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 this unless I had a very good reason not to.
The 1.2 is extraordinarily quieter, to the point where you can forget to change up one or more gears simply because there are no sound effects suggesting you should. (This happened to me several times. I only realised something was wrong when I spotted that the revcounter needle was pointing in a direction it oughtn’t to.)
This engine is also much lighter than the diesel. Superior dynamics should result from this, though some manufacturers – notably Ford, and sometimes Vauxhall itself – somehow fail to take advantage of it. Not so in the Grandland X. The 1.2’s ride and handling are not all they might be, but they are so much better than those of the diesel that they feel like two completely different cars.
Of course, the diesel beats the 1.2 for fuel economy every day and twice on Sundays. Still, I averaged around 42mpg in the test car over a week and was happy with that.
The Grandland X has less luggage space than the 3008, but more than the sector-leading Nissan Qashqai. The capacity is 514 with the rear seats up, 1652 when they’re folded. Raising those seats requires some effort in the leather-upholstered Elite Nav, and you have to hold the seatbelts out of the way as they will disappear from view entirely if you don’t. This isn’t a problem with most SUVs these days, so I hope Vauxhall is working on a fix.
You can have a Grandland X for £22,845, but not in this spec. The Elite Nav is the most expensive and best-equipped version, with 19″ inch wheels, heated front seats with power adjustment for the driver, a panoramic camera, advanced park assist and blind spot alert.
Without extras, it costs £26,660 in 1.2-litre form. Wireless charging, a heated windscreen, a spare wheel, roof rails, metallic paint and the Winter Pack 2 option raised the price of the test car to £27,895.
Engine size 1199cc
Top speed 117mph
0-62mph 11.1 seconds
Fuel economy 52.3mpg combined
CO2 emissions 124g/km
Towing capacity 1350kg (braked)
Euro NCAP (2017) Overall 5 stars Adult occupant 84% Child occupant 87% Pedestrian 63% Safety assist 60%
Information correct at publication date