Verdict

The Grandland is straightforward to respect, however exhausting to like. When we ran a 1.2 Turbo Sport Nav on our check fleet in 2019, we got here away with the view that “You select a Grandland X for the pragmatism and house it presents, not as a result of it’ll stir the soul”. However, a three-way check with the facelifted Grandland in June of this 12 months noticed the Vauxhall beat Nissan’s Qashqai, however not the Skoda Karoq, which is a formidable opponent. A key factor that we discovered from operating our petrol-engined Grandland round city loads was its poor gasoline economic system of simply 22mpg, though on a run we might get nearer to 40mpg. Buy the appropriate engine to your wants and also you’ll have a family-friendly SUV that’s simple to stay with, if in the end quite unexciting.

Vauxhall has an extended historical past of manufacturing mass-market household vehicles, and though it embraced the SUV section a very long time earlier than many rivals, the corporate supplied greater than its justifiable share of humdrum vehicles. Models such because the Frontera and Monterey within the Nineteen Nineties, and extra not too long ago the Antara and the Mokka X.

When PSA (later to be a part of Stellantis) purchased Vauxhall from General Motors in 2017, the seeds had been sown for a extra fascinating line-up, and one in every of them was the Grandland X. It has by no means been a category chief, however there’s nonetheless loads to love about this mid-sized SUV, particularly for these whose priorities are consolation and worth quite than sharp dynamics or badge status.

History

The Vauxhall Grandland X went on sale in October 2017, with a selection of 128bhp three-cylinder 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and 118bhp four-cylinder 1.6-litre diesel engines. Both had been obtainable with six-speed handbook or computerized transmissions.

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In May 2018 an all-new 128bhp 1.5-litre diesel changed the earlier 1.6-litre unit; it got here with a six-speed handbook or eight-speed computerized transmission. A recent range-topping Ultimate trim in December 2017 coincided with the introduction of a 175bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine which got here solely in eight-speed auto kind.

A four-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid arrived in early 2020, together with a front-wheel-drive version. A facelift in October 2021 introduced a recent nostril design and dashboard, and new tech, together with adaptive LED headlights, whereas the X was dropped from the title.

Which one ought to I purchase?

All Grandland engines and transmissions are good to drive and fairly environment friendly. If you do a lot of long-distance motorway drives, a diesel can nonetheless make sense; in any other case a petroleum or plug-in hybrid is likely to be higher.

The entry-level SE (or later SE Premium) has dual-zone local weather management, auto lights and wipers, 17-inch alloys and cruise management. Tech Line Nav provides ambient lighting, electrically folding door mirrors, a powered tailgate, satellite tv for pc navigation, 18-inch wheels, keyless go and entrance parking sensors.

The Sport Nav has the identical tools, however with a black roof and mirrors, whereas Elite trim provides leather-based, heated entrance seats, 19-inch alloys, panoramic glass and a heated windscreen. The range-topping Ultimate additionally has heated outer rear seats, a Denon hi-fi, adaptive cruise management, a rear digicam and adaptive LED headlights.

Alternatives to the Vauxhall Grandland

Mid-sized SUVs are extremely in style, so the Grandland is in a really crowded sector and there are many alternate options. The Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson are each nicely geared up and include glorious warranties, whereas associated to the Grandland are the Citroen C5 Aircross, Peugeot 3008 and DS 7 Crossback, all of which supply sensible design and respectable worth.

Three different SUVs which can be associated to one another are the SEAT Ateca, Skoda Karoq and VW Tiguan, which supply user-friendly cabins, spectacular construct high quality and nice engines. The Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar share a lot beneath the pores and skin, whereas the Ford Kuga is nice worth and enjoyable to drive, and the Mazda CX-5 has sensible design in and out.

What to search for

Spare wheel

A £20 equipment could possibly be fitted, permitting the supplying seller to incorporate a metal space-saver wheel and jack for round £200.

PHEV

Upgrading to a 6.6kW on-board charger cuts hybrid charging time to at least one hour 45 min from a wallbox; it’s nearly six hours from a home plug.

Line-up

From summer season 2022, trims had been reduce to Design, GS Line and Ultimate. All three had been obtainable with the 1.2T and 1.5D engines.

Towing

The 1.2 Turbo auto was initially rated with a 1,100kg most trailer weight, however this was later elevated to 1,300kg.

Common faults

The 1.2T and 1.5D have an oil-lubricated cambelt that may disintegrate, wrecking the engine. We don’t understand how frequent the issue is, however the cambelt’s materials and oil spec have each been modified. Otherwise, any points are usually comparatively minor software program or electrical faults.

Interior

One large distinction between the Grandland X and the Grandland is the dashboard; the later automotive’s is way more subtle, with its massive digital shows, one in every of which is a user-friendly infotainment system.

The sprint is usually simple to stay with both method, and the Grandland’s entrance seats are snug with loads of adjustment and assist. Rear-seat house is spectacular, with loads of head and legroom.

However, boot house is merely common, at 514 litres, or 1,652 litres with the again seats folded. Those numbers drop to 390 and 1,528 litres within the hybrid.

Prices

We discovered greater than 1,300 Grandland Xs, however fewer than 40 Grandlands. Focusing on the previous, three-quarters have a petroleum engine and one in have an computerized gearbox. Meanwhile, plug-in hybrids are scarce; we discovered simply two dozen on the market.

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Running prices

All Grandlands have to be serviced each 12 months or 16,000 miles. Every different service (first, third, fifth and so forth.) is an Interim, which is priced at £215 utilizing OE elements, or £205 if sample gadgets are fitted. Services two, six, 10 and so forth. are classed as Main and these are priced at £235 no matter whether or not OE or sample elements are fitted.

Services 4, eight, 12, and so forth, are Major; this includes changing the petrol gasoline filter, spark plugs and air filter. For diesel-engined Grandlands, the price is £385 (£335 utilizing sample elements), whereas for the 1.2T you’ll pay £415 (or £355), and with the hybrid the value is £485 or £435. The 1.6-litre petrol within the plug-in hybrid is chain-driven, however the 1.5 diesel and 1.2 petrol have a cambelt that wants must be changed each 10 years or 112,000 miles. Dealers cost £569 for this.

Recalls

Vauxhall has recalled the Grandland eight instances. The first was in January 2018 as a result of some vehicles in-built late 2017 had been fitted with defective pistons that would result in engine failure. There had been two remembers in July 2018, one for oil leaks from the two.0-litre diesel, the opposite due to entrance seat-mounted airbags failing to deploy accurately.

Diesel particulate filter glitches led to the following marketing campaign in April 2019; 5 months later got here recall quantity 5, as a result of some Grandlands left the manufacturing unit with poorly secured rear seatbelts. Recalls six and 7 got here in October and November 2020 due to exhaust emissions limits being exceeded and defective diesel particulate filters. The most up-to-date recall, in March 2021, was attributable to defective radiators; affected vehicles had been made in September 2019.

Driver Power proprietor satisfaction

Having made its Driver Power new-car survey debut in 2020, in 69th place (out of 75 entries), the Grandland X then shot as much as seventh place the following 12 months, earlier than dropping to twenty fourth place in 2022. Owners just like the efficiency, low operating prices (particularly upkeep), cabin house and flexibility. They’re much less eager on visibility, switchgear placement, cabin end and reliability, however general the outcomes are spectacular.

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