Grandland X Elite Nav 1.2 Turbo


With production commencing in 1903, Vauxhall can proudly claim to be one of Britain’s formative motor manufacturers which in its initial decades rivalled the like of Rolls-Royce and Daimler. In 1925 Vauxhall, along with Opel of Germany, was acquired by the American giant General Motors.

machine has enviable tenacity. It’s sensible not to ignore the optional All Weather Pack at a mere £50 which gives the car its added grip which can be tuned via a console- mounted selector to address challenging surfaces. While not a 4x4 system it nonetheless affords maximum traction courtesy of its sand, snow and mud modes. With its generous ground clearance and commanding stance, the Vauxhall is adept at coping with the vagaries of scantily maintained highways and pothole-ridden country roads.

The Grandland X on test is the largest of Vauxhall’s new generation SUV-type models and sits above the Mokka X and Crossland X, its development and introduction emerging on a running tide in the wake of the marque’s procurement in 2017 by PSA, parent company to Peugeot, Citroën and DS Automobiles. In a market that’s spoilt for choice with similar types of vehicle to satisfy an undiminishing demand by motorists wanting crossovers and all-wheel drive carry-alls, this capable front-wheel drive


Beneath the skin, the purposeful-looking Grandland X gets the same platform as Peugeot’s 3008 compact SUV and its bigger 5008 sibling in addition to the DS7 and Citroën’s C5 Aircross. The Vauxhall also gets the same engine choices as other PSA offerings, the test car having the exceptionally smooth and responsive 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit which outsells the diesel options. The 5-door Grandland is amply proportioned and benefits from a roomy cabin and capacious boot that swallows copious amounts of luggage, but don’t think for a moment that the three-pot petrol engine isn’t sufficiently robust to provide spirited performance and relaxed long-distance touring. PSA’s 1199cc trio is an engineering masterpiece which as well as providing a top speed of 117mph and 0-60mph acceleration in 9.5 seconds, also reveals an impressive fuel economy in excess of 43mpg on the combined cycle.

Though related to its arguably avant-garde PSA siblings, the Grandland X is much more conventional when it comes to overall

styling, cabin layout and interior appointment. It will therefore appeal towards motorists who are less inclined to the somewhat bizarre nature of the DS, Peugeot and Citroën. The controls and instrumentation are configured to essentially British tastes and anyone familiar with Vauxhall’s approach regarding design and practicality will immediately feel at home.

The Grandland X displays an excellent build quality and is particularly comfortable and well-equipped with a host of features to include a heated steering wheel and cooled and heated front seats. The six-speed manual transmission is delightfully light and smooth, as is the precise steering. The ride quality while on the firm side is nevertheless exemplary and induces confidence.

Endearing the Grandland X certainly is. If it’s a genuine 4x4 you want, you could be tempted by the newly launched Hybrid 4 version.

Malcolm Bobbitt Photographs by MB

Grandland X Elite Nav 1.2 (130PS) Turbo S/S test car supplied by Vauxhall.

Price: £27,915 OTR; with options £28,475 ISSUE 436 | 24 OCTOBER 2019 | 41

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