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Should you buy a Vauxhall Crossland?

If you're looking for a good value, easy-to-drive family SUV, there are lots of options out there. As such, it's difficult to recommend a car that's as average as the Vauxhall Crossland with any form of conviction, even though it's not really deficient in any substantial way. But that's the story of this updated car from Vauxhall – it's okay, but you could do so much better.

There are many positives about the Vauxhall Crossland – you get lots of equipment for your money, it has a nice range of engines, and the luggage space is generous for a car of this size. But given rivals include the brilliant Ford Puma, the stylish Renault Captur and clever Skoda Kamiq, this modest line-up of plus points isn't really enough to address the balance.

If you are considering a Crossland as your next family car, the fact it's still available as a diesel will be a positive for those who have long commutes or who travel far and wide regularly – especially considering that the choice of cars fuelled from the black pump are getting rarer with each passing month. We've yet to drive this version though, but have lots of experience with other cars powered by this engine, and if it's economy and an easy drive you're looking for, it's still a fine option.

But for us, the plum choice in the Crossland range would be the 130hp petrol in SRi Nav form – its larger wheels and sharper styling allow it to at least stand out a little from the crowd. The generous amount of kit for the money make it feel like a lot of car for the money. It's quick and economical, too.

Finally, it's also worth considering Vauxhall’s expansive dealer network in the UK, which means you won't have to travel far to find one and get it serviced. Running costs should also be relatively low and parts availability is good considering it shares so many parts with other Peugeot and Citroen models. But having said that, a Ford Puma offers all of that and so much more.

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Vauxhall Crossland (2021) rear view