Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The majority of Vauxhall Grandland X’s have a higher starting price than the Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq, but it still undercuts the Hyundai Tucson and premium Volvo XC40. And it should be said that the entry-level Grandland X SE's standard specification matches pricier mid-spec versions of its rivals. However, because the Grandland X has some of the poorest predicted residual values in the class, Vauxhall’s PCP deals could be a little more competitive.
The hybrids, meanwhile, are too expensive for us to recommend to private buyers, especially when you consider that the eye-wateringly pricey Hybrid 4 in mid-spec SRI Nav trim is more expensive on a monthly PCP deal than the far superior Audi Q5 50 TFSI.
However, if you’re a company car driver, the regular Hybrid is a very tempting proposition thanks to its respectable all-electric range and low official CO2 emissions. This puts it in a much lower benefit-in-kind bracket (BIK) than some more conventional rivals, including the mild-hybrid Volvo XC40 B4. Just be aware that your fleet manager will have to stomach a hefty leasing rate.
Fuel economy is competitive across the range: the petrol engine returns more than 40mpg in official fuel consumption tests, no matter which wheels, tyres and gearbox you choose, while the 1.5-litre diesel should also manage upwards of 50mpg without trying too hard. And while you’re unlikely to achieve the 192mpg claimed for the Hybrid (and 204mpg for the Hybrid4), even with the battery fully depleted, we saw over 40mpg on our mixed test route. For reference, under the same conditions, a hybrid Tucson achieved 36mpg and a mild-hybrid XC40 just 33mpg.
Equipment, options and extras
Every Vauxhall Grandland X comes with alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and automatic headlights (including high beam assist) and windscreen wipers.
However, our favourite trim is Business Edition Nav, which is still reasonably priced and adds a host of desirable features including a larger 8.0in infotainment system, built-in sat-nav, a rear view camera, an ergonomic driver’s seat, wireless mobile phone charging, 60/40 split rear seats and extra safety kit.
As you’ll have read in the sections above, range-topping Ultimate trim gets some genuinely useful gadgets, but it’s simply too expensive to recommend.
The Vauxhall Grandland X performed rather poorly in our latest What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing in 12th place out of 17 other family SUVs. That puts it below the Skoda Karoq, Volvo XC40, Seat Ateca and Peugeot 3008, but ahead of the Range Rover Evoque and Nissan Qashqai.
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 Vauxhall Grandland X has six airbags and was awarded a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP. If you drill into the details, however, you’ll notice the Volvo XC40 does a slightly better job of protecting the chests of both front and rear seat occupants in frontal collisions.
Entry-level SE Premium cars come with lane departure warning, but it’s very disappointing that they miss out on automatic emergency braking (AEB). It’s standard across the rest of the Grandland X range, though, along with driver drowsiness alert, blindspot warning and lane-keeping assistance.
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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