Vauxhall Crossland X Review

Gumtree Rating

4.0 rating

In 2017, Vauxhall bowed to the inexorable tide of compact SUV rivals and discontinued its small MPV, the Meriva. In the Meriva’s place, the British manufacturer introduced the Vauxhall Crossland X. It’s based on the underpinnings of the pre-2019 Peugeot 2008, though you wouldn’t tell by looking at it from the outside. It’s styled as a funky crossover for buyers tempted by the Astra or Corsa but looking for a bit more attitude. It’s not as cool as Vauxhall’s other small SUV, the Mokka, but it’s more practical, bigger, and cheaper.

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What we think about the Vauxhall Crossland X

The Vauxhall Crossland X bridges the gap between MPV and SUV, offering family practicality along with a sporty look.



Spacious, practical interior


Generous list of standard kit


Decent 1.2-litre petrol engine


Wind noise at high speeds

AEB is an optional extra

Rivals can be more fun to drive

The Crossland X made its debut in 2017. It got a facelift in 2020, with the X dropped from the name, some striking updates to the front end and a sprinkling of black plastic cladding. It’s offered in six levels of trim: SE, SE Nav Premium, SRI Nav, Elite Nav and Ultimate Nav.

Driving performance of the Vauxhall Crossland X

Our Driving Rating6 / 10

The entry-level non-turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine delivers 82 bhp, which isn’t a lot considering the high profile of the car and its consequent lack of aerodynamics. This engine will take 14 seconds to get you from 0 to 60 – if you fancy trimming that to 10.5 seconds there’s a 108 bhp turbo-charged 1.2-litre available, plus a 128 bhp turbo that shaves off a further second. Drivers looking for thrills behind the wheel might find more in the Ford Puma or even a lower-slung conventional hatchback such as the Astra. However, the Crossland X’s quick, responsive steering is great for weaving through urban traffic.

Safety and reliability of the Vauxhall Crossland X

Our Safety Rating8 / 10

The Crossland X was awarded the full five stars from Euro NCAP in 2017, scoring 85% for adult safety and 84% for child safety. It’s kitted out with a suite of modern safety systems, including cruise control, ABS and tyre pressure monitoring as standard across the range. The fact that it shares so many tried-and-tested parts with the Peugeot 2008 counts in its favour when it comes to reliability.

Under the bonnet of the Vauxhall Crossland X

Our Engine Rating8 / 10

It’s well worth stepping up from the entry-level engine, as the 1.2-litre petrol engine delivers a big boost to performance in both its 108 bhp and 128 bhp versions. You can feel the power of the latter engine, particularly in the low gears. There are also 1.5-litre diesel engines available, producing 109 bhp and 118 bhp. These are less refined than their petrol counterparts, but they deliver a performance that’s almost as good along with highly impressive claimed economy figures.

What you'll find in the Vauxhall Crossland X

Our Design Rating8 / 10

While the Crossland X’s designers wanted a piece of SUV styling action, they were careful to keep the car recognisably a Vauxhall. Elements from other models in the marque’s line-up have been incorporated – the roof resembles the Adam around the rear three-quarters, and can be a different colour from the body, while the sculpting of the flanks borrows from the Insignia. The 2020 facelift brought in the ‘Vizor’ frontend that is set to become standard on all Vauxhalls, integrating the grille, headlights and brand logo in one module across the car’s face.

Comfort and interiors in the Vauxhall Crossland X

Our Comfort Rating6 / 10

The smart-looking interior of the Crossland X is similar to the Ford Puma’s, with a nice soft-touch dashboard top and an ergonomic steering wheel. Analogue instruments are easy to read, with a small digital screen between the dials for fuel consumption, media and phone compatibility. The crisp and bright 7.0-inch colour touchscreen with DAB radio and smartphone mirroring come as standard. Head and shoulder room is decent in all seats, though long-legged passengers might find the back seats a bit of a squeeze.

white vauxhall crossland x back seats

What features you'll find in the Vauxhall Crossland X

Our Features Rating8 / 10

The entry-level SE trim gets you 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic lights, daytime running lights and front fog lights. Inside there’s electronic climate control and one-touch electric windows. Stepping up to higher-level trims brings things like front and rear parking sensors, sport seats and leather interiors. There is a Nav version on each trim, which adds satnav to the other features. Vauxhall’s OnStar service is integrated into the infotainment system. It’s able to call the emergency services in the event of an accident or immobilise the vehicle (once the engine has been turned off) if it’s stolen.

What fuel efficiency to expect from the Vauxhall Crossland X

Our Fuel Consumption Rating8 / 10

The economy figures for the diesels will make the cost-conscious buyer sit up – the best performer on this front, the entry-level diesel, will deliver a claimed 61.4 mpg. The most economical of the petrols is the 128 bhp turbocharged petrol, with a claimed 49.5 mpg when used with a six-speed manual gearbox. The entry-level petrol engine isn’t far behind that.

Running costs of the Vauxhall Crossland X

Our Cost Rating7 / 10

The various versions of the Crossland X sit in insurance groups ranging from 8 up to 19. Depreciation should be slower than for many other cars in this class, with the car likely to hang on to around 40% of its value after three years.

Our verdict of the Vauxhall Crossland X

4.0 rating

4 / 5 Gumtree rating

The Vauxhall Crossland X is a practical and economical family car, with a look that will woo buyers with a sense of adventure.