Vauxhall Grandland review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Performance & drive

Vauxhall Grandland 2022 rear cornering
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 front right tracking
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 rear cornering
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 interior dashboard
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 interior rear seats
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 interior infotainment
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 right tracking
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 front right tracking
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 rear right tracking
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 front cornering
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 headlight detail
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 rear lights detail
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 PHEV charging socket
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 rear badge detail
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 interior front seats
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 interior steering wheel detail
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 boot detail
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 boot open
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 front right tracking
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 rear cornering
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 interior dashboard
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 interior rear seats
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 interior infotainment
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 right tracking
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 front right tracking
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 rear right tracking
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 front cornering
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 headlight detail
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 rear lights detail
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 PHEV charging socket
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 rear badge detail
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 interior front seats
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 interior steering wheel detail
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 boot detail
  • Vauxhall Grandland 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

The Vauxhall Grandland engine range opens with the turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol (badged 1.2 130PS Turbo), producing a respectable 128bhp. Performance is punchy enough for most situations, delivering a healthy amount of muscle in the middle of the rev range. It’s our pick of the range, but if you want even more shove it’s worth noting that the entry-level ​​Kia Sportage is much quicker – at our private test track, we recorded a 0-60mph time of 8.5sec for the Sportage, versus 9.9sec for the Grandland.

The 128bhp 1.5-litre Turbo D diesel Grandland accelerates more effortlessly from low down in the rev range, but runs out of puff when driven hard, and progress is hampered by the standard-fit automatic gearbox. It's best suited to those who need a relaxed cruiser. The Plug-in Hybrid-e (PHEV) offers 222bhp from its petrol engine and electric motor (a 296bhp version is due later). Its official electric-only range of 39 miles should cover most commutes and there’s enough power when running on electricity around town.

Suspension and ride comfort

The ride in the Grandland isn’t as forgiving over poor road surfaces as in the Sportage or the Skoda Karoq, especially around town, where larger abrasions can send a shudder through your seat.

Ultimate trim models with the largest 19in wheels struggle to settle down the most at any speed, gently tossing your head from side to side even on roads that appear relatively smooth. We’d stick with lower-spec (Design and GS Line) models, because Vauxhall equips them with smaller wheels that isolate you from bumps the most.

Vauxhall Grandland 2022 rear cornering

Handling

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