The Crossland X’s 1.2-litre petrol engine is available with three power outputs: 80bhp, 108bhp and 128bhp. We haven’t tested the 80bhp version yet, but the 108bhp feels punchy and willing to rev, and it will suit most people’s needs. If you do want some extra performance though, the 128bhp version is even peppier still.
The cheapest version of the 1.6-litre diesel, which produces 98bhp, feels a bit underpowered and sluggish in its acceleration. But the 118bhp alternative offers plenty of performance with lots of low-end shove. We’d still be tempted to stick with the petrol unit, though; you’ll have to do a lot of miles to justify the diesel’s higher purchase price.
Vauxhall Crossland X ride comfort
In town, the Crossland X is more forgiving than the Mokka X and Nissan Juke. However, rippled roads and potholes can still send thumps through the car.
As speed builds those same imperfections feel less harsh initially, but can cause the Crossland X’s body to bounce up and down in a way that feels quite uncontrolled.
Vauxhall Crossland X handling
If you spend most of your time weaving through urban traffic, then the Crossland X does a good job, because its light steering makes it easy to nip in and out of lanes, and helps with low-speed manoeuvres such as parking.
Sadly, more speed brings less composure, because the steering provides little feedback and the Crossland X suffers from quite a bit of body lean in bends. If you’re looking for a small SUV that’s fun to drive, the Mazda CX-3 and Suzuki Vitara are better choices.
Vauxhall Crossland X refinement
The 108bhp 1.2-litre petrol is impressively smooth for a three-cylinder engine, but it’s connected to a five-speed gearbox that lets it rev quite noisily at 70mph; if you do a lot of motorway miles it might be worth upgrading to the 128bhp engine, which comes with a six-speed ’box.
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.
This turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine is impressively smooth and reasonably strong, although it does rev quite loudly at motorway speeds. Expect real-world fuel economy to be in the low 40s.
This is the best engine for performance. It’s a peppy and free-revving 128bhp unit that feels very nippy around town, but the car’s poor handling doesn’t let you get the best out of the engine’s pace.
1.6 D 100 Ecotec BlueInjection
This entry-level diesel option will be a fleet favourite thanks to low CO2 emissions and it offer the best fuel economy in the line-up, but the performance isn’t up to much. It feels quite flat across the rev band.
1.6 D 120 BlueInjection
The stronger diesel engine is noisier than the lesser-powered variant but it does offer a lot more performance in return, especially low-down in the rev range. If you’ll regularly be covering lots of motorway miles this is worth considering.