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      Launch year
      2017
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Conservatively designed, practical small SUV

Best bits

  • Good value for money – especially on the used market
  • Generous amount of space
  • All models come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Not so great

  • Anonymous styling
  • Out of its depth on the motorway (especially the 83PS petrol engine)
  • Feels pretty mediocre in a very competitive sector

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Vauxhall Crossland 2020 on road

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How much does it cost to run

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Overall verdict on the Vauxhall Crossland

"Small SUVs often get wacky styling and colourful interiors designed to appeal to the trendy people that often buy them but what if you want a compact SUV that doesn’t draw attention to itself? Well, the Vauxhall Crossland could be the car for you. "

Vauxhall Crossland 2020 on road

The Vauxhall Crossland first hit the market back in 2017. It was actually badged the Crossland X back then – sitting below other 'X' SUV models, namely the Mokka X and Grandland X.


A mid-life revision early in 2021 led to the 'X' moniker being dropped, while the Crossland also received a few much-needed updates to give it a chance against an incredibly strong cohort of rivals – cars like the Peugeot 2008, Nissan Juke, Ford Puma, Renault Captur and Skoda Kamiq.


The most noticeable of these revisions is the Crossland's fresh face. Vauxhall calls it the 'Vizor' front-end treatment, with a gap-less grille and LED headlights as standard across the range. We can't deny that it looks pretty smart, but it's not going to turn as many heads as fashionable alternatives like the Nissan Juke or Ford Puma.


Whether you buy a pre- or post-facelift Grandland, the interior doesn't have the same 'wow' factor as rivals. Sit behind the wheel of the Peugeot or Nissan and you could think you’re on the flight deck of some sort of alien craft thanks to their striking cabins. If that’s not for you, though, you’ll love the Vauxhall. It has a simple design with analogue instruments and plenty of conventional buttons.


Even Vauxhall can’t avoid fitting a modern infotainment screen, but the seven- or eight-inch system you get in the Crossland is easy to use with intuitive menus and a colourful, reactive display. Not all models have sat-nav, but they do have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can use Google Maps via your smartphone instead. We reckon that actually works better than in-built navigation.


If you do want sat-nav, look for a model with 'nav' in its name (SRi Nav, Elite Nav etc). These come with the bigger display, as well as a European mapping system with over-the-air updates. 


There’s not much to grumble about in terms of practicality. It might be a small SUV but the Crossland will fit four tall adults without too many complaints and the boot is pretty big too – large enough to swallow a set of suitcases.


While the Vauxhall’s boxy shape is good for practicality, it’s not so good for handling. Its top-heavy design means it rolls in corners and the light steering doesn’t inspire lots of confidence. Vauxhall tweaked the suspension and steering when the Crossland was updated in 2021, but it still feels a lot baggier to drive than a Ford Puma or SEAT Arona. The manual gearbox feels pretty poor, too, while the six-speed automatic gearbox is only marginally better.


It feels a bit out of its depth on the motorway, with a surprising amount of wind and road noise encroaching into the cabin. It's better around town, providing you can cope with the slightly bumpy ride. The light controls make it easy to manoeuvre, while standard rear parking sensors mean you can ease into tight spaces without worrying about damaging the back of the car and, if you want more help, front sensors and a reversing camera are optional. 


In terms of engine choices, you get three petrol and two diesels to choose from. No Crossland is a particularly quiet cruiser, but the 83PS petrol model is the worst of the lot, it’s five-speed manual gearbox means it has to work hard on the motorway. 


The 110PS turbocharged petrol is a better bet, offering you more overtaking power and quieter cruising because it comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. It doesn’t even cost that much more to run than the 1.5-litre diesel models.


Choose your Crossland wisely and you’ll end up with a small SUV that’s cheap to run, nippy and spacious for a small car. Sure, it’s not the most exciting machine on sale, but the Vauxhall’s modest looks are sure to appeal if you’re not looking to make a statement. 

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1.5 Turbo D [120] Business Ed Nav 5dr [S/S] Auto

  • 2020
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Price:£16,995
PCP: £307.96/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £307.96, Customer Deposit: £2,549.00, Total Deposit: £2,549.25, Optional Final Payment: £7,425.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,757.85, Total Amount Payable: £20,752.85, Representative APR: 11.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 11.3%, Excess Mileage Charge: 9ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Vauxhall Crossland right for you?

The Vauxhall Crossland is the perfect car for you if you want a small SUV that doesn’t have the trendy look-at-me styling of other small SUVs such as the Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008.


The Vauxhall feels roomy inside – particularly if you’re trading up from a small family car – with space for adults in the back and a boot that’s easy to load and will swallow a few suitcases.  


Choose the 110PS petrol and you’ll also get nippy performance combined with cheap running costs. Sure, the Vauxhall isn’t going to have you grinning from ear to ear in corners and it’s not the quietest motorway cruiser, but it’s light controls do at least make it easy to drive in town.


So, if you want a car that does a job without making a fuss, the Vauxhall Crossland fits the bill so long as you avoid the basic petrol engine. 

What's the best Vauxhall Crossland model/engine to choose?

The engine to go for is the 110PS petrol.  Unlike the basic 83PS petrol, the 110PS is turbocharged, giving you a useful boost in performance, adding a sixth gear for quieter motorway cruising and also improving fuel economy. The 110PS model’s so cheap to run, it’s largely pointless choosing a diesel.


All models are well-equipped but we'd avoid the cheapest SE trim level unless you're on a strict budget. Higher-spec models come with desirable features like parking sensors, larger alloy wheels and a sliding rear bench.

What other cars are similar to the Vauxhall Crossland?

If you’re in the market for a small SUV then you have no shortage of choices and one of the best is the new Peugeot 2008 which has a striking design on the outside and an interior that looks and feels more stylish than you might expect from a car in this price bracket. 


Another stylish alternative is the Nissan Juke, although it’s not as spacious inside as the Vauxhall, while the SEAT Arona is just as roomy as the Crossland but feels better built inside and is more comfortable to drive. There's also the very spacious Skoda Kamiq which represents incredible value for money, while the Ford Puma is the crossover of choice for keen drivers.


Finally, if you’re looking for a small car with a great warranty, check out the Kia Stonic that comes with a seven-year 100,000-mile warranty that makes the Vauxhall’s three-year/60,000-mile warranty look a little stingy.

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Vauxhall Crossland 2020 interior

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Driving

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Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Where is the Vauxhall Crossland made?

The Vauxhall Crossland is now built in Zaragoza, Spain. It is produced alongside the Opel Crossland, which is sold in Europe.

Dan Harrison

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Does the Vauxhall Crossland have sat nav?

Yes. Look for Business Edition Nav, Elite Nav and SRi Nav specification for satellite navigation on the Vauxhall Crossland.

David Ross

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Is the Vauxhall Crossland 4x4?

There is no four-wheel-drive version of the Vauxhall Crossland 4x4

Dan Powell

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Dan Powell