the new 1.5 offers an excellent 8 speed Auto gearbox. Prices for Diesels start at £299 Advance Payment and very quickly rise, Automatic cars now start at £499. The best offer is on the SE trim 1.2 petrol.

 Winter Best Buy – Vauxhall Grandland X  ‘SE’ 1.2 litre 128bhp petrol manual  –  Nil Advance Payment (£61.11 wpms) or £299 (£63.09 wpms) for 1.5 litre diesel

 Winter Best Buy – Vauxhall Grandland X  ‘SE’ 1.2 litre 128bhp petrol Automatic  –  £499 Advance Payment (£64.42 wpms)

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