Driving position and dashboard
With a good range of seat and steering wheel adjustment and pedals that are well aligned with the driver’s seat, most people will find it easy enough to get comfortable.
The seats are generally supportive, although there could be more side bolstering to help keep you in place around bends. Adjustable lumbar support and full 16-way electric adjustment is included on all but the entry-level SE trim.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
With its relatively high driving position, you get a good forward view in the Grandland X. The shallow rear window doesn’t offer the best view backwards, but rear parking sensors are standard across the range and front sensors are added from Business Edition Nav trim upwards. Go for Elite Nav trim to get a rear parking camera, while the top Ultimate Nav spec adds a 360deg panoramic camera for an on-screen view right around the car.
All but the SE model have a system that warns you if another vehicle enters your blindspot, and super-bright adaptive LED headlights are standard if you opt for Ultimate trim. They’re an option on all but entry-level models.
Sat nav and infotainment
The Grandland X SE 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 and you get a larger 8.0in touchscreen with built-in sat-nav.
The screen’s graphics are crisp enough, although a solid prod 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 find, 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.
Tactile soft-touch plastics are used on the dashboard, 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 it scores well enough for perceived quality, the Grandland X’s interior still doesn’t have the wow factor of the Peugeot 3008’s or the premium Audi Q2’s, despite starting at a similar price point.