Vauxhall Grandland X 1.2 Elite Nav

Vauxhall Grandland X.

As you are no doubt aware by now, the Grandland X is the largest of Vauxhall’s three current SUVs and a very close relative of the Peugeot 3008, created by GM Europe’s new owner Groupe PSA. Although the cars are not identical, a good deal of French technology is common to both. Most obviously, this includes the test car’s 128bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine. A less powerful, more economical 1.6 diesel is also available, but whether I bought a Grandland X or a 3008 I would shy away from…

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Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer 2.0D 4×4

White Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer on a narrow grass-lined road.

The first Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer disappeared from the market so soon after its launch that you might not have noticed it was there at all. Except in the case of a limited-edition model, this is not an experience any manufacturer would choose to repeat, so the fact that Vauxhall has introduced a new Country Tourer suggests some confidence that this one will be more successful. The old and the new are very different, because Insignias are no longer what they once were. A new model arrived earlier this year,…

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Vauxhall Astra 1.6i 200PS Elite Nav

Vauxhall Astra 1.6i 200PS Elite Nav.

What a curious piece of work this is. In times gone by a road-going Vauxhall Astra with 197bhp would have been described as a hot hatch (not many years after it would have been described as impossible), yet today there is an example with almost no sporting pretensions whatever. It’s called the 1.6i 200PS Elite Nav, and it sits alongside a non-Nav version which is the one for you if you want to save a few quid and always know where you’re going. Its turbo petrol engine is strong enough…

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Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.0 SRi Nav

Front three-quarter view of red Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer parked on gravel near water.

The biggest problem facing potential buyers of a medium-sized estate car is that there are so many good ones to choose from. Vauxhall complicated the issue still further earlier this year when it launched the Sports Tourer version of its already award-winning latest-generation Astra which, if not the ultimate expression of the art, is at least a very strong contender. Like the hatch, it’s a good-looking car whose attractiveness unfortunately comes at the expense of visibility; the thick windscreen pillars and tiny rear side windows are just wrong, though I…

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