Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a Vauxhall Grandland X?

On reflection, while the Grandland X is comfortable for long distances, good looking, and refined at speed, we'd recommend a Peugeot 3008 SEAT Ateca or Mazda CX-5 over the Grandland X, unless of course, the more adventurous styling of those cars isn't your bag. It's a decent enough car, but if you want the best in the class, you need to look elsewhere.

Considering it's so closely based on the Peugeot 3008, this Vauxhall has a character and personality of its own. And so far, it's been a substantial success. It's certainly a better looking effort than the gawky Crossland X and pudgy Mokka X, being particularly handsome around the rear quarters. It isn't the sharpest driver's tool in this segment – but it probably doesn't need to be, as its popularity attests to.

There are plenty of options to go for, too, if you're looking to buy. We reckon the 1.2-litre petrol is an undercover budget choice, thanks to its low list price and relatively bold fuel economy figures, and well worth recommending. It's a great engine and delivers excellent mpg and decent performance.

It's well-equipped, with some interesting safety kit as standard. This is good news at such a competitive launch price. Our long-term review threw up some questions about its reliability (it needed a new gearbox), which is something we'll be monitoring in the future.

The hybrids add another layer of variety to what already is a capable and option-filled car. List prices can look a bit scary, but the cheapest model works out at around £350-£400 per month. This is not to be sniffed at for a 300hp SUV that's big and comfy. Similarly powerful SUVs, like the BMW X2 M135i cost more like £450 per month. While other largish plug-in SUVs like the Volvo XC60 are more like £700 per month.

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