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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 Grandland X

Action shot of blue Vauxhall Grandland X on a tree-lined road.

Although it wasn’t particularly surprising, it was still odd to hear at the press conference preceding the UK media launch of the Grandland X that the Astra is starting to be seen as a minority-interest car. In its various forms over nearly four decades, the Astra has been a core part of Vauxhall’s line-up, and to a large extent it still is. The most recent figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that the Astra is the sixth most popular car of any sort in the…

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