Priced from £22,310 Release date January 2018
That’s actually a pretty good starting point, given that the 3008 earned our maximum five-star rating when we first group tested it, while other rivals include the big-selling Nissan Qashqai and our 2017 Small SUV of the Year, the Seat Ateca.
Vauxhall Grandland X engines
The technology that’s borrowed from the 3008 includes engines, meaning there are two options: a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel.
Both can be specified with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic, with petrol/manual our preferred combination in the 3008.
Four-wheel drive isn’t available in the Grandland X, but there is an optional Grip Control system, which lets the driver choose from five modes designed to boost traction in different conditions. Specifying Grip Control also brings mud and snow tyres.
Vauxhall Grandland X interior
There’s plenty of space for four inside the Grandland X, and a fifth person won’t be too uncomfortable because there’s no hump in the floor to get in the way of a central rear passenger’s feet.
In addition, you get 514 litres of boot space, compared with the Ateca’s 510 litres and the Qashqai’s 430. However, it’s best to avoid the entry-level SE spec if you regularly carry large loads; this doesn’t include the height-adjustable load floor found in other Grandlands, and without it there’s a large step up to the rear seats when they’re folded flat.
What’s more, you get Vauxhall’s OnStar concierge service, which includes online connectivity, a wi-fi hotspot and a connection to a dedicated call centre, whose operatives can download direct to your sat-nav a specific route you’ve requested.
Vauxhall Grandland X prices
The starting price of £22,310 looks quite steep given that you can have a Qashqai for £19,295 and an Ateca for £18,150, although it is in line with the £22,495 that Peugeot charges for its entry-level 3008.
Vauxhall also gives you a lot of standard equipment for your money; in addition to all the connectivity features, there’s cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers, parking sensors, a lane departure warning system and dual-zone climate control.
The list of options, meanwhile, includes a park assist system which will not only steer the car into a space for you, but also get it out again.
The top 10 small SUVs currently on sale:
10. Kia Soul
The Soul is more of a jacked-up hatchback than a fully fledged SUV. However, it still offers many of the benefits buyers in this market are looking for – it's competitively priced and its interior is roomy and well equippped. All of the Soul's engines could be more efficient and quiet, though, and there's plenty of wind noise at motorway speeds. There's a fully electric version to consider if you'll mainly be driving in town.
Our pick: 1.6 GDi 2
9. Audi Q3
While high-end versions are pricey, the Q3 is a desirable choice in this market, with a high quality interior. It's also good to drive and relatively inexpensive to run, with engines that are mostly smooth and strong.
Our pick: 2.0 TDI 150 SE
Compact on the outside but spacious inside, the Vitara is an easy car to live with. There's lots of standard kit on offer and it's relatively practical. It's just a pity that its petrol engines' CO2 emissions are unusually high for this class.
Our pick: 1.6 SZ4