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Vauxhall Grandland X SUV (18 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £23,775 - £46,650
Lease from new From £264 p/m View lease deals
Used price £11,225 - £34,190
Used monthly cost £280 - £853
Fuel Economy 37.2 - 225.0 mpg
Road tax cost £135 - £455
Insurance group 12 - 32 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Largest of Vauxhall's X-branded family SUVs
  • Promise of ample personalisation options and cutting-edge tech
  • Plug-in hybrid version now added to the range

CONS

  • Top-spec models are quite pricey
  • Dreary to drive in low-spec form
  • Boot space well-shaped, but lags behind rivals

Vauxhall Grandland X SUV rivals

Written by Murray Scullion on

The Vauxhall Grandland X is proving a popular choice for families who are making the switch to SUVs. Nearly 200,000 of them have been shifted throughout Europe so far. Clearly people are being won over by its good looks and huge range of trims. As well as taking sales from the big market sector sellers Ford, Nissan and Renault, Vauxhall says existing Zafira Tourer buyers are moving across to the SUV.

It goes head to head with rivals, such as the Ford KugaNissan QashqaiPeugeot 3008Renault Kadjar, and Volkswagen Tiguan. Vauxhall says it also goes to-to-toe with traditional saloons, hatchbacks and estates too. While it also shares its basic underpinnings and large amounts of mechanical componentry with the Citroen C5 Aircross and DS 7 Crossback.

How practical?

It's a mid-sized SUV, with seating for five. It's more strikingly styled than its Crossland X and Mokka X cousins, which makes it a more attractive option for those looking at a good-value Qashqai alternative. It also comes equipped with a raft of driver technology, as Vauxhall races to catch up with its opposition in the hotly contested family car market. Autonomous emergency braking, driver drowsiness alert and park assist are available across the range, which is aggressively priced and generously equipped.

It is a practical and usable car, too, with an elevated seating position, and acres of glass for a light and airy interior. Vauxhall says it has class-leading interior space and we certainly found it roomy. The luggage space is impressive, with a capacity that ranges from 514 litres, which increases to 1,652 litres with the rear seats folded down.

Notably, the hybrid models lose out on a bit of boot space because of the batteries. In everyday use, boot space shrinks to 380 litres, while with the rear seats folded it measures in at 1,528 litres.

Looks good, packed with technology

It's a good-looking car, especially from the rear. It needs to be, though ĘC there are many talented rivals that it's going up against, and as a relative class newcomer, it needs to stand out. The Grandland X follows on from the Insignia Grand Sport and Sports Tourer in adopting a more upmarket interior and exterior design than some Vauxhalls of the past. It has highly sculpted wheelarches, and acres of cladding on the side to add to its go-anywhere appeal.

The Hybrid4 offers a black bonnet as a no cost option. It's supposed to make the top of the range hybrid model really stand out. And it certainly does that. If it looks a bit Fast and Furious for your taste, it at least isn't standard.

2020 Vauxhall Grandland X interior

The interior looks good, too, and follows the Insignia in offering a de-cluttered dashboard and a generously proportioned touchscreen. You can specify the Grandland X with the following equipment:

Styled for the family

It's unmistakably a Vauxhall, though, with contrasting roof treatments, plenty of chrome detailing, and the company's signature L-shaped LED daytime running lights. Vauxhall offers myriad of personalisation options. We're sold on the supremely supportive ergonomic front seats, which do deliver great long-distance comfort. The option of a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and smart tailgate, that opens with a kick, all ensure driver and passenger comfort, are also notable features that appeal to family drivers.

Prices, specifications and engines

Petrol, diesel, and hybrid options are available across the range. There is a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol producing 130hp, a 1.5-litre diesel producing 130hp, and, new for 2020, two types of hybrids. Both are plug-in hybrids, with the most powerful version called the Grandland X Hybrid4.

It has a 1.6-litre engine and two electric motors - one powering the front wheels, one powering the rear. Total output is 300hp. There's also a front-wheel drive model, simply called the Hybrid. This uses the same 1.6-litre engine, but with reduced power (180hp v 200hp) and it makes do with only one electric motor, powering the front wheels.

A 2.0-litre diesel with 177hp, and a 1.6-litre diesel with 120hp were also available, but have been replaced.

The entry-level Grandland X is aggressively priced for the 130hp 1.2-litre SE Premium model. This comes fitted with stop-start and a six-speed manual transmission. In total, there are ten trim levels ranging from SE Premium to Ultimate Nav.

Vauxhall Grandland X SUV rivals