Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The Grandland X has a higher starting price than the Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca. However, this is largely because the entry-level SE has a standard specification to match pricier mid-spec versions of its rivals.
Fuel economy is competitive – the petrol engine claims more than 40mpg in official tests, no matter which wheels, tyres and gearbox you choose. The 1.5-litre diesel should also manage upwards of 50mpg without trying too hard, and its reasonable CO2 emissions that start from 111g/km will be welcomed by company car users.
Where the Grandland X is likely to struggle to get close to the class leaders is on its resale values.
Equipment, options and extras
Every Grandland X comes with alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and automatic headlights (including high beam assist) and windscreen wipers.
However, our favourite trim is Tech Line Nav, which is still reasonably priced and adds a host of desirable features including built-in sat-nav, front parking sensors, privacy glass, a powered tailgate, keyless entry and start, ambient interior lighting and extra safety kit.
Vauxhall performed reasonably well in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing 11th out of 31 manufacturers – that’s only one place below Seat.
Like all Vauxhalls, the Grandland X comes with a three-year or 60,000-mile warranty and a year’s worth of roadside assistance. This matches the cover provided by the majority of other manufacturers, but can’t beat the five-year warranties that Hyundai and Toyota offer or Kia’s class-leading seven-year package.
Safety and security
Like most rivals, the Grandland X has six airbags and was awarded a five-star safety rating by the Euro NCAP crash test agency.
Entry-level SE cars come with lane departure warning, but it’s a little disappointing that they miss out on automatic emergency braking. It’s standard across the rest of the Grandland X range, though, along with driver drowsiness alert, blindspot warning and lane-keeping assist.
Every model has an alarm and an engine immobiliser. Security experts Thatcham rate the Grandland X four out of five stars as its ability to resist being stolen from, but five stars for resisting being stolen altogether.
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