Vauxhall Crossland X 2020 - The baby SUV with a grown-up style
The Vauxhall Crossland X is the baby of the Vauxhall SUV range just beneath the popular Mokka X. The Crossland X is a surprisingly spacious SUV given its size and is also rather stylish and ideal for driving into town or dropping the kids off at school.
The Crossland X is aimed at families and not explorers, which is why Vauxhall has opted to give the Crossland X a front-wheel-drive system with no option to have with four-wheel drive, unlike the Mokka X which you can choose either. Vauxhall has also styled the Crossland X a little softer and less rugged than the Mokka X as if to emphasise that it is not intended for all-terrain action as the Mokka is.
Vauxhall has created an SUV with great curb appeal and the versatility and practicality to suit most families. It comes with a generous amount of equipment as standard, along with a competitive price bracket, to help it compete against its main rivals such as the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and Ford EcoSport.
The Crossland X comes with a choice of five trim levels; Griffin, Sri Nav, Business Edition Nav, Elite and finally Elite Nav. All come with a variety of fixtures and fittings so there should be a Vauxhall Crossland X package to suit most people.
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Engines, Power and Performance
There are several different engine choices when selecting your Crossland X. There are three petrol and two diesel options, but at the moment, no hybrid or all-electric engines. All engines are limited when it comes to outright performance and power, but that's not what the Crossland X is all about.
Let's kick off with the diesel engines, both of which share the same 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged units with two different power outputs, 102hp and 120hp. Both engines come with an impressive 250Nm of torque, which is handy when you want to do a quick overtake. The 102hp version will hit 0-60mph in 11secs while the 120hp offering will reduce this down to 10.8secs.
The entry-level petrol engine is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder non-turbocharged block, developing 83hp and 118Nm of torque. It will take an uninspiring 13.6secs to get from 0-60mph, so no racing at the traffic lights.
Next up we have the mid-range 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine which generates 110hp and 205Nm of torque. Thanks to the added turbo this brings the 0-60mph time down to a more acceptable 10.2secs.
Finally, we have the most powerful petrol offering, a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine developing 130hp and 230Nm of torque, which brings the 0-60mph time down just to 9.3secs.
As was mentioned earlier, all Crossland X's come with FWD as standard with no option to have a 4WD set-up. There is, however, a choice of transmissions to choose from; you can opt for either a five-speed manual, a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The five-speed manual is standard and only available with the smallest petrol engine (83hp). For me, the favoured transmission would be the six-speed manual as the automatic is not the smoothest nor most responsive.
Interior Quality and Technology
The interior of the Crossland X is pretty similar to that found in the new Vauxhall Astra, sharing some of the latest tech but not all. The build quality and material used are ok, not up to the standard of the Astra, as there are more hard plastics and cheaper parts used, which to be fair is reflected in the price of the SUV.
What you do get as standard though is a great selection of kit including a 7-inch IntelliLink colour touchscreen as part of the infotainment system. Other standard features include DAB radio, smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity and Vauxhall's OnStar, which is used for emergency response in the event of a crash or breakdown.
Opt for one of the NAV models, and you get a larger 8-inch colour touchscreen to support the in-built sat-nav system.
The optional upgrades available for your Crossland X include; a Road Angled Dash Cam ranging from 1080P full HD camera with 16GB memory to a 2K Full HD with 32GB memory with prices from just £160 up to top-spec £260. This is a great feature, especially in this day and age for extra peace of mind in case you are ever in an accident which is not your fault, you will have recorded evidence of the incident.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The Crossland X is much roomier inside than the outside suggests. There is plenty of legroom and headroom for large adults along with a decent amount of shoulder space, so as not to be brushing against each other in the front. The front doors open wide, giving easy access for young or old occupants and making it hassle-free to climb in and out.
In the back, there is again a generous amount of room to fit a couple of adults comfortably. It is roomier than most of its main rivals such as the Renault Captur, although when you try to squeeze a third person into the middle seat, it can get a little tight. Vauxhall offers an optional package which enables the rear seats to slide back allowing for more legroom. This is a particularly useful option if you know you'll be transporting adult/tall passengers regularly.
There are a variety of useful storage cubbies throughout the cabin, such as a couple of cup holders in the front, door pockets front and rear and glovebox. The boot is very good and thanks to its square shape and low loading lip, it makes getting heavy items such as luggage a simple task. It has a capacity of 410-litres which is impressive and is bigger than that found in much larger cars such as the BMW 3 Series or Ford Kuga. It has a larger boot capacity than its big brother the Vauxhall Mokka X, which comes in with a capacity of 356-litres.
The Crossland X scored a top 5-star rating at the Euro NCAP safety tests thanks to the wide range of standard safety features each model has, as well as various upgrades and additional extras. Some of the standard safety features are; Lane Departure Warning, traffic sign recognition and display, hill start assist and Switchable Electronic Stability Program (ESP).
Overall the Crossland X is an excellent alternative to the standard small family hatchback, offering more space and practicality combining with a stylish exterior design. If you are looking for a quality family car with lots of features and good curb appeal then the Crossland X is certainly excellent value for money.