New Vauxhall Grandland X vs Renault Kadjar vs Skoda Karoq
The sub-£25,000 family SUV market has a fresh contender: Vauxhall’s Grandland X. Can the petrol version make an impression against the Renault Kadjar and Skoda Karoq?...
This isn’t the brightest or most visually impressive touchscreen you’ll ever use, and it’s an inch smaller than those in the other cars (measuring 7.0in from corner to corner). However, it’s reasonably snappy to respond when you press it and you get plenty of gadgets, including sat-nav and Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto smartphone mirroring. The standard eight-speaker Bose stereo, with its integrated subwoofer, is easily the most powerful and best-sounding here.
Go for SE L trim and you’ll get a clear, bright 8.0in touchscreen that responds promptly when your prod it. The system is also very simple to use, thanks largely to its logical menus. You can upgrade to a 9.2in screen for an extra £1500, but we really wouldn’t bother. Care Connect, which brings lots of online features including emergency response, is also very pricey at £400 for three years. Mind you, the Canton sound system (£550) is worth considering if you love your music.
The Grandland X’s 8.0in touchscreen can sometimes be a little sluggish to respond and the menus aren’t quite as logically laid out as they are in the Karoq. However, you get plenty of features as standard, such as the OnStar package, which includes emergency SOS response, a 4G wi-fi hotspot and some connected services. Vauxhall is also the only manufacturer in this trio to give you the ability to charge your smartphone wirelessly; it’s a £160 option.