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Vauxhall's biggest crossover now looks the part, but a very ordinary drive makes it otherwise easily forgettable

Good stuff

Smart looks, well equipped as standard, competitively priced

Bad stuff

Some interior own goals, nothing special to drive, firm ride

Overview

What is it?

Vauxhall’s biggest crossover, ahead of the Mokka and Crossland. You might recall it as the Grandland X, as it was called when it was launched in 2018, before it ditched the ‘X’ as part of a makeover back in 2022.

And it’s certainly more interesting to look at than its predecessor. It wears Vauxhall’s now all too familiar ‘Vizor’ front end, and also gets a two-tone roof, sharp lines and a range of smart alloy wheels, which all help to give it greater road presence.

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Which, given the competition in this ever-popular sector, matters. Take your pick from the Ford Kuga, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq, to name but a few.

What’s underneath the new face?

The Grandland is available with the choice of one petrol, one diesel, or two plug-in hybrid engines. The entry-level 1.2-litre turbo petrol produces 128bhp and is available with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed auto ‘box. One up is the 1.5-litre turbo diesel, outputting 148bhp and available with the eight-speed auto only.

The base PHEV gets a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine and e-motor set-up for a combined 222bhp, paired with an eight-speed gearbox. Vauxhall claims up to 34 miles of electric range and up to 192mpg. Keep dreaming.

Top of the tree is the PHEV badged GSe, and joins Vauxhall’s new performance car sub-brand. It gets the same 1.6-litre petrol engine up front but adds an additional electric motor for all-wheel drive. Total output is 296bhp, while it also gets recalibrated steering, a unique suspension set-up to improve the ride, and a couple of styling tweaks. See the car in white in the gallery above.

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Sounds good. What’s it like to drive?

We’ve driven the 1.2-litre petrol with six-speed manual ‘box and both PHEVs to date. The standard petrol feels slightly cumbersome, with a 0-62mph time of 10.2 seconds meaning progress is fairly pedestrian. 

The base plug-in hybrid improves things somewhat. The auto ‘box is smooth enough if a little slow to downshift, but the electric boost helps reduces the 0-62mph time to 8.9 seconds. There’s little steering feel in both and it’s not the smoothest of rides, pitching and rolling somewhat, but it’s otherwise reasonably quiet and refined.

The upper powered PHEV GSe (that’s the one in white above) is usefully quicker and offers keener handling and tighter body control than the standard variants, but the ride still leaves much to be desired. More on that over on the Driving tab.

What's the cabin like?

It’s unsurprisingly digital first in here, with base spec models getting a seven-inch instrument cluster and infotainment display, and upper spec models getting a 12-inch instrument display and another 10-inch infotainment touchscreen.

Said set-up looks fancy and it’s functional enough too. The display in front of the driver is informative and easy to read, while the touchscreen is intuitive and responsive, allowing you to easily switch between sat nav, media and anything else you require. Our biggest gripe is that the infotainment display still doesn’t make use of the full screen, surely a quick OTA fix. More on that over on the Interior tab.

Still, perhaps the best news of all is that Vauxhall hasn’t fallen down the same trap as others in the industry, namely the VW Group, keeping the climate control panels entirely separate to the touchscreen as well as the steering wheel clear of any haptic feedback buttons. Thumbs up from us there. 

What will it cost me?

The cheapest Grandland you can buy, the 1.2-litre petrol with six-speed manual in Design trim, will set you back £29,470. Add £2.5k for the 1.5-litre diesel and eight-speed auto in the same trim.

The base plug-in hybrid starts from £40,805 in one up GS trim, and £45,700 for the GSe. Head over to the Buying tab for the full lowdown.

What's the verdict?

Vauxhall's biggest crossover now looks the part, but a very ordinary drive makes it otherwise easily forgettable

With seemingly no end to the public’s love affair for crossovers, the Grandland soldiers on. It joins the Mokka, Crossland, Astra and Corsa in being given the Vizor treatment, and it wears its new face just as well as its siblings.

Inside it lacks the glitz and glamour of some rivals, but it’s fuss-free, practically packaged, and as unpretentious as they come, even if it does score a couple of tech related own goals. Not as bad as some of its VW Group rivals, mind.

However, it can’t quite match its competitors when it comes to the drive, which is bland and unengaging, nor the ride, which is simply too firm for a family crossover. Which, in an overly crowded sector, makes it all too easily forgettable.

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