Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
There’s more than enough head and leg room to accommodate taller adults, and the wide interior should ensure that front seat occupants won’t clash elbows.
As with the Peugeot 3008, the glovebox is tiny. But unlike the French car, the central storage bin under the front armrest is also small and there are fewer cubbies for your odds and ends.
Those models are slightly wider, too, and better suited to carrying three adults abreast, but the Grandland X’s flat floor does at least give the middle passenger plenty of foot space.
The optional panoramic glass sunroof eats into rear head room a little, so avoid it if you regularly carry adults of above-average height. This is standard on Elite Nav models but not available at all on the hybrids.
Seat folding and flexibility
Folding rear seats are standard, but they only split 60/40 and not the more versatile 40/20/40 arrangement that some rivals offer. Only SE Premium models miss out on the versatility pack; this adds a centre rear seat armrest with a ski flap.
It’s easy to get the backrests down; there are handy quick-release levers right next to the tailgate opening. And, once down, they lie completely flat with no steps, as long as you have the adjustable boot floor (dubbed ‘Flex Floor’) in its highest setting.
Unlike the Tiguan or SE L and up Karoqs, the Grandland X doesn’t have rear seats that slide fore and aft to let you set a balance between rear leg room and luggage space. However, that’s more of a luxury than an expectation at this price range.
While the boot isn’t quite the biggest in the class, it’s still spacious enough to fit a buggy or a couple of large suitcases with ease. It’s a practical shape as well, with no awkward intrusions.
Avoid the entry-level SE Premium model and, in addition to the height-adjustable boot floor, you get a ski hatch to allow long, slim loads to pass through from the boot to the rear seats. Hybrid, Griffin and Elite Nav models get a powered tailgate that you can open with a swipe of your foot underneath the rear bumper. This is optional on Business Edition Nav and SRi Nav trims.