Vauxhall Grandland X review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:diesel, petrol, hybrid
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RRP £24,600What Car? Target Price from£23,891
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The majority of Grandland X’s have a higher starting price than the Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca, but it should be said that the entry-level Grandland X SE's standard specification matches pricier mid-spec versions of its rivals. Business Edition Nav models actually look to be cracking value, but, because you won’t find any finance deals for private customers, they look less tempting on a monthly PCP scheme. That's partly because the Grandland X struggles to get close to the class leaders in terms of resale values; this also means you’ll lose more money if you buy outright.

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.

Fuel economy is competitive across the range, though; the petrol engine returns more than 40mpg in official fuel consumption 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, which start from 108g/km, will be welcomed by company car users. However, the latter will certainly feel the benefit of the Hybrid models’ CO2 emissions of just 34 or 35g/km (Hybrid and Hybrid4 respectively), and those who work in urban areas can make full use of their official 34 or 35 mile electric range. However, the fleet manager will have to stomach a hefty leasing rate.

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 Grandland X 2019 RHD infotainment

Reliability

Vauxhall performed rather poorly in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing 27th out of 31 manufacturers – well below Skoda, Volkswagen and Kia but one place above Nissan. However, while we don’t have any data on the Grandland X itself, the closely related Peugeot 3008 proved to be one of the most reliable family SUVs out there.

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 Euro NCAP.

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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Overview

The Grandland X offers a similar blend of comfort and practicality as the Peugeot 3008 on which it’s based, but there are better all-rounders in this class

  • Generous standard equipment
  • Low CO2 emissions
  • Practical boot
  • Noisy engines
  • Sluggish infotainment system
  • Tricky to drive smoothly

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