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 Premium, Business Edition Nav, SRi Nav, Griffin Elite Nav and Ultimate. 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 Business Edition Nav 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. SRi Nav 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 43.5 mpg when fitted with the six-speed manual gearbox, managing 40.9 mpg if you choose the six speed automatic. If you cover higher miles or plan on using the Grandland X fully loaded the new 1.5 128 bhp diesel with a 0-62 time of 10.2 seconds and 300nm of torque to give excellent low rev pull, economy is officially 57.7 mpg as a six speed manual or 54.3 mpg as a six speed automatic.

Full Vauxhall Q2 2021 prices here.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Spring Best Buy – Vauxhall Grandland X  ‘Sri Nav’ 1.5 litre 128bhp diesel manual  –  £499 Advance Payment (£66.84 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£799 (£68.82 wpms) in Elite Nav trim

Price reduced from previous quarter price Spring Best Buy – Vauxhall Grandland X  ‘Elite Nav’ 1.5 litre 128bhp diesel Automatic  –  £1399 Advance Payment (£276 wpms)

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