- Just two engines available from launch
- Petrol and diesel options are both good ones
- Diesels offer the lowest emissions and best economy
The engines offered in the Grandland X are lifted straight from the Peugeot 3008. Although that car comes with a myriad of options, the Vauxhall is limited to just two – one diesel, and one petrol.
The good news is that they're both great engines that we rate very highly here at Parkers – especially the jewel-like 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol.
Power ranges from 120hp for the diesel to 130hp for the petrol. The 1.2-litre three-cylinder is smooth and punchy, with a useful 230Nm of torque available. In the Peugeot 3008, it completes the benchmark 0-62mph sprint in 10.8 seconds and is capable of reaching a 117mph top speed.
And what about the Vauxhall Grandland X diesel?
The PSA-sourced 1.6-litre Blueinjection diesel engine is brilliant, as you'll find in all of the cars it's fitted to. It pulls strongly yet smoothly, and is suitably refined at speed. The gearbox has a wooliness to its feel that Peugeot owners will recognise, but that’s not at the expense of accuracy.
Vauxhall claims a 0-62mph time of 11.1 seconds, while maximum speed 117mph. This engine is available with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearboxes. Stick with the manual though, it’s much slicker and nicer to drive than the indecisive auto.
The Grandland X's dynamics are dominated by their steering, which suffers from a lack of feel. This is ashame because it's reliable and won't surprise you on a twisty road. That said, it's good enough for the market it's aimed at – although based on the early drive of this pre-production left-hand drive car, it's not as sharp as the SEAT Ateca or Renault Kadjar.
- Interior fitments look good and feel well made
- Ample room in the front and rear
- Rear seats are spacious but slightly claustrophobic
The engines available for the Vauxhall Grandland X are a 128bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol or a 114bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesel, both available with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
Prices for petrols start at just over £22,000 and diesels £1000 higher. Automatic transmission adds £1500. Spec levels are SE, Tech Line Nav, Sport Nav and Elite Nav. Standard equipment includes cruise control, dual-zone climate control, lane departure warning, front foglights, rear parking sensors, LED tail lights and daytime running lights, and touchscreen-based infotainment.
Like the Peugeot 3008, the Grandland X has a switchable dial down where handbrakes used to live, offering different modes for different surfaces – road, sand, mud etc. Visually, it evokes the controls you get with serious off-roading 4x4s, so it’s a bit gimmicky, but it’s not just cosmetic – it adapts the traction control and other aids to help this front-drive car make the most of the available grip.
Options include a leather trim, audio upgrades, a black roof and a panoramic sunroof.
In particular, we like the way that the infotainment system works – just like the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport, it's bang up-to-date and well featured, and as long as you're a fan of touchscreens, you're going to like this one. We like the strategically-placed ledge beneath the screen, which is a boon if you're trying to use it on bumpy roads.
It’s a very comfortable car, absorbing the worst that speed bumps and potholes can fling at you, without feeling remote or detached. It steers accurately, and brakes with power and composure.
The front- and rear-seat comfort is excellent, all controls are well placed (aside from the usual caveat about oddly-positioned stalk controls) and the visibility is so-so. In short, it appears to be at or very near the top of the class.