New Vauxhall Grandland X hybrid and PHEV: specs, prices and range

Vauxhall’s plug-in hybrid drive continues with the high-efficiency two-wheel drive Grandland X and a high-performance four-wheel drive one

Rachel Boagey
Mar 20, 2020

Vauxhall is bringing hybrid technology to the Grandland X crossover, with the introduction of an economy-focused two-wheel drive version and a performance-oriented four-wheel drive one.

The Grandland X PHEV is Vauxhall’s first-ever plug-in hybrid and features a 200hp, 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine plus two electric motors and a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery in four-wheel drive form. The two-wheel drive model, meanwhile, has a 180hp petrol engine plus one electric motor.

So, what's the purpose of a plug-in hybrid, since you have to pay for a petrol engine plus batteries and an electric motor? Well, the premise is that this type of car offers the prospect of running solely on electric power - provided you keep the batteries charged - though it is capable of travelling the length and breadth of the country thanks to the inclusion of a petrol engine, which makes it more flexible than an electric car. In theory, a plug-in hybrid offers the best of both worlds.

As there are two plug-in hybrid Grandland X models on the way - offering different amounts of power, economy and cost - the decision you have to make is which best suits your needs. For maximum economy, go for the two-wheel drive, for maximum performance and grip go for the four-wheel drive. Keep reading for all the details on both versions.

Quick facts

  • Plug-in hybrid versions of Grandland X
  • Prices start from £32,390
  • Comes with two- or four-wheel drive
  • Claimed range of up to 34 miles
  • CO2 emissions from 35g/km
  • Order books open now

Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV specs

The new Grandland X hybrid will be available in four different trim options: Business Edition Nav Premium, SRi Nav, Elite Nav and Ultimate Nav, all offering an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Whichever trim you opt for, the purpose of the plug-in hybrid model is efficiency, and to that end, the Vauxhall comes with heaps of technology. All models will feature the new Vauxhall Connect telematics service, which includes live sat-nav with real-time traffic information - to help you avoid fuel-wasting traffic jams - as well as the ability to check key vehicle data via an app. These Grandland X models also allow to call for roadside assistance by pushing the red button on the centre console.

In addition to the standard equipment, a number of optional technologies help to improve safety, comfort and convenience, including adaptive cruise control, a rear-view camera displaying the area behind the vehicle on an eight-inch screen, cameras showing the area around the car to help with manouevring as well as a a 360-degree bird’s eye view from above the vehicle, adaptive LED headlights, and high beam assist, which disengages full beam when you're approaching other cars.

Given the extensive benefit-in-kind company car tax savings this plug-in hybrid can deliver compared with its petrol and diesel counterparts (we’ll get to that later on), don’t be surprised if the Grandland X hybrid becomes a regular sight on UK roads.

Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV prices

Prices vary depending whether you go for the two-wheel drive model or the more costly four-wheel drive version. The two-wheel drive version offers a 180hp, 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine plus a 110hp electric motor - which when working together produce a maximum of 225hp. This model is priced from £32,390 and comes with claimed fuel economy of 192mpg and CO2 emissions of 34g/km (both of which are dependent upon you charging the car regularly, otherwise you'll burn through much more petrol.

The four-wheel drive option, meanwhile, comes with a 200hp, 1.6-litre turbocharged, petrol engine and two electric motors with a combined output of 109hp. Working in tandem the petrol engine and electric motors produce 300hp, and offer a combined fuel consumption of 138mpg and CO2 emissions of 49g/km (again, expect much lower economy if you don't charge regularly). The four-wheel drive version will set you back an additional £4,400 over the two-wheel drive Grandland X, starting from £36,790.

If you’re lucky enough to be offered a company car, both plug-in hybrid Grandland Xs will save you shedloads of money in tax compared with a standard petrol or diesel model. Go for the two-wheel drive for the lowest tax costs and prospect of the highest fuel economy. While the four-wheel drive version will cost more to tax, it should still work out much cheaper than an equivalent - but far less powerful - diesel Grandland X.

Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV economy and performance

The petrol engines that sit in these cars meet the latest Euro 6d-TEMP emissions rules, and have been specially engineered to work alongside the electric motors. In the four-wheel drive version, the front electric motor is coupled to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, while the second motor is integrated into the electrically-powered rear axle, providing on-demand all-wheel drive grip.

Both versions offer four driving modes – electric, hybrid, AWD and Sport. Choosing hybrid allows the car to automatically select its most efficient method of propulsion, with the possibility of switching to ‘electric’ for zero-emission driving when crawling in traffic (provided the batteries have sufficient charge). Sport combines the power of both the combustion engine and the electric motor for maximum performance.

Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV electric range

In pure electric mode, the two-wheel drive model has a range of 34 miles and features a regenerative braking system to recover up to 10% of the the energy otherwise wasted while braking. The four-wheel drive version loses a few miles of range, taking it down to 30 miles in pure electric mode. As these figures are achieved in laboratory test conditions, expect real world results to be slightly less optimistic.

Either way, you're likely to need to charge the car every 20-25 miles or so if you want to run solely on electric power, so if you're looking to live the electric car life stlyle a plug-in hybrid might not be the best fit. If you're simply looking to reduce your monthly fuel bills, however, then something like this will more than likely prove useful.

Both versions feature a 3.7 kW on-board charger as standard or an optional 7.4 kW version for faster charging. While charging time depends on the type of charger – use the Mode 3 cable with the 7.4 kW on-board charger and the battery can be fully charged in less than two hours.

Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV rivals

The Grandland X is Vauxhall’s biggest crossover and is already proving a popular SUV choice as nearly 200,000 of them have been shifted throughout Europe so far. 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 family SUV, too.

This plug-in hybrid addition goes head to head with the likes of Peugeot’s 3008 Hybrid4 (its sister car) plus pricier and more upmarket models such as the BMW X3 xDrive30e and Audi Q5 55 TFSIe. Compared to the latter two, the Vauxhall Grandland X could be described as the more sensible option. While its rivals seem more glamorous, the Grandland X’s spacious and comfortable interior and large boot help it to appeal in its own right.

 

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