The front exterior of a red Vauxhall Grandland X

Vauxhall Grandland X review (2018-2021)

The Vauxhall Grandland X is a mid-size SUV with enough space for adults to stretch out in the back seats as well as a big boot. It's good value and most versions are well-equipped.

Pros

  • Comfortable seats
  • Plug-in hybrid could give great mpg
  • Excellent value

Cons

  • Doesn't feel as premium as some rivals
  • Four-wheel drive only with hybrid power
  • Interior is a bit bland

Summary

“An ideal SUV for families wanting style and value”

By Cazoo editorial team

The Vauxhall Grandland X is a popular mid-size SUV that was sold new from 2018 to 2021, when it was replaced by an updated version renamed Vauxhall Grandland.

The Grandland X gives you much the same features and looks as the newer Grandland but is likely to cost less to buy. It's a practical five-seater that's well suited to families and offers good value for money and sensible ownership costs.

What's the interior like?

“Solid and sensible, with room for five and a big boot”

The interior of the Grandland X is solid and sensibly laid out, if not especially stylish. It has an unfussy design, with many of the functions being controlled using a touchscreen that also operates the infotainment system. Although it doesn't have the premium look or feel of rivals such as the BMW X1 or Volkswagen Tiguan, the quality of materials is good and everything feels sturdy enough to withstand family life.

There’s room for five people and even taller adults will sit comfortably in the back seats. Boot space is excellent with a 514-litre capacity that's enough for three large suitcases or a pushchair. It's about the same as you get in a Peugeot 3008 or a Skoda Karoq.

You get a lot less boot space with the plug-in hybrid versions, however, with a 380-litre capacity that's about the same as you get with mid-size hatcbacks such as the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf.

What's it like to drive?

“Smooth ride and a good choice of power options”

A big part of the Vauxhall Grandland X's popularity is that it’s undemanding to drive. The suspension provides a smooth ride on all types of road surface and the Grandland X is also impressively quiet for those inside, even at motorway speeds.

There’s one petrol, two diesels and a pair of (petrol/electric) plug-in hybrids, so there should be a power option to suit your needs. Each provides different levels of power but all drive well and are fuel-efficient, especially on long journeys. You also get a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes.

Most models are front-wheel drive, but higher-powered plug-in hybrid model (named Hybrid4) has four-wheel drive.

Is it cost-efficient to buy and run?

“Affordable running costs are a big part of why this SUV is so popular”

Prices for the Grandland X are similar to its SUV rivals although the hybrids cost more because of the additional electric motor and batteries.

The engines are all fuel efficient, with a lowest claimed consumption figure of 53mpg. The hybrids claim to deliver up to 204 mpg but you’ll need to plug it in regularly to achieve this, and even then the figure is ambitious. Diesels only really make sense if you are going to do over 12,000 miles a year.

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Which one is best for you?

All models are well-equipped, making the entry-level SE great value, but look at the SE Premium and above if you want front and rear parking sensors and an infotainment system that mirrors your smartphone.

The petrol model is great if you do mostly town driving while the diesels are good if you regularly carry passengers and travel over 12,000 miles a year.