Why buy the Vauxhall Grandland X?
The Vauxhall Grandland X is a great choice if you want a practical yet reasonably compact SUV that’s well-equipped and excellent value for money. It’s also really comfortable and as at-home on a long motorway journey as it is popping to the shops.
Vauxhall Grandland X range and updates
The Grandland X was sold new in the UK from 2018 to 2021. It was updated in 2021 with a new look and renamed simply ‘Grandland’. The post-2021 Grandland is basically the same car, but with a new design for the headlights, front grille and bumper.
Although the Grandland X and the Peugeot 3008 look quite different, they share a lot of the parts you can’t see, including their basic structure, engines, gearboxes, suspension and electronics. That’s because Peugeot and Vauxhall are owned by the same parent company – Stellantis.
You can choose from Grandland X models with petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid power. Automatic gearboxes and four-wheel-drive models are available and there’s a broad range of trim levels to choose from.
Vauxhall Grandland X tech and features
Every Grandland X trim level comes equipped with lots of useful features. The entry-point SE model has a touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Bluetooth and DAB radio. Dual-zone climate control, cruise control and rear parking sensors are included as well. The mid-spec Tech Line Nav trim adds built-in sat nav, electric boot-lid opening and keyless entry, letting you lock and unlock the car without getting the key out of your pocket or bag.
Move up to the higher-spec trims and you get more features: the Elite Nav trim includes heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery and a wireless phone charging pad. The top-spec Ultimate has a high-end Denon sound system, heated rear seats, adaptive headlights and a 360-degree parking camera system.
Vauxhall Grandland X running costs and value
According to official figures, petrol Grandland X models can give you an average fuel economy of 37mpg to 55mpg, depending on the combination of engine, gearbox and wheel size. Diesels can give you between 42mpg and 68mpg.
Plug-in hybrids are capable of up to 204mpg, according to the official figures, although what you get in the real world will depend on how and where you drive and how regularly you charge the battery.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are pretty low across the board, so the Grandland X won’t cost you much in vehicle excise duty (car tax). However, be aware that models that cost more than £40,000 when new will incur an extra annual charge until they’re six years old. Generally speaking, though, the Grandland X is a very cost-effective choice for a mid-size SUV.
Vauxhall Grandland X vs rivals
The market is full of SUVs similar in size to the Grandland X including the Ford Kuga, the Kia Sportage, the Nissan Qashqai and, of course, the mechanically related Peugeot 3008. The Grandland X gives you very similar interior space to these cars and, by comparison, scores especially highly for value.