Vauxhall Grandland X long-term test review

The Grandland X is the largest SUV that Vauxhall makes and the sister car to the Peugeot 3008. Is it just as likeable and practical as its French sibling?...

Vauxhall Grandland X long-term test review
  • The car Vauxhall Grandland X Elite Nav 1.2 130 Turbo S/S
  • Run by John Bradshaw, chief photographer
  • Why it’s here To see if Vauxhall’s late entry to the SUV market is worth considering over accomplished rivals such as the Skoda Karoq and Peugeot 3008
  • Needs to Be cheap to run, provide smooth transport on long journeys and have enough space inside for the family’s clutter and all the camera gear

Price £26,660 Price as tested £28,490 Miles covered 12,380 Official fuel economy 52.3mpg Test economy 37.3mpg Options Wireless phone charging (£160), heated windshield (£100), fixed panoramic sunroof (£695), spare wheel (£110), Winter Pack 2 (£200), two-coat metallic paint (£565)

20 July 2018 – infotainment woes

Last month, I covered some of the unexpected highlights of my Grandland X: namely its generous amount of standard kit, great rear leg room and capacious boot. For this update, I thought we’d focus on some of the areas that I’m a little less impressed with.

The first is the infotainment system. Being an Elite Nav model, the car gets an 8.0in touchscreen, with built-in sat-nav, Bluetooth audio streaming and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring; an impressive amount of kit. However, I find the usability of the system to be rather poor. For example, the touchscreen’s icons are very small and can be difficult to hit on the move, the menus are often slow to react to prods and I also find it frustrating that the map screen doesn’t let you zoom out far enough, so it can be difficult to work out where you are in a long traffic jam.

At least the screen is usable – unlike the cooled seats. Not only do they make one hell of a racket when you turn them on (sounding like you have your air-con on full blast) but they function with all the force of an asthmatic mouse. I’ve found this especially frustrating in recent months with temperatures regularly verging on 30deg C.

And my last (and hopefully final) complaint is that the Grandland X just doesn’t feel all that well screwed together. Yes, there’s some soft-touch plastics on the dashboard, along with gloss black and chrome-effect trim pieces, but none of the materials feels of a particularly high quality – a suspicion that was confirmed when the panoramic roof button came loose after light use. Oh, and this was followed by the panel holding said button coming loose, too. So now every time I get in the car, I have to push the panel back into place before I set off. Not ideal.

So, the Grandland X really is a bit of a mixed bag. It has plenty of positive attributes, but those are more than matched by constant niggles.

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