Vauxhall Grandland X

X marks the spot for Vauxhall

11 May 2018

VAUXHALL has perfected the art of achieving more from less with a new version of its Grandland X model.

The recently-arrived SUV range is to be offered with a new turbodiesel engine that is smaller than the one it replaces yet offers more power.

The new 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine boasts an output of 130bhp in comparison to just 120bhp for the larger 1.6-litre unit that it replaces.

In SE trim and specification, costing £24,190, it has a CO2 output of 108g/km with claimed economy of virtually 70mpg when mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

The engine can also be specified with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The upgrade follows the recent introduction of a new traction control system for the Grandland X.

It works on grass, snow, sand and a host of similarly slippery surfaces over which vehicles of this type are expected to traverse occasionally.

The idea is that as the overwhelming majority of SUVs never venture off road, their four wheel drive paraphernalia is unnecessary.

The provision of grip to whichever are the driven wheels – front or back – should be adequate for most needs.

In the case of the Grandland X the introduction of the so-called IntelliGrip system endows the front driven wheels with significantly more bite.

It does this by detecting slippage between the wheels, and balancing grip accordingly.

The advantage is that the system is lighter than a conventional all-wheel drive system, which helps reduce fuel consumption.

The system is offered with all engines except the 180bhp two-litre diesel in Ultimate trim.

It also comes with five-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels and 225/55 R18 all-season tyres.

The Grandland X range is based on the Peugeot 3008 vehicle, with prices ultimately rising to about £34,000

That is for the 1.5-litre 130bhp diesel version with Elite Nav trim and equipment.

The entry-level Tech Line version costs from about £22,500 with a 1.2-litre 130bhp petrol engine.

The SE versions include Vauxhall OnStar automatic crash response/Wi-Fi hotspot/smartphone app/stolen vehicle assistance and vehicle diagnostics.

They also have an infotainment system that includes R4.0 IntelliLink system with smartphone projection, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto,

Plus a seven-inch colour touchscreen, AM/FM/digital radio, Bluetooth audio streaming/mobile phone portal and USB connection with iPod control.

Interior features include dual-zone electronic climate control, cruise control with speed limiter, leather-covered steering wheel with audio controls, and a steering column adjustable for reach and rake plus a 230-volt power outlet behind the front seats.

Externally there are silver-effect 17-inch alloy wheels, auto lighting and windscreen wipers plus front fog lights.

Elite Nav versions cost from about £28,660 and include Vauxhall’s Navi 5.0 IntelliLink system with fully integrated European sat nav, an eight-inch colour touchscreen and voice control.

Internally there are leather seat facings, a powered driver’s seat, heated front seats, plus ambient lighting.

There are also nine-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, a premium LED adaptive forward lighting pack with projector headlights, a powered tailgate, dark-tinted rear windows, chrome-effect side window trim, a driver drowsiness system, forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, lane assist plus keyless entry and start.