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Sleek, sporty and spacious: Say hello to Vauxhall’s Grandland X SUV

PUBLISHED: 18:09 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:11 08 November 2018

Vauxhall's Grandland X, available at Tony LeVoi

Vauxhall's Grandland X, available at Tony LeVoi

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Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

Then there were three – Vauxhall has finished growing its crossover and sport utility line-up with the Grandland X, largest of the trio, which joins the Crossland X entry model and mid-range Mokka X.

Style

This flagship SUV looks sleeker and sportier than its smaller stablemates without sacrificing the robust, rugged image that makes this type of vehicle so attractive to a broad range of customers.

Slim lights, a ‘floating’ roof and Vauxhall’s ‘blade’ family styling add to the dynamic design.

Under the bonnet

The choice is simple – six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic 130PS 1.2-litre petrol or 130PS 1.5-litre diesel and auto-only 177PS 2.0-litre turbo diesel.

If you think 1.2-litre is a puny power unit in a big SUV, think again. The award-winning, three-cylinder Puretech petrol engine punches above its weight, pulling from low revs, pulling strong in the mid range and revving freely.

How does it drive?

Grandland X shares its platform with the Peugeot’s 3008, a European Car of the Year winner, which is a great starting point.

Ride quality is impressive but the soft suspension’s comfort bias means some body lean in fast corners. Optional IntelliGrip, to enhance front-wheel traction, has five driving modes - normal on-road, snow, mud, sand and stability and traction control disabled up to 31mph.

Space and comfort

The Grandland X comes only with five seats and no sliding rear seats to vary load space and legroom but rear legroom is still adequate and there’s no big hump in the floor for a middle passenger to straddle.

The deep, 514-litre boot is made even more practical by being flat-sided and offering a twin-level Flex Floor. Levers in the boot drop the 60/40 rear seat backs flat with the boot floor in its higher position.

At the wheel

No problems getting comfortable with a full range of seat and steering column adjustment. Simple, clear instruments are easy to take in, as is the high-level touchscreen which controls most functions, but Vauxhall has retained the convenience of having separate heating and ventilation controls.

Final say

The Grandland X enters an extremely competitive SUV sector but a high level of standard equipment and competitive pricing mean you can’t ignore it if you’re in this market.

Spec and tech

Price: Vauxhall Grandland X Sport Nav 1.2 Turbo £25,360 (range £22,755 to £34,280)

Engine: 1,199cc, 130PS, three-cylinder, turbo petrol manual

Performance: 0-60mph 11.1 seconds; top speed 117mph

MPG: 53.3 combined

CO2 emissions: 121g/km

Buying options

If you fancy trying out the Grandland X yourself, head to Tony LeVoi in Romford.

The Vauxhall dealership offers customers the option of buying through a Hire Purchase (HP) or Personal Contract Purchase (PCP). An HP is like a mortgage where you pay an initial deposit and then pay the balance over an agreed period of time (typically from 1-5 years) in equal monthly payments. A PCP is similar but the deposit and monthly payments are lower and a substantial portion of the amount borrowed is left till the end of the loan, where you can also choose to return or part exchange the car.

For more information pop into the Tony LeVoi dealership at 114 London Road, Romford, RM7 9QL, call 01708 201092 or click here

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