The front exterior of a white Vauxhall Crossland X

Vauxhall Crossland X review

The Crossland X is a family-friendly car that packs a lot of space despite its compact dimensions. The interior is smart and modern with durable materials and a large boot with a useful split-level floor.

Pros

  • Great equipment and features
  • Fuel efficient engines
  • Lots of interior space

Cons

  • Less stylish than some rivals
  • Some of the interior plastics are a bit hard
  • Automatic gearbox isn’t available on entry-level models

Summary

“The Crossland X is almost as practical as a larger SUV but without the higher costs.”

The Crossland X is a compact crossover SUV that’s great value for money. It’s slightly smaller than Vauxhall’s popular Mokka X and looks more like an SUV. Available in a range of appealing colours, it has a contrasting roof that looks stylish.

Inside, there are great features including a touchscreen infotainment system and a 4G wi-fi hotspot, which is perfect if you need to keep the kids entertained. Visibility is excellent as the Crossland X sits slightly higher than a hatchback.

It’s comfortable on the road, especially in towns and cities where the engines perform best, although the Crossland X will cope easily with a long distance trip. It also has enough space for a few suitcases or a pushchair.

Safety is excellent with the Crossland X receiving five stars and a Best in Class award from Euro NCAP.

What's the interior like?

“The Crossland X has lots of equipment making it good value for money.”

The interior is attractive and well laid out with all controls being easy to use while on the move. Generally the quality of the materials is good, but some of the plastics are a bit hard. There are buttons on the steering wheel for functions like audio volume and setting the speed of the cruise control. The standard features are extensive and include climate control, hill start assist and a touchscreen infotainment system that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for pairing with your smartphone. 

There’s space for up to five adults and all the seats are comfortable. The rear seats can be moved forward and back to give you more legroom or more luggage space. The boot capacity is 410 litres so you’ll easily fit in three average size suitcases or the monthly groceries. Fold the back seats down and the space increases to 1,255 litres, which is enough room for a bicycle. There is also useful additional storage beneath the boot floor.

What's it like to drive?

“A superb compact crossover that’s easy to drive and great for town driving.”

The Crossland X drives well and is ideal if you spend most of your time in towns or cities. The manual and automatic gearboxes are easy to use and the Crossland X’s compact size makes parking simple. All models from the Tech Line upwards have parking sensors.

It’s perfect for commuters and families, with fuel efficient petrol and diesel engines that provide enough power to suit most needs. Behind the wheel, all the controls are simple to use and with comfortable seats and superb visibility of the road ahead, long journeys are enjoyable and relaxing.  

Is it cost-efficient to buy and run?

“Great value for money considering how many excellent features you get.”

Prices for the Crossland X are similar to rivals but it offers great value as it has a lot of equipment. The engines are efficient with good fuel consumption figures across the range. Diesels travel the furthest on a tank but you’ll need to do over 12,000 miles a year for it to make sense.

Insurance costs are about the same as other small crossovers and family hatchbacks, as is road tax. Vauxhall’s OnStar package that provides wi-fi and connected services requires an annual subscription if you wish to use it. 

The Crossland X also has affordable general maintenance and parts costs.

How reliable and safe is it?

“One of the safest crossover models available.”

Vauxhall does well in most reliability surveys and no major issues have been reported for the Crossland X.

Safety is excellent. It has a five-star rating from Euro NCAP but what’s more impressive is the amount of safety equipment. It has six airbags, a system which alerts you if you’re veering from your lane and it can even call the emergency services in the event of an accident.

Which one is best for you?

Best for economy - 1.6 diesel

Best for family - 1.2 Tech Line

Best for fun - 1.2 (128 hp) Tech Line

All Crossland X models are well equipped but if you want parking sensors and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system then it’s worth looking at the Tech Line version or above. 

Diesels are great if you do a higher mileage but the petrols deliver excellent fuel consumption and are a bit quieter.

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