The Grandland X completes Vauxhall’s trio of SUV models and is the biggest of the siblings. It is available in generously-equipped trim levels and powered by a choice of petrol or diesel engines as well as plug-in hybrid versions with 2WD or 4WD. The Grandland X is a fabulous all-rounder that is competitively priced too.
The goodStylish, robust design and generously equipped
The badFierce competition from rivals
Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 – first drive (2020)
VAUXHALL is embracing the prospect of cleaner driving with the launch of the new Grandland X Hybrid4 – the company’s first ever plug-in hybrid model to date.
And since Vauxhall was recently taken over by the PSA group, with all its experience in this field, we can expect to see lots more of this proven technology introduced across the range.
As the original Grandland X model was actually based on a PSA platform it comes as little surprise that the full-sized, five-door SUV is the first Vauxhall to incorporate the cleaner powertrain set-up – and it does it all rather well.
The vehicle features a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that works in tandem with two electric motors delivering a combined output of 300hp. It has all-wheel drive capabilities and can sprint to 60mph from a standing start in just 5.9 seconds, maxing out at 146mph while delivering a combined 204mpg (WLTP) with carbon emissions of just 34g/km.
Buyers can choose from four richly-equipped trim levels called Business Edition Nav, SRi Nav, Elite Nav and Ultimate Nav with prices starting from £36,790 and rising to £46,650.
Measuring 4.5 metres in length, the Grandland X Hybrid4 is a good looking family car with muscular styling and lots of eye-catching design cues, including a bold upright profile, signature double blade LED lights, a distinctive crease in the bonnet, chunky wheel mouldings and a large front grille where the company’s Griffin badge is supported by two chrome wings.
Move inside and the interior is ultra-modern and neatly designed with a wealth of on-board technology to explore. Depending upon trim level selected, expect to see the likes of a smart eight-inch infotainment system full sat nav with European mapping, heated front seats, advanced park assist, smartphone integration, Bluetooth, dual zone climate control and lots more besides.
All the hybrid-specific information, such as charging levels and power distribution, can be accessed and viewed at a glance and there is a very handy e-Save function that allows the driver to reserve energy to ensure it can be driven in EV-only mode when travelling through a zero-emissions zone. It is possible to save six or 12 miles, or reserve all the battery energy.
The vehicle features an electrified eight-speed transmission and four drive modes – Electric, Hybrid, AWD and Sport. In pure EV mode it can travel up to 35 miles, then switch across to Hybrid and the car automatically selects the most efficient driving method so will, for example, go into all-electric when travelling at lower speeds.
Sport mode combines the power of the combustion engine and the electric motor for a more dynamic performance and All-Wheel Drive mode is there to offer extra traction and reassurance when travelling in more adverse driving and weather conditions.
We put the all-new Grandland X Hybrid4 in Ultimate Nav grade through its paces on a variety of road routes and even ventured away from the comforts of the Tarmac. And in fairness, the car didn’t disappoint.
It starts up and pulls away in the absolute silence of EV-mode. Then out on the faster-moving country lanes and B roads, the acceleration through the automatic gearbox proved smooth and responsive with a constant stream of power on tap to make light work of overtaking at short notice. The road holding was super-grippy and, provided sharper and longer bends were given a certain degree of respect, body roll was kept to a minimum too.
In busy villages and town centres, the upright driving position resulted in excellent all-round visibility and parking the largest SUV in Vauxhall’s line-up was made easier thanks to the reversing camera and sensors.
We also took the car off the beaten track and the AWD mode offered ample grip as the car powered through a boggy course in all-electric mode.
Comfort levels within the car are impressive with ample space for a couple of adults to stretch out – add a third and it gets a little cosy but is still acceptable.
The boot is well sized and can accommodate 390 litres of kit – a limit that increases to 1,528 litres with the 60:40 split-folding rear seats dropped flat. There are also a number of practical storage compartments scattered throughout the cabin, although the glovebox is tiny so don’t plan on putting too much in there.
When it comes to charging, the Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 is supplied with a small 3.7kW on-board charger with the option of buying a more powerful 7.4kW version which would result in full charging in less than two hours.
In addition, you can pre-programme the vehicle for delayed charging so if it is plugged in overnight you can time it just right to benefit from lower electricity costs.
The Grandland X Hybrid4 boasts a range of safety kit to protect occupants and pedestrians as well as preventing accidents happening in the first place. Specifications, dependant once again on trim level, include forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, driver drowsiness detection, high beam assist and plenty more besides.
With the latest plug-in Hybrid model available in either two or four-wheel drive guise, there is ample choice for customers and Vauxhall continues to offer the Grandland X with petrol or diesel powertrains too.
So, Vauxhall’s first venture into plug-in hybrid technology is definitely a successful one and there is lots more to come with plans in the pipeline for a fully electric Corsa, Mokka X, Vivaro Life and a Vivaro van.
Vauxhall Grandland X Ultimate (2018) – first drive
Vauxhall has launched a new range-topping Ultimate edition into its sporty Grandland X line-up and it looks most impressive.
The Grandland X Ultimate, priced from £34,040, is powered by a 2.0-litre 177PS diesel engine mated to a new eight-speed automatic gearbox which can deliver combined fuel economy of 57.6mpg with carbon emissions 128g/km.
The athletic, yet muscular design of the Grandland X is guaranteed to turn heads and the Ultimate model tested boasted 19-inch diamond cut alloys, a black roof and door mirrors, a panoramic glass roof, sculpted wheel arches, LED daytime running lights, dark tinted rear windows, the signature Vauxhall crease in the bonnet, a bold grille housing the Vauxhall Griffin and premium quality lights.
Although the higher-end Grandland X models are already generously equipped with the likes of wireless mobile phone charging, a Denon premium sound system and adaptive cruise control, the Ultimate versions introduce luxurious touches such as a 360-degree Panoramic Camera, heated rear seats, leather upholstery, heated sports seats, a heated steering wheel and the premium LED adaptive forward lighting pack with projector headlights.
When it comes to driving dynamics and performance, the Grandland X is a competent all-rounder and can sprint to 60mph from a standing start in 9.1 seconds before maxing out at 133mph. The acceleration through the automatic gearbox is smooth and responsive and there is a constant supply of power on tap which helps to make light work of overtaking at short notice.
In congested town centres, the elevated driving position is a plus factor with cars and pedestrians darting out from all angles and the advanced park assist will make you look the complete expert when squeezing into a tight parking space. Then out on faster motorways and country lanes, the Grandland X is also accomplished. It can easily hold its own alongside fast-moving traffic and the road-holding is confident and assured for an SUV-styled vehicle. There is a little body sway if bends are attacked too enthusiastically and noise levels within the cabin increase at higher speeds with additional engine, road surface and wind sounds filtering through.
Comfort levels are good with powered seats and lots of steering wheel adjustment available to find the ideal driving position. And there is ample room for three passengers to stretch out in the back of the car with plenty of leg, head and shoulder space. Being an SUV, the Grandland X needs to be practical and it is. The boot, complete with a powered tailgate, has a capacity ranging from 514 litres to 1,652 litres with the 60:40 split-folding rear seats dropped flat. Elsewhere there are a number of convenient storage options scattered throughout the car including deep cup holders, a glovebox, door pockets and a central bin where the wireless phone charger can be found.
Safety features are comprehensive too and include anti-lock brakes, lane departure warning, speed sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, traction control with hill start assist, tyre monitoring and six airbags. It’s also worth noting that the Grandland X achieved the maximum five stars when it was tested for its Euro NCAP safety rating.
Unfortunately, due to the unique wheel design on the Ultimate model, it cannot be fitted with Vauxhall’s rather clever IntelliGrip traction control system that offers extra grip in a range of challenging terrains such as snow, mud and sand.
But it is available with Vauxhall’s excellent OnStar service which connects the driver to a ‘real’ person at Luton who is like your personal assistant offering all sorts of advice and tips. If, for example, you want to find a restaurant, hotel supermarket or petrol station, you simply call them up, have a chat and they will download the directions straight to the vehicle’s sat nav system. In addition, they are there to offer assistance if the vehicle is stolen, breaks down or is involved in an accident whereby your GPS location can be sent to the emergency services.
All in all, the Grandland X Ultimate is another contender for sales in the fiercely competitive and pretty crowded SUV sector. Yes, there are more dynamic options out there and more refined models too, but the Vauxhall is an attractive all-round package and certainly worth a look.
Vauxhall Grandland X – first drive (2017)
Vauxhall has introduced a completely new model into the SUV sector and it is hoping the vehicle will prove it’s got the X factor.
That’s because the Grandland X completes the company’s trio of SUV cars joining the Mokka X and recently launched Crossland X, but as its name suggests, the Grandland is the daddy of the line-up.
At almost 4.5 metres in length, it features a striking, robust, upright design with flowing body lines, chunky wheel mouldings, a central crease in the bonnet, smart alloys, signature double blade LED lights and a large grille where the Griffin badge is supported by two neat chrome wings. A smart contrasting black-coloured roof can be selected as a £320 option.
The interior is also impressive in its design and layout with ample room for five adults to sit comfortably with plenty of leg, head and shoulder space in the back seats. The boot is generously sized too with a capacity of 514 litres increased to 1,652 litres with the 60:40 split-folding rear seats dropped flat and there are numerous storage compartments scattered throughout the cabin. Don’t expect to store too much in the glovebox as it’s tiny, but there are other places to tuck bits and bobs away out of sight.
The Grandland X is available in two-wheel drive only with prices starting from £22,310 and rising to £28,035 (an automatic gearbox adds £1,500 to these costs). There are four trim levels to choose from called SE, Tech Line Nav, Sport Nav and Elite Nav, and all are generously equipped with either a seven or eight-inch colour touchscreen, a sat nav system with European mapping, dual zone climate control, ambient lighting, Bluetooth connectivity and plenty more besides. Upper trim levels see the addition of an eight-speaker Denon premium sound system, wireless charging and a powered tailgate with kick-gesture or key fob opening function.
At launch the choice of engines to drive the Grandland X is limited to a 1.2-litre 130PS petrol powertrain or a 1.6-litre 120PS diesel option with either six-speed manual or automatic gearbox, but it’s worth noting that Vauxhall has announced extra engines will be added to the range.
Safety features, either standard or optional, are comprehensive and include the likes of a forward collision alert system with pedestrian detection and autonomous emergency braking. There is adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, a driver drowsiness alert system, traffic sign recognition and lots more.
The car also introduces Vauxhall’s innovative IntelliGrip traction control system, whereby the optional electronic system ensures optimum road grip in diverse driving situations with different modes to cope with changing conditions. These are called Normal, Snow, Mud, Sand and ESP off.
And, like all new Vauxhall models these days, it offers the OnStar service which connects a driver to a real person at Luton who is like your personal assistant and can offer guidance tips about the location along with directions that can be downloaded directly to your sat nav system. In addition, they are there to advise if the vehicle is stolen, breaks down or is involved in an accident.
We tested out the Grandland X on a lengthy road route that incorporated busy town centres, motorways and country lanes.
We chose the all-singing, all-dancing Grandland X 1.6-litre 120PS Turbo diesel model in range-topping Elite Nav spec. This car was priced at £28,035 (£29,360 with options). It could sprint from 0 to 60mph in 11.8 seconds, topped out at 117mph and, according to official figures, delivers combined fuel efficiency of 65.7mpg with carbon emissions of 111g/km.
The Grandland X certainly looks the business and the interior has a truly premium feel to it with a soft-touch dashboard and a neat, clutter-free layout. The dashboard has a layered effect with the upper section housing the infotainment system, the middle section is for the climate control and the lower section is the driving controls and vehicle set-up functions.
It’s very simple to get a good driving position thanks to generous seat and steering wheel adjustment and all the controls are perfectly positioned for driver usability. The elevated driving position means good all-round visibility which is vital on a family car that is likely to put in regular appearances on the school run.
Vauxhall has been clever with the finer touches too such as a ledge to rest your hand on when using the touchscreen. It can be difficult to change a radio station or programme an address into the sat nav whilst on the move and a steady hand makes this process a lot simpler.
The test car featured a six-speed manual gearbox which proved both smooth and responsive and the Grandland X easily cruised at motorway speeds. It also showed its agile side with good manoeuvrability as it weaved its way through busy town centres.
We did find the car was a tad bouncy and there was a certain degree of body roll if pushed too enthusiastically into tight bends, but it was noted that the 19-inch wheels might be a little too big for the car and that was reflected in the ride quality. In fact, we drove the same powered car on 18-inch wheels a little later and the road-holding and general handling seemed more confident and assured.
Another slight gripe is the gear stick. Whilst the chunky grab handle-style gear knob looks fabulous and is great as you shift up through the gears and back down again, finding reverse means adjusting your hand position completely and it was quite difficult at times.
All in all though, the Grandland X is another great challenger in the SUV segment and Vauxhall is hoping to attract buyers away from models such as the Ford Kuga and Kia Sportage.