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Review: Grandland X - Vauxhall's bold entry into the large SUV sector

Vauxhall has finally entered the large SUV battlefield, and its Grandland X is a strong statement of intent in a key segment.

Vauxhall has completed the latest round of range revisions, and the latest is a large and comfortable SUV packed with kit and the latest driver assists.

There were two engine choices at launch - a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.6-litre diesel - but more are swiftly on their way.

The pricing doesn't match the cheapest on the market, but it does compete with mainstream rivals like the Peugeot 3008 (which shares the same platform).

Looks and design

The look is moderately sporty, with more than a hint of off-road capability.

There is elevated seating for five people, generous luggage space, good all-round visibility and a raft of safety technologies.

At 4.48 metres long, it is the largest SUV in Vauxhall's range, offering even more cabin space than the 20 centimetre-shorter Mokka X and Crossland X, its smaller sisters in the range.

Driver assistance

The Grandland X prides itself with offering the latest in a selection of ultra-modern tech and comfort features, so let's focus there immediately.

Driver assistance is advanced, and you can see how Vauxhall is beginning to journey seriously down the semi-automous driving route.

Adaptive Cruise Control with pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking, Driver Drowsiness Alert, and Advanced Park Assist are just some highlights.

Cabin and inside space

Vauxhall's designers have put much thought into the cabin: the instrument panel and centre console with touchscreen are clearly laid out and horizontally aligned to the driver.

The centre stack has three horizontal rows of controls for quick access to infotainment, climate control and chassis functions.

Drivers and passengers benefit from the elevated seating position typical of an SUV, which ensures good visibility in all situations.

Its long wheelbase of 2,675mm means the compact class SUV has plenty of space for up to five people, while the luggage compartment (with a load volume from 514 litres to a maximum of 1,652 litres) offers good room for luggage and sport equipment.

Other touches include premium ergonomic front seats, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and s smart tailgate that opens with a kick.

Connectivity

The latest generation of IntelliLink systems and the personal connectivity and service assistant Vauxhall OnStar, which now includes new services such as hotel booking and parking space search, are on board.

Smartphones can be integrated to the infotainment system and charged wirelessly via inductive charging on handsets with this function.

Under the bonnet

Since launch in the autumn, there's been a choice of two engines - a petrol and a diesel.

The petrol is a 1.2-litre turbo unit with 130PS that officially claims up to 62mpg extra-urban efficiency and a CO2 output range of 117-127g/km.

The diesel powerplant is a 1.6-litre turbo with 120PS officially claiming up to 80mpg extra-urban efficiency and a CO2 output range of 104-118 g/km.

Both turbo units can be combined with either the six-speed manual or a friction-optimised six-speed automatic transmission and come with Start/Stop as standard.

On the Road

The Grandland X can take on a range of surfaces particularly with optional electronic Grip Control that ensures traction in diverse driving situations.

The driver has a choice of five driving modes, for each one the system adapts the torque distribution to the front wheels, allows wheel-spin if necessary, and, with the automatic transmission, adjusts shift points as well as throttle response.

The modes are: Normal, Snow, Mud, Sand and ESP off (up to 31mph only).

The trim levels are fairly standard Vauxhall fare. The entry-level Tech Line trim is available from £22,310 on-the-road with the 1.2-litre petrol engine.

The top of the range model is the automatic BlueInjection 1.6-litre (120PS) S/S diesel in Elite Nav trim, available £29,535 on-the-road.

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