Vauxhall Grandland X goes electric with new plug-in hybrid model
New plug-in hybrid Grandland X will go on sale later this year and can manage 30 miles of zero-emissions driving...
On sale: late 2019 | Price from: £36,000 (est)
There's plenty to like about the Vauxhall Grandland X. It's the largest SUV Vauxhall makes, and comes with a generous supply of standard equipment, as well as a practical boot and a frugal range of petrol and diesel engines. Until now, though, there hasn't been a plug-in hybrid version for the greener motorist, which is where this new Hybrid4 version comes in.
Powering this Grandland X is a 197bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine and two electric motors whose combined output is 108bhp – altogether, then, this is the most powerful Grandland X you can buy by some margin. You also get four-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic gearbox and some very frugal emissions figures – just 49g/km of CO2 and up to 128mpg. It's worth bearing in mind, though, that as with a lot of other plug-in hybrids, the Grandland X will be substantially less economical after its battery has run out of juice.
Drivers can choose different modes that, for example, conserve battery energy or allow you to drive for up to 30 miles on electric power alone, or a mode that efficiently mixes both power sources. With its regenerative braking feature – which harvests energy normally lost when you slow down and sends it back to the battery – that electric range can increase by up to 10%. With the sort of wall-mounted charging point you can fit at home, you can charge the Grandland X's battery in less than two hours.
Key equipment for the Hybrid4 includes Vauxhall's Connect service, which gets you real-time traffic information and lets you check on the status of your car via an app.
Prices for the new plug-in hybrid Grandland X should start at around £36,000. Discounts should bring that price down substantially in time – indeed, What Car? New Car Buying can currently save you up to £3408 on a Grandland X.
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The best hybrid cars
If Vauxhall's new plug-in hybrid Grandland X has got you thinking about greener motoring, then you'll want to know which hybrid cars are worth your time. In this next story we've done the hard work for you, and collected together all of the best hybrid cars in one place. And as a bonus, we're also naming the hybrids to avoid.
10. Toyota C-HR Hybrid
Toyota's smallest SUV is particularly fuel efficient in hybrid form, where a 1.8-litre petrol engine powers the car for most of the time but is supplemented by a small electric motor around town. With its low C02 emissions, the C-HR Hybrid makes good sense for company car drivers. It also gets plenty of kit as standard.
9. Toyota Yaris Hybrid
If you're looking for a hybrid that's cheaper than the C-HR yet still has a Toyota badge on its bonnet, the Yaris Hybrid is a good choice, combining small car nimbleness with hybrid efficiency. Generous standard equipment and a spacious and practical interior add further to its appeal, even if a plasticky dashboard and a jittery ride count against it.
8. BMW i8
While most of the models in this list are practical choices, the BMW i8 shows that hybrids can also be fun to drive and hugely desirable. It's a high-performance plug-in hybrid sports car that uses a range of cutting-edge technologies to deliver serious pace and low emissions. Think of the i8 as an efficient alternative to models such as the Porsche 911 and Audi R8.
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