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Used test: Hyundai Tucson vs Vauxhall Grandland X vs Volvo XC40 verdict

As two-year-old used buys, these family SUVs are around £5000 cheaper than new, plus their hybrid tech should save you even more cash over time. But which of our trio should you choose?...

Hyundai Tucson vs Vauxhall Grandland X vs Volvo XC40 rears

Our verdict

Those who value electric range and low CO2 emissions will find the plug-in hybrid Vauxhall Grandland X compelling. However, it's flaws in practicality and handling, among other areas, hold it back considerably.

Our other two family SUVs feel much more polished. The Hyundai Tucson stands out for its performance and great reliability, not to mention its large boot. Really, only its fidgety ride and somewhat uninspiring handling gets in the way of it ranking first. 

So, in first, we have the Volvo XC40, otherwise known as the best all-rounder here. Its fuel economy isn't spectacular, but the composed, comfortable driving experience and classy interior more than offset that. The XC40 is worth the extra £3000 over its rivals and earns the top spot in this test. 

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1st – Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 B4 2021 front

For Highest-quality interior; best driving position; most confidence-inspiring handling; comfiest ride; most refined engine
Against Priciest to buy; so-so infotainment; least frugal

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson Hybrid 2021 front

For Best interior and boot space; strongest performance; best infotainment system
Against Unsettled ride; engine sounds gruff when worked hard; so-so handling; vague brakes

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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3rd – Vauxhall Grandland X

Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid 2021 front

For Best fuel economy; good electric range
Against Smallest boot; least rear space; worst infotainment; vague steering; spongy brakes

What Car? rating 3 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Hyundai Tucson 1.6 T-GDi 230 Hybrid Premium auto

Engine 4cyl, 1598cc, turbo, petrol, plus electric motor
Power 227bhp (combined)
Torque 195lb ft @ 1500-4000rpm (petrol only)
0-60mph 6.9sec
Top speed 120mph
Official economy 49.6mpg
CO2 emissions 130g/km

Specifications: Vauxhall Grandland X 1.6 225 Hybrid Business Edition Nav AT8

Engine 4cyl, 1598cc, turbo, petrol, plus electric motor
Power 221bhp (combined)
Torque 265lb ft (combined)
0-60mph 7.8sec
Top speed 140mph
Official economy 192.0mpg
CO2 emissions 31g/km

Specifications: Volvo XC40 B4 R-Design auto

Engine 4cyl, 1969cc, turbo, petrol
Power 197bhp @ 4800-5400rpm
Torque 221lb ft @ 1500-4200rpm
0-60mph 7.8sec
Top speed 112mph
Official economy 39.2mpg
CO2 emissions 163g/km