The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The Vauxhall Grandland X has a good range of seat and steering wheel adjustment and pedals that are well aligned with the driver’s seat, so most people will find it easy enough to get comfortable. You sit reasonably high, roughly in line with Hyundai Tucson drivers, although the Volvo XC40 feels loftier still.
The seats are generally supportive, although there could be more side bolstering to help keep you in place around bends. 16-way adjustable ergonomic seats with lumbar support are included on all but the entry-level SE Premium trim, with Elite Nav and up adding full electric adjustment along with a heated seat and steering wheel.
More positively, the dashboard is logically laid out, with separate climate control buttons that are easy to operate; in both the Peugeot 3008 and Volvo XC40, you have to delve into the infotainment screen just to change the interior temperature. This can be distracting.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
You get a good forward view in the Vauxhall Grandland X. The shallow rear window doesn’t offer the best view backwards, but front and rear parking sensors are standard on all trim levels, with a rear view camera standard on Business Edition Nav models and above.
However, if you want a full panoramic camera you’ll need to step up to Ultimate trim on regular models, or Business Edition Nav Premium on Hybrid models.
All but the SE Premium model have a system that warns you if another vehicle enters your blindspot, and bright LED headlights are standard across the range, as is an auto-dipping rear-view mirror.
Adaptive LED headlights that are able to shape their main beam output to prevent dazzling other drivers are standard on range-topping Ultimate trim (and on Business Edition Nav Premium/Elite Nav Hybrids), and optional on SRi Nav and Elite Nav models.
Sat nav and infotainment
The Vauxhall Grandland X SE Premium has a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth audio streaming as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. Opt for anything above SE Premium trim and you get a larger 8.0in touchscreen with built-in sat-nav, whose instructions are easy enough to follow.
The screen’s graphics are reasonably crisp, although not as impressive as the Tucson’s or Karoq’s, while a solid prod of the touchscreen is required for your inputs to register. Some tasks, such as pairing your phone via Bluetooth, involve delving into sub-menus that can be a little frustrating to navigate, too. The physical shortcut buttons under the screen are a welcome touch, and there are audio controls on the steering wheel for convenience on the move.
Soft-touch plastics are used on the dashboard of the Vauxhall Grandland X, with gloss black and chrome-effect trim pieces to add visual interest. Higher-spec models make greater use of metallic finishes to help lift the ambience.
However, while all this helps with perceived quality, the Grandland X’s interior still doesn’t have the wow factor of the Hyundai Tucson’s, Peugeot 3008’s or the premium Volvo XC40s, despite starting at a similar price point. Even a cheaper Skoda Karoq feels more sumptuous for the most part.
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