The Vauxhall Grandland X may be very late to the SUV party, but this is one gathering where the revellers show no sign of calling it a night. Indeed, a quarter of Europe's new car buyers now opt for one of these high-riding vehicles.
Vauxhall already offers such buyers two other SUVs: the Crossland X and Mokka X. However, as its name suggests, the Grandland X is bigger, competing with the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008 and Seat Ateca.
Of those rivals, it’s the 3008 that the Grandland X has the most in common with, because the two cars were developed as part of a joint venture and are based on the same platform.
This means that, like the 3008, the Grandland X isn’t available with four-wheel drive, but you can specify it with a Grip Control system that enhances traction in slippery conditions.
So does the Grandland X have what it takes to stand out from the SUV crowd or is it likely to wind up forgotten in the corner?