Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
There’s more than enough head and leg room in the Vauxhall Grandland X to accommodate taller adults, and the wide interior should ensure that front seat occupants won’t clash elbows. However, if you’re well over six foot and worried about space, make sure you take a look at the Hyundai Tucson, one of the largest models in the family SUV class.
As with the Peugeot 3008, the Grandland X’s glove box is tiny. But unlike in the former, the central storage bin under the front armrest is small, too and there are fewer cubbies for your odds and ends.
Rear legroom in the Vauxhall Grandland X is reasonable, but the Hyundai Tucson, Seat Ateca, Volkswagen Tiguan and Volvo XC40 all offer more. 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 the rear head room massively, however, 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 Vauxhall Grandland X 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.
At 514 litres, the boot isn’t quite the biggest in the class, but it’s spacious enough to take a buggy or a couple of large suitcases with ease. It’s a practical shape, too, with no awkward intrusions. Hybrid models of the Vauxhall Grandland X house their battery under the boot floor, reducing capacity to 390 litres. That’s a big loss on paper, but it actually still leaves you with enough space for a big weekly shop or a family’s holiday luggage.
In addition to the height-adjustable boot floor, on all but the entry-level SE Premium trim level 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 Elite Nav models.
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