Vauxhall Grandland X (2020) - Vauxhall's largest SUV
The Grandland X is the largest SUV in the Vauxhall family circle, sitting above the Mokka X and Crossland X. The Grandland X is a handsome looking family SUV with plenty of character and charm, making it pleasing on the eye but also fun to live with.
Vauxhall released the Grandland X rather late to the SUV party, just a few years ago in 2017. However, the Grandland X quickly gained traction in the sales department, as potential buyers were excited by its fresh modern looks and excellent value for money. Sales of the Grandland X are improving year on year, so much so that it has broken into the top ten best selling cars in the UK list in 2020.
Vauxhall finds themselves sharing the market with some fantastic family SUV's from rival manufacturers, in what is one of the most tightly fought class ranges. The Grandland X is going up against the likes of the Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Renault Kadjar and Volkswagen Tiguan to name just a few but the list can feel endless, it's that competitive.
The Grandland X comes with a selection of driver technology as standard, along with a variety of engine options and a multitude of trim levels to choose from. In fact, there is a total of ten different trim levels, so finding one to suit your needs couldn't be easier. Trim levels range from the SE Premium up to the top-spec Ultimate Nav Hybrid4.
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Engines, Power and Performance
There are several different engines available when selecting a new Grandland X. You can opt for petrol, diesel or a pick of two plug-in hybrid engines, all of which offer impressive levels of performance and fuel economy.
Vauxhall has opted to use a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which increases the overall MPG compared with a four-cylinder petrol engine. It produces 130hp and 230Nm of torque and can be paired with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Choosing the manual will result in a 0-62mph time of 9.5secs while the automatic transmission achieves the feat in 9.8secs.
The diesel offering is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo engine which develops 130hp and 300Nm of torque. As with the petrol engine, the diesel can also be paired to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Using the manual transmission, the Grandland X will hit 0-62mph in 10.2secs while the automatic reduces the time to 9.9secs.
We now come to the new hybrid engines, of which there are two offerings. The first is the standard hybrid, which combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor which works together to generate 225hp and 360Nm of torque. It will sprint from 0-62mph in 8.6secs and will reach a top speed of 140mph.
The second hybrid is named the Hybrid4 due to it being the only Grandland X model fitted with an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, and every other model is fitted with front-wheel-drive (FWD). The Hybrid4 uses the same 1.6-litre petrol engine as in the other hybrid but gains an additional electric motor. Having two electric motors combined with the petrol engine gives the Hybrid4 a power output of 300hp and 520Nm of torque. Thanks to the extra power and AWD system increasing grip, the Hybrid4 will zoom from 0-62mph in just 5.9secs
Both hybrid versions benefit from an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard, including paddle gear shifters behind the steering wheel in case you wanted to change gears yourself.
Interior Quality and Technology
The interior of the Grandland X is refined and minimalist, with physical buttons and dials reduced to a minimum. It makes the dashboard clutter-free, and Vauxhall has used plenty of plush fixtures and fittings to give the Grandland X a finish not far short of that found in some of the more premium brands in its class. On the lower spec models though it can feel a little dark, due to the amount of black plastics and trim accents used. The higher up the trim ladder, the more metal/aluminium trim pieces you get to help contrast and brighten up the interior.
The Grandland X SE Premium trim level comes with Vauxhall's R4.0 IntelliLink infotainment system, with a 7-inch colour touchscreen. All other models come with a larger 8-inch colour touchscreen supporting the Navi 5.0 IntelliLink infotainment system, with an in-built sat-nav system. Standard features across all trim levels include DAB Radio, Bluetooth Connectivity, smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, parking sensors and multi-adjustable front seats.
As you move up the trim levels more and more, features and assists are included as standard, most of which can also be added as optional extras as part of additional packs. Some of the extras include a wireless smartphone charging pad and the Tech Pack which features a rear-view camera and Advanced Park Assist among many others. You will be able to pick or tailor a Grandland X to satisfy all your requirements.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The Grandland X is deceptively spacious inside, and families will have no trouble fitting in with all their luggage or camping equipment when ready for a holiday. In the front, there are soft and comfortable seats, both of which have a wide range of adjustment, either manual or electronically. There is plenty of headroom and legroom to satisfy any sized occupant, and enough shoulder space to stop you bumping into each other.
In the back, again, space is plentiful with an impressive amount of legroom and headroom to rival any of its main competitors. The middle, of the three rear seats, is roomy and has added floor space than that found in most other cars in its class, thanks to its flat transmissions tunnel and will accommodate an adult with relative ease.
The boot space is not class-leading but still impressive and will provide more than enough space to carry a family set of luggage or other large items. It has a capacity of 514-litres, which can rise to 1652-litres with the rear seats folded down. The hybrid models have a slightly smaller boot due to the additional space needed for the battery packs but still manage a capacity of 390-litres and 1528-litres.
With a vast array of safety features and assists, most of which come as standard, it's no surprise that the Vauxhall Grandland X scored a top 5-star rating at the Euro NCAP safety tests. Some of the standard safety features include; Hill Start Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Speed Sign Recognition and multiple airbags. There are various optional safety packages and assists some of which come as standard on higher-spec models such as blindspot monitoring and dashcam.
Overall the Vauxhall Grandland X is a superb family SUV with modern styling and is laden with the latest Vauxhall technologies. It's a cool, trendy SUV which will put a smile on the face of every family member.