What's the used Vauxhall Grandland X hatchback like?
Family cars have moved on from the humble hatchbacks of old; increasingly, buyers are turning towards SUVs for domestic duty: taking the children to school, picking up the weekly shop from the supermarket and taking the grandparents out at the weekend – these beasts will tackle it all. Perhaps this is why Vauxhall has been busy adding pseudo off-roaders to its range in order to court family car buyers. The Crossland X is the smallest, the Mokka X is the middle offering, but this Grandland X is its biggest.
The Grandland X competes with the likes of the award-winning Seat Ateca and the popular Nissan Qashqai. Just like its smaller Crossland X sibling, the Grandland X is based on an existing Peugeot platform, in this case the Peugeot 3008.
The engine range opens with a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol, rises to a mid-range 1.6-litre diesel and finishes with a 2.0-litre diesel that’s reserved for top-spec models. The petrol engine copes surprisingly well with this heavy SUV, but if you are carrying passengers regularly, you may need one of the two diesel engines.
Comfort is what the Grandland X aims to deliver and, for the most part, it succeeds. If you avoid the bigger wheels, its soft suspension deals with bigger bumps better than that of the sportier Seat Ateca, although this means the Grandland rolls more in corners and has noticeably more squat under acceleration and dive under braking. The steering is slightly vague to begin with, then becomes much quicker after you apply a few more degrees of turning force. This can take a bit of getting used to and doesn't feel as natural as the steering of some rivals. You may also find it takes a little while to learn to be smooth with the clutch; there isn’t a great deal of feel at its biting point, particularly in the petrol.
Equipment levels are good, though; all Grandland Xs have climate control, cruise control, alloy wheels, auto lights and wipers and rear parking sensors. Space inside is decent; there's plenty of shoulder room in the front, ample leg space in the back and a big boot for shopping and a child’s pushchair. Much like in its Peugeot sibling, the Grandland X's glove box is tiny due to space taken up by the fuse box. Unfortunately, there isn't much oddments storage in the rest of the interior to make up for this.
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