Vauxhall Grandland X hatchback driving position
Most people will find it easy enough to get comfortable, because there’s a good range of seat and steering wheel adjustment and the pedals are well aligned with the driver’s seat.
Adjustable lumbar support is standard only on range-topping Elite Nav and Ultimate models; this is disappointing given that Peugeot fits it to all but the entry-level 3008. It’s worth bearing that in mind if you do long stints behind the wheel and suffer from back problems, but otherwise the seats offer good support.
More positively, the dashboard is logically laid out, with the controls grouped together by theme and spread over three tiers. And, thankfully, Vauxhall has provided separate climate control buttons that are easy to operate; in the 3008, you have to delve into the infotainment screen just to change the interior temperature, and that's a pain.
Vauxhall Grandland X hatchback visibility
You get a good forward view in the Grandland X. And while the rear window is quite shallow, rear parking sensors are standard across the range, with front sensors added from Tech Line Nav upwards. Go for Elite Nav trim and you also get a 360deg bird's eye view camera.
In addition, a system that warns you if another vehicle enters your blindspot is fitted to all but the SE model.
Super-bright adaptive LED headlights are standard if you opt for Elite Nav or Ultimate trim and are an option on all other variants.
Vauxhall Grandland X hatchback infotainment
Even the entry-level SE variant comes with 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 and you get a larger 8.0in touchscreen with built-in sat-nav.
What’s more, every Grandland X comes with Vauxhall’s OnStar concierge service, which includes online connectivity, a wi-fi hotspot and a connection to a dedicated call centre, whose operatives can download a requested route direct to your sat-nav (if fitted).
This is particularly handy when you’re on the move, because the touchscreen’s smaller icons can be difficult to hit and the menus are often slow to react to prods.
That being said, it’s worth noting that the OnStar service is being cancelled at the end of 2020, due to the fact that Vauxhall is now owned by Peugeot and Citroën.
Vauxhall Grandland X hatchback build quality
Soft-touch plastics are used on the dashboard, along with gloss black and chrome-effect trim pieces, while higher-spec models get even more metallic finishes to help lift the ambience.
However, while it scores well enough for perceived quality, the Grandland X’s interior doesn’t have the wow factor of the Peugeot 3008’s or Audi Q2’s, despite both cars being available for the same sort of money.