What is the Vauxhall Grandland X?
The Vauxhall Grandland X is a five-seater family SUV that sits above the Crossland X and Mokka X in the Vauxhall range.
It’s based on the same platform as the Peugeot 3008 and Citroen C5 Aircross (Vauxhall now being a part of the PSA Peugeot-Citroen family).
Rival models include the Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar, Ford Kuga, VW Tiguan, SEAT Ateca, Skoda Karoq, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage.
- Top speed: 117-131mph
- 0-62mph: 8.9-10.2 seconds
- Fuel economy 37.2-54.3mpg
- Emissions: 111-128g/km CO2
- Boot space: 514-1,652 litres
Which versions of the Vauxhall Grandland X are available?
Though a seven-seater variant has been mooted – presumably to be based on the Peugeot 5008 – the Vauxhall Grandland X is currently only offered as a five-seater model, and in a single five-door SUV bodystyle.
There are lots of trim levels to choose from, although the range structure is a little confusing, so you may find you get more equipment for a lower price from a higher specification – even if this means compromising on engine performance.
Speaking of engines, the Grandland X makes do with just three options, presently – a 130hp 1.2-litre turbo petrol, a 130hp 1.5-litre turbodiesel, and a 177hp 2.0-litre turbodiesel.
The 177hp motor comes with an automatic gearbox as standard, on the others you can pick between that of a manual transmission (at lower cost).
Arriving late in 2019 is the Grandland X Hybrid4 with a petrol-electric plug-in system promising 300hp performance, up to 30 miles of battery range and CO2 emissions as low as 49g/km.
Vauxhall Grandland X styling and engineering
All Grandland Xs are front-wheel drive only, so this is entirely an SUV styling exercise, rather than a proper off-roader.
No problem for most buyers, we’re sure, especially as the Grandland X is probably the most attractive model in the Vauxhall SUV range.
The interior is spacious for four adults, tight for five; the boot is a decent size, though not spectacular.
The dashboard is design is a little bland compared to the outside, but it avoids the divisive tiny steering wheel and high-set instrument cluster of the Peugeot 3008’s iCockpit layout, and is easy to use.
The Grandland X is based on the PSA Peugeot-Citroen EMP2 platform, which means as well as being related to a number of other Peugeot, Citroen and DS SUVs, it also shares parts with the Peugeot 308 and 508 passenger cars, the Citroen C4 Picasso MPV and a number of small and medium vans.
Is the Vauxhall Grandland X good to drive?
Like most of the vehicles in this sector of the market, the Grandland X is good to drive, but not exceptional.
The steering is surprisingly sharp – a legacy of the Peugeot platform – and although it leans a fair amount in the corners, the movements are well controlled.
The engines are all reasonably engaging, too – though you can expect to work the less powerful ones pretty hard if you regularly fill all the seats. Shame the manual gearboxes are a little vague and imprecise.
How much does the Vauxhall Grandland X cost?
For the kit you get in exchange there’s certainly nothing unfair about Vauxhall’s Grandland X pricing – this is a very well-equipped car, available with lots of the latest toys.
However, you’ll find that plenty of similarly impressive rivals are cheaper to finance on a monthly basis over the same contract terms.
Vauxhall Grandland X Model History
Current generation Vauxhall Grandland X model history
July 2017 - Available to order for September deliveries, with a choice 1.2 Turbo petrol and 1.6 Turbo D diesel engines, in SE, Tech Line Nav, Sport Nav and Elite Nav trims.
November 2017 - Ultimate trim level available to order, exclusively with the 2.0-litre Turbo D engine.
April 2018 - 1.5-litre Turbo D engine with 130hp replaces the previously available 1.6-litre motor.
There are no previous versions of the Vauxhall Grandland X.
Though you might consider the Antara a forerunner, it was far more old-school 4x4 than the decidedly on-road orientated Grandland X.