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?...

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9 Jun 2017 6:0 | Last updated: 12 Jul 2018 11:7

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

If you’re buying outright, make sure you haggle or visit the New Car Buying section of our website, because all three cars are available with sizeable discounts.

But the reason we pitched ‘£300 a month’ at the very beginning is because that’s the sort of sum you’ll be paying if you sign up to a 36-month PCP deal fronted by a £2500 deposit. In fact, until the end of June at least, the Karoq will cost you £293 a month; that’s £14 less than you’ll pay for the Kadjar under the same terms, which include an annual limit of 10,000 miles. The Grandland X, meanwhile, will cost you £333.

It’s a different story if you’re a company car driver paying benefit-in-kind tax. The Grandland X’s relatively low CO2 emissions actually make it the cheapest choice, whereas a 40% rate taxpayer choosing the Karoq or Kadjar would need to sacrifice an extra £13 or £35 of their salary respectively every month.

New Vauxhall Grandland X vs Renault Kadjar vs Skoda Karoq

As we’ve already mentioned, the Kadjar is the only car here that has a panoramic glass roof as standard. All three come with cruise control and automatic lights and wipers, while the Grandland X is alone in missing out on LED headlights, and Skoda is the one manufacturer here that throws in heated front seats.

Choosing petrol rather than diesel needn’t mean dramatically higher fuel bills. Even the least efficient of our contenders, the Kadjar, has an official average of almost 49mpg, while the Grandland X manages more than 55mpg. A real-world average of 40- 45mpg should be achievable in all three cars as long as you’re gentle.

This test is a perfect example of why you should never rely solely on the headline Euro NCAP scores to judge which car will best keep you and your brood safe.

The Kadjar scored the most points for protecting children in its crash test, but that was under an older set of criteria (from 2015), so it isn’t directly comparable with the results of the Karoq and Grandland X (tested in 2017). Of these, the Karoq performed worse.

New Vauxhall Grandland X vs Renault Kadjar vs Skoda Karoq

As for crash protection of adults, the Kadjar scored the most points, with the Grandland X impressing least. These results are comparable despite the tests being conducted two years apart.

When it comes to avoiding an accident, the Grandland X has the most active safety aids if you compare the trims tested here, followed by the Kadjar. However, it’s very disappointing that Renault charges £400 extra for automatic emergency braking, a crucial safety feature that its rivals fit as standard.