Vauxhall Grandland X Review

Gumtree Rating

4.5 rating

Vauxhall’s largest SUV, the Grandland X is built on the same platform as the Peugeot 3008. A relatively new car, it was released in 2017 and offers a comfortable and composed ride, with plenty of room inside. With nearly 200,000 sold in Europe to date, the Grandland X has clearly won people over with its smart design and wide range of trims and engines that make it easy to personalise. Although the driving experience is a bit lacklustre, Vauxhall’s crafty combination of French tech, upmarket interiors and go-anywhere appeal make for a well-rounded family SUV.

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What we think about the Vauxhall Grandland X

The Vauxhall Grandland X is impressive in terms of design and tech, but it’s slightly lacking in character.

Pros

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Smooth ride

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Spacious upmarket interiors

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Good choice of engines

Cons

Expensive top-spec models

Lacking in terms of driving pleasure

As the Grandland X is a relatively new car, it hasn’t undergone many facelifts or revisions. Engine choice includes one petrol, one diesel and two hybrids. You can also pick from four trims: Business Edition Nav, SE Premium, Griffin and Ultimate Nav.

Driving performance of the Vauxhall Grandland X

Our Driving Rating7 / 10

If you’re in the SUV market for a fun driving experience, you might have to look elsewhere. But if you just want a family car that offers a great suspension system, is easy to drive and feels light to steer, the Vauxhall Grandland X is the perfect choice. One thing to note is that the plug-in hybrid has a stiffer set of dampers than the conventional engines in order to make up for the extra weight from the battery pack. All in all, expect a safe and predictable ride that’s equally good on motorways and city streets.

Safety and reliability of the Vauxhall Grandland X

Our Safety Rating8 / 10

Thanks to the availability of electronic safety equipment as standard, the Vauxhall Grandland X scored the full five stars on the Euro NCAP safety tests. You get top-notch safety features like speed-sign recognition, lane-departure warning system and rear parking sensors even on base-level trims. Plus, Isofix points make it easy and safe to fit car seats for children. Optional safety equipment includes LED daytime running lights and autonomous emergency braking.

Under the bonnet of the Vauxhall Grandland X

Our Engine Rating9 / 10

The Grandland X offers one petrol, one diesel and two hybrid engines. Both the 1.2-lire petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel churn out exactly 126 bhp, and they’re almost identical in terms of performance – though the petrol clocks 0-60 mph in 10.2 seconds, while the diesel takes 11.1 seconds. In pre-2018 models, the 1.6-litre diesel takes 11.8 seconds. Note that you can expect bigger savings from the diesel engine if you’re going to cover significant miles. The hybrid models use a 1.6-litre petrol engine, and you can choose between front-wheel and all-wheel drive. Churning out 225 bhp, both options sprint from 0-60 mph in just 8.6 seconds.

What you'll find in the Vauxhall Grandland X

Our Design Rating8 / 10

There’s no doubt that the Grandland X is a good-looking car. Bulky styling with sculpted wheel arches and lots of cleverly designed cladding adds to its appeal. There’s just a hint of adventure in terms of the look, but nothing that’s noticeably bold. It’s fairly conservative overall and doesn’t do much to stand out in the overcrowded segment. The Peugeot 3008, based on the same platform, is probably the better looking of the two – but the Grandland X certainly holds its own.

Comfort and interiors in the Vauxhall Grandland X

Our Comfort Rating9 / 10

The Grandland X scores a big win in terms of practicality and is quite spacious inside, with plenty of headroom for all passengers on board. The ergonomic seats in particular offer great long-distance comfort, making the car perfectly suited for family road trips. Lots of cubby holes for your odds and ends add to the convenience, and with 514 litres of boot space, it scores well against competitors. All in all, you can expect a quiet and comfortable journey with the Grandland X.

Blue Vauxhall Grandland X Interior

What features you'll find in the Vauxhall Grandland X

Our Features Rating8 / 10

The Grandland X is generously packed in terms of standard tech. Every model including the base-level trims comes with a colour touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for in-car infotainment. The dashboard is neatly organised and the buttons are easy to adjust. You can also expect plush, soft-to-the-touch materials in the high-quality interior. Vauxhall’s Navi 5.0 IntelliLink system, which is available on the costlier trims, offers live traffic updates and road safety alerts – a worthwhile add-on for some, but you can also just connect to the satnav on your phone. Upgrading to the top-tier trims will get you audio upgrades, climate control and a large sunroof.

What fuel efficiency to expect from the Vauxhall Grandland X

Our Fuel Consumption Rating8 / 10

All engines on the Grandland X are fairly efficient. With manual transmissions, the diesel claims a return of up to 54.3 mpg, while the petrol manages 45.6 mpg. Going for the automatic transmissions means those numbers come out three or four mpg lower. The hybrids are of course the most efficient and deliver 188.3 mpg (although you may see slightly lower real-world numbers), with an all-electric range of 35 miles. All in all, it’s an affordable car to run no matter what variant you choose.

Running costs of the Vauxhall Grandland X

Our Cost Rating8 / 10

Solid efficiency across the engine range will help to keep fuel costs down, and insurance won’t be too much of a burden either, with the Grandland X falling into insurance groups 15-24 (with most in groups 15-18). The Vauxhall warranty is a fairly industry-standard three-year/60,000-mile deal – not as impressive as offerings from Kia and Hyundai, but not bad. Repairs and maintenance won’t set you back too much compared to more luxury rivals, and reliability for the Grandland X is good overall.

Our verdict of the Vauxhall Grandland X

4.5 rating

4.5 / 5 Gumtree rating

Offering a good choice of engines, a comfortable ride, and lots of tech, the Vauxhall Grandland X is a top performer in the family-SUV market.