Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Interior fitments look good and feel well made
  • Ample room in the front and rear
  • Rear seats are spacious but slightly claustrophobic

The whole dashboard is nicely free of buttons, with most controls migrated to the touchscreen except for a few essentials such as the climate controls, which remain as physical switches. On the whole, the materials look and feel quite plush, although there is a lot of cheaper plastic below your eyeline. This is easy to miss on the dashboard but harder to hide on the doors, which aren't so nice to look at and feature some pretty flimsy pockets. It’s also quite dark in there even with the optional panoramic sunroof, with only a few lighter plastic elements to lift it.

The screen is a little on the small side compared with rivals - although higher-spec models have a larger setup. But even the entry level model cars, with the smaller 7 inch infotainment screen, come with the all-important Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connections.

Optional leather, audio upgrades, and a panoramic sunroof

We like the way that the infotainment system works – just like the Astra and 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 also like the ledge underneath the screen, which is great if you're trying to use it on bumpy roads - it gives you something to rest your hand on to successfully make selections. It's also not too complicated, which really helps with usability. 

As you move up the range (or add optional extras), things like audio upgrades and different trims lift the cabin, as does a large panoramic sunroof. It can feel a little dark in the back, so this could be a worthwhile selection if you're buying new.

How comfortable is it?

  • Comfortable suspension absorbs bumps
  • One standard chassis set up avoids confusion
  • Optional AGR seats are supremely supportive 

The Vauxhall Grandland X is 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 oddly-positioned stalk controls) and the visibility is so-so. 

Standard on Elite Nav and Ultimate cars (and optional elsewhere) are AGR seats, which are certified by the German Campaign for Healthier Backs. We found them both supportive and supremely adjustable. Although initially they seem a bit thin and hard, after a long drive you emerge from the car feeling much more fresh than a squashy, shapeless equivalent.

Even the Hybrid4 model is pillowy soft. Despite it having big, heavy batteries low down in the car, it never feels brittle or lumpen. Even on challenging roads, it smooths out potholes and ruts with little information being fed to your posterior.