The 108bhp 1.2-litre petrol is reasonably smooth for a three-cylinder engine, but it’s connected to a five-speed gearbox that lets it rev quite noisily at 70mph. The more powerful 128bhp version gets a six-speed ‘box that means it doesn’t rev quite so frantically at speed.
The only trouble is that the more powerful engine is quite coarse at lower engine speeds, sending noticeable vibrations through the controls. We’d stick to the smoother 108bhp version.
The manual gearbox also has a frustratingly vague shift action, which is a pity, because the pedals offer enough feel to let you easily drive the car smoothly in stop-start traffic.
The 99bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine is quite rattly, but the 118bhp 1.6-litre is even noisier.
In addition to engine noise, the Crossland X lets in quite a lot of wind and road noise at higher speeds. Combined with the jittery ride, it’s not a particularly good cruiser.
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