Vauxhall Grandland X (2018-present)

The Vauxhall Grandland X isn’t the most exciting family car, but it’s comfortable, practical and good value for money.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Spacious interior
Comfortable
Good value prices

Weaknesses 

Not much fun to drive
Cabin feels a little cheap
Bewildering trim line-up
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The Grandland X is Vauxhall’s belated response to ultra successful models such as the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008 and Skoda Karoq.

Known as compact crossovers, these machines blend the rugged looks and high-set driving position of an SUV with the more manageable dimensions and running costs of a family hatchback. Huge sales for the Nissan in particular have meant that almost every manufacturer is now trying to get in on the act.

Vauxhall was able to fast track the development of the Grandland X by basing it on the Peugeot 3008, although you wouldn’t know from the outside. Apart from similar proportions the two cars look different, the Vauxhall taking its design cues from other models in the range. It’s not exactly and handsome or distinctive vehicle, but in some of the higher and more expensive trim levels it has a certain upmarket appeal.

With prices from £23,415 to an eye-watering £34,935 the Vauxhall Grandland X should have trim and engine to suit every taste and budget. However, while the most expensive versions are lavishly equipped the more basic models get all the kit you’ll ever need and represent the most sensible and satisfying ownership experience.

Much of the success of these types of car is down to their interiors, and in the case of the Grandland X it scores for space and practicality, making it an even more family-friendly option than the Nissan Qashqai. The driver and passenger sit high with a commanding view of the road, while in the back there’s plenty of head and legroom, even for those occupants over six feet tall. The dashboard layout is a little bland and some of the materials - plastics in particular - have a low rent look and feel, but it’s no worse than the Nissan in this respect.

Crucially, the interior is packed with handy storage cubbies, meaning lots of space for the sort of paraphernalia that growing families tend to attract. The 514-litre boot is well shaped and easily shades the Nissan’s 430-litre effort for capacity, but it trails the Skoda Karoq’s 479-litre effort and the Peugeot 3008’s vast 591-litre affair. On the plus side, Tech Line Nav models and above get a Versatility Pack (optional on the SE and Design Line), which adds a variable height boot floor and a centre rear armrest for the rear seat that also doubles as a load-through ski hatch.

The Vauxhall Grandland X also gets plenty of useful technology, including the brand’s Intellilink entertainment set-up. On SE and Design Line cars it features an intuitive seven-inch touchscreen and easy Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity, while all other models get a larger eight-inch screen with built in sat-nav. Also included is Vauxhall’s excellent OnStar electronic concierge system. Simply press a button and you’re put through to call handler who can look up destinations or local attractions and amenities and send the directions straight to the sat-nav. It can also automatically raise the emergency services in the event of an accident.

Speaking of which, collisions should be easier to avoid in the Grandland X than most. Lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition are standard across the range, while Tech Line Nav and above add autonomous emergency braking, a driver drowsiness alert and blind spot monitoring. It’s an impressive array of safety kit that you’d normally expect to have to pay extra for, even on more expensive cars.

Given its focus as a family-friendly run around it’s no surprise to find the Vauxhall Grandland X driving experience is geared towards comfort and ease of use. The steering is light while the commanding view from the driver’s seat makes it easy to place the car on the road. The suspension is soft too, allowing the Grandland X to float serenely over the worst road surfaces the UK has to offer. Yes the Vauxhall gets a bit flummoxed and wobbly when you tear through corners at breakneck speed, but then this is a tall-riding crossover and most owners in their right mind would never have call to drive one in such a deranged manner. Best just to take it easy and relax.

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Key facts 

Warranty: 
3 years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
514 litres
Width: 
1856mm
Length: 
4477mm
Height: 
1609mm
Tax (min to max): 
£170 in first year, £145 thereafter

Best Vauxhall Grandland X for... 

Vauxhall Grandland X SE 130 Turbo D manual
This entry-level diesel model is the most frugal of the bunch, Vauxhall claiming it’s capable of between 48.7 and 53.3mpg.
Vauxhall Grandland X Tech Line Nav 130 1.2 Turbo
Tech Line trim is the cheapest that gets useful Versatility Pack that adds folding rear armrest and variable height boot floor. Best for performance
Vauxhall Grandland X Sport Nav 177 Turbo D
In fairness any Grandland X fitted with the 175bhp 2.0-litre diesel will deliver the same claimed 0-60mph of 8.9 seconds, but Sport Nav trim feels more a more suitable for the fastest version.
Vauxhall Grandland X SE
No particular engine to avoid here, but SE trim manages to be more expensive but less well equipped that Tech Line Nav.

Vauxhall Grandland X History 

May 2017: Vauxhall Grandland X revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Jan 2018: Vauxhall Grandland X goes on sale in the UK

Mar 2018: Intelligrip off road pack added as an option

Apr 2018: 1.6-litre diesel is replaced by more powerful and efficient 1.5-litre

Understanding Vauxhall Grandland X car names 

  • Grandland X
  • Trim
    Tech Line Nav
  • Engine
    1.5 Turbo D 130
  • Gearbox
    6-speed auto
  • S/S Blueinjection
    Fuel saving technology
  • Trim
    The Grandland X is available in SE, Design Line, Tech Line Nav, Sport Nav, Elite Nav and Ultimate.
  • Engine
    Grandland X engines comprise of one petrol (a 1.2-litre turbo) and two diesels (a 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre). The 130 figure identifies the power output, in PS, of this particular engine
  • Gearbox
    6-speed auto denotes the automatic gearbox, plus there’s also a six-speed manual
  • S/S Blueinjection
    Blueinjection is fitted to all diesel models and is a system designed to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions. S/S refers to the start/stop technology that automatically switches off the engine when your stationary for more than a few seconds, such as at traffic lights.

Vauxhall Grandland X Engines 

Petrol: 1.2 Turbo 130 Diesel: 1.5 Turbo D 130, 2.0 Turbo D 177

The Vauxhall Grandland X keeps it fairly simple when it comes to the engine line-up, with just one petrol and two diesels to choose from. There’s the option of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox on lower powered models, while the 2.0-litre diesel is available exclusively with an eight-speed auto.

For most people most of the time the 1.2-litre petrol will be all they need. Not only is the three-cylinder engine smooth and refined, it has a turbocharger to help deliver performance that’s at odds with its small size. With 128bhp and a useful 230Nm of torque it’s a willing performer, even with five occupants on board and a bootful of luggage, pulling strongly on the motorway yet proving nippy and responsive around town. It’s reasonably frugal too, easily hitting 40mpg if driven sensibly. Unless you do a lot of urban driving then we’d steer clear of the slightly sluggish six-speed auto and stick with standard and fairly slick and precise six-speed manual.

If you plan on racking up the miles then it might be worth considering the 1.5-litre diesel - although you’ll need to do your sums as its efficiency advantage over the petrol isn’t conclusive. Either way it’s a gutsy performer, using its 300Nm torque to deliver reasonably effortless and efficient progress. It’s also a quieter unit than the less powerful 1.6-litre it replaced, its only real diesel trait being a distant clatter at idle. As with the petrol we’d recommend the six-speed manual gearbox to make the most of the performance on offer.

At the top of the range is the 175bhp 2.0-litre diesel, which is only available with the admittedly smooth operating eight-speed gearbox. Yet while the biggest engine has an on paper performance advantage it doesn’t feel much swifter on the road than its smaller counterpart. Or more refined for that matter. Factor in the price premium over the other engines and it doesn’t really make much sense. Unless you want the flagship Grandland X Ultimate trim, in which case it’s the only engine choice.

 

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

1.2 Turbo 130

Petrol

37.2 - 43.5mpg

128hp

9.5 - 9.8sec

117 - 122mph

1.5 Turbo D 130

Diesel

44.8 - 54.3mpg

128hp

9.9 - 10.2sec

119mph

2.0 Turbo D 177

Diesel

42.8 - 46.3mpg

175hp

8.9sec

131mph

Vauxhall Grandland X Trims 

SE, Design Line, Tech Line Nav, Sport Nav, Elite Nav, Ultimate

This is where things get a little confusing, because the Vauxhall Grandland X line-up isn’t quite as straightforward as it seems. You see, while SE is nominally the entry point to the range it’s actually fractionally more expensive - to the tune of £370 - than the better equipped Tech Line Nav.

Strange but true. In fact, it’s down to the fact that the Tech Line Nav is aimed not at retail customers, but company car drivers, so its lower price is intended to give it a lower benefit-in-kind tax rating. It also means it’s not normally available with the same new car finance deals as other models in the line-up - a hassle if you’re buying new, but not if you’re purchasing used.

Anyway, even as the most basic version the SE is very well equipped, offering touchscreen entertainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, climate control, automatic headlamp operation, rear parking sensors and lane departure warning, among a whole host of safety features

Move up to the Design Line and you get the same equipment, plus the addition of larger alloy wheels front parking sensors and the Versatility Pack that adds a moveable height boot floor and rear seat centre armrest with ski hatch. It also gets some brushed aluminium effect exterior trim and rear privacy glass.

Next up is the Tech Line Nav, which is arguably the sweet spot in the range. Not only does it feature the larger entertainment screen complete with built in sat-nav, it also gets Vauxhall’s superbly comfortable and multi-way adjustable ergonomic front seats and a Safety Pack that comprises autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and a driver drowsiness detector.

Sport Nav provides all this plus some visual changes aimed at delivering a more sporty look, while Elite Nav takes a more luxurious approach with its standard leather trim, heated seats and Panoramic roof.

Sitting at the top of the range is the appropriately named Ultimate, which gets all this kit and more, including heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, a powered tailgate and LED headlamps.

In terms of options the Ultimate is available with very few, with the only worthwhile addition being the Off Road pack that adds a switchable traction control for different surfaces (mud, snow, gravel and sand) plus grippy mud and snow tyres. For the other models, there are neatly bundled options packs for the most popular uprades. Of these the most desirable are the Park and Go packs that deliver various levels of sensors, cameras and autonomous parking, plus the winter packs that add heating for the front and rear seats, windscreen and even steering wheel.

 

Vauxhall Grandland X Reliability and warranty 

The Vauxhall Grandland X is still too new to feature in Auto Express’ Driver Power satisfaction poll, but potential owners should take heart that the closely related (Peugeot now owns the Vauxhall brand) Peugeot 3008 finished an excellent seventh overall in the 2019 survey, which bodes well for the Grandland X.

As with most manufacturers Vauxhall offers a standard three years and 60,000 miles warranty for the Grandland X.