What's the used Vauxhall Crossland X estate like?
The trend for small SUVs is big at the moment. They’re popular because they have similar running costs to that of a family car, yet have the desirable look of an off-roader. Manufacturers cannot build them fast enough; that's why Vauxhall brought out the Crossland X, a small SUV that seats five, has a jacked up ride height but doesn’t have a complicated four-wheel drive system that saps fuel.
The engine range consists of a 1.2-litre petrol (with or without a turbo) and a 1.6 diesel with either 98bhp or 118bhp. The entry-level 80bhp petrol doesn’t have a turbo and therefore can struggle moving the Crossland X around. The turbocharged 108bhp and 128bhp 1.2 versions are preferable. The diesel engines are better on fuel, but they’re not as refined as their petrol counterparts.
To drive, the Crossland X is certainly not the driver’s choice. There’s plenty of body roll, the ride fidgets over small imperfections, even at higher speeds, and potholes send a noticeable thump through the car. Road noise and wind noise are also present at motorway speeds, so the Crossland X isn’t the best long-distance cruiser. The steering is light, though, so town driving is easy.
Inside, there are lots of hard plastic surfaces across the doors and centre console. The dashtop is treated to some soft-touch plastics; that's more than in some of its rivals. You also get quite a lot of kit, with all models featuring dual-zone climate control, cruise control, hill start assist, lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition. However, the feeling of luxury is undone somewhat by major touch points such as the indicator and wiper stalks, which feel cheap and flimsy.
Vauxhall does equip every Crossland X with its OnStar service. This brings online connectivity, a 4G wi-fi hotspot and a connection to its dedicated call centre. This service is free for 12 months when the car is new, but you can extend it for an annual fee.