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Vauxhall Grandland X Review 2021

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  • Launched in 2017
  • SUV
  • Petrol, Diesel, PHEV
  • Launch year
    2017
  • Body type
    SUV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel, PHEV

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Meat and two veg motoring

Best bits

  • Practical interior
  • Very comfortable on longer runs
  • Perky and refined PureTech petrol engine

Not so great

  • Hard to drive smoothly in the city
  • Uninspiring interior
  • Play-safe looks

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Overall verdict on the Vauxhall Grandland X

"If the Vauxhall Grandland X was a pair of shoes, it would be a pair of Clarks – a firm that's daggy image clouds the fact that it produces quality footwear. The Grandland X, meanwhile, has an uninspiring exterior and boring interior that mask what is fundamentally a decent family car – even if the OTT name smacks of low self-esteem."

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And it's easy to see why the company lacks the courage of its convictions because the mechanically identical Peugeot 3008 outsold the Vauxhall Grandland X at a rate of more than 2:1 in 2019, a gap that was even bigger the year before. Our Vauxhall Grandland X review explores why.


You might not like the 3008's look-at-me styling and unconventional cabin, though, and if you fall into that category, keep reading because the Vauxhall Grandland X should be right up your street. Okay, it isn't a dazzling car to look at but it's not ugly either and there are plenty of positive to be taken from the inside, too.


From its heavy doors to its abundant soft-touch plastics, Vauxhall's biggest SUV feels like a quality product, although a few lazy details let it down compared to its Volkswagen Group rivals – the Volkswagen Tiguan, Skoda Karoq and SEAT Ateca – and its interior layout isn't as intuitive as in those cars. That said, its cabin isn't as intimidatingly eccentric as a Peugeot 3008's, either. 


Like the Peugeot, the Vauxhall has plenty of space for you and another tall adult to get comfortable in the front, while leaving plenty of room for a pair of towering specimens in the back. Even three up, adults won't feel terribly squashed, the boot is large and practical, too, and you get plenty of smaller storage spaces scattered about the place.  


It's not just the interior space that makes the Vauxhall Grandland X an ideal family car, it's also very comfortable. It might not have the fancy suspension of a premium SUV but the Grandland X creams over the majority of bumps like they're not there and the cabin is quiet at a cruise, which makes up for the fact that autonomous driving aids are glaringly thin on the ground.


Thankfully, the Vauxhall Grandland X's comfort doesn't come at the expense of turning it into a blancmange in corners – it doesn't roll excessively and the accurate steering means it's fun to hustle about in. 


These well-rounded road manners are a brilliant match for the Vauxhall Grandland X's excellent 130PS 1.2-litre PureTech engine. It sounds worryingly small in a car the Grandland X's size , but you'll soon forget about its capacity when you sample its surprising punch and smooth delivery. Only when you're pulling away from the lights or overtaking in the wrong gear can it occasionally bog down while you wait for the turbo's slug of torque.


It's such a well-rounded engine that the 130PS diesel only makes senses if you live on the motorway – where it will return better fuel economy – and you should only choose one of the two plug-in hybrid options if you have somewhere to charge the car and a short commute that'll take advantage of its decent electric-only range. 


It all adds up to an extremely well rounded car that's let down by its uninspiring packaging. 


Harsh? Well, you only need to look at the sharp-suited new Mokka to know that Vauxhall thinks exactly the same thing – if you like your Vauxhalls to have a Clarks-like indifference to fashion – you best buy one now, because they won't be around for much longer. 

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1.6 Turbo D SE 5dr

  • 2018
  • 19,412 miles
  • CARZ Glasgow
  • Lanarkshire, G524XA
Price:£14,650
PCP: £263.21/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £263.21, Customer Deposit: £2,197.00, Total Deposit: £2,197.50, Optional Final Payment: £5,882.00, Total Charge For Credit: £2,641.85, Total Amount Payable: £17,291.85, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.45%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4.8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

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1.6 Turbo D SE 5dr

  • 2018
  • 9,718 miles
  • CARZ Dundee
  • Angus, DD23QN
Price:£15,550
PCP: £282.23/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £282.23, Customer Deposit: £2,332.00, Total Deposit: £2,332.50, Optional Final Payment: £6,128.00, Total Charge For Credit: £2,788.55, Total Amount Payable: £18,338.55, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.45%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4.8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the 2021 Vauxhall Grandland X right for you?

The Vauxhall Grandland X is right for you if you're looking for a spacious family car that goes about its business without drawing attention to its self. Though some might say it's boring. The Vauxhall's a nice car to drive on open roads and its PureTech petrol engine is excellent, while you can also choose from two petrol-electric hybrids that are ideal in town and a diesel model that's best if you often drive on the motorway.  

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

The Vauxhall Grandland X is seen in its best light when fitted with a 130PS PureTech petrol engine which delivers fizzy performance – considering its tiny 1.2-litre capacity – and excellent fuel economy. Its worth avoiding basic Vauxhall Grandland X SE Premium like the plague, but we'd be tempted to reap the rewards of the huge discounts available to get behind the wheel of a high-end Elite Nav car which come with a leather interior and a panoramic glass roof.  

What other cars are similar to the Vauxhall Grandland X?

You have a huge choice if you're looking for a mid-sized SUV. The mechanically identical Peugeot 3008 has more style in its wing mirror than the Grandland X has in its entire body, while Volkswagen Group SUVs – the classy Volkswagen Tiguan, Skoda Karoq and SEAT Ateca – feel nicer inside and are better designed.  We'd also suggest looking at the refined Ford Kuga and it it's hybrid power you want, the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V both excel.


Other models worth considering include the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson, both of which have long warranties and a reputation for reliability, plus the popular Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar.

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Vauxhall Grandland X Review 2021 Front Interior

On the inside

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Driving

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Vauxhall Grandland X any good?

The Vauxhall Grandland X is a great choice if you want a practical family car that's very comfortable to drive, especially if you're not swayed by flashy styling or a posh badge.

Andy Brady

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Is the Vauxhall Grandland X bigger than the Mokka?

Yes, the Vauxhall Grandland X is the biggest SUV Vauxhall sells, it slots on top of the smallest-of-all Mokka and mid-sized Crossland X.

Russell Campbell

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Russell Campbell

Is the Vauxhall Grandland X four-wheel drive?

The Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 is four-wheel drive, while the rest of the range is front-wheel drive only.

Dan Powell

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Dan Powell

Does the Vauxhall Grandland X have a reversing camera?

The Vauxhall Grandland X doesn't have a reversing camera fitted as standard – except on top-of-the-range Hybrid4 models – but it is a £341 option.

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