What is the Vauxhall Grandland X?
- Top speed: 117-131mph
- 0-60mph: 8.9-10.2 seconds
- Fuel economy 39.2-53.3mpg
- 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 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).
Trim levels follow Vauxhall's usual formula, starting at SE and progressing through Business Edition Nav, SRi Nav, Elite Nav and culminating with Ultimate Nav.
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.
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, the Citroen Berlingo MPV and a number of small and medium vans.
Is it 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 underpinnings – 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
There are no previous versions of the Grandland X, though you might consider the Frontera and Antara as forerunners, although they were far more old-school 4x4s than the decidedly on-road orientated newer model.