Opel Cross­land X 1,2 Turbo Cosmo AT

Opel is look­ing to cover all its raised ride-height bases with the in­tro­duc­tion of the new­est mem­ber of its X fam­ily

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LAUNCHED in Europe to cor­re­spond with the ces­sa­tion of sales of the char­ac­ter­ful Meriva, the new Cross­land X is a rein­vig­o­rated Opel brand’s an­swer to both a global de­cline in MPV sales and an ever-grow­ing de­mand for com­pact SUVS. Denoted by its X-suf­fix, the Cross­land joins the Mokka X – and sup­ple­mented next month with the Grand­land X – as part of an ex­tended fam­ily of Opel­badged SUVS aimed at strength­en­ing its maker’s foothold in the South African mar­ket.

Op­er­at­ing lo­cally af­ter its di­vorce with GMSA un­der the own­er­ship of Stein­hoff In­ter­na­tional and now dis­trib­uted by Wil­liams Hunt, Opel South Africa is look­ing to make the most of its new, global PSA Group part­ner­ship to re-es­tab­lish it­self at the head­ier end of lo­cal monthly sales charts.

Built on a mod­i­fied PSA PF1 plat­form that it shares with the Citroën C3 Air­cross, the Cross­land X is 63 mm shorter than its more ruggedly styled Mokka X sib­ling. Yet, in keep­ing with its more fam­ily-fo­cused po­si­tion­ing, it of­fers a 50 mm longer wheel­base. Un­mis­tak­ably mod­ern Opel up front, the Cross­land fea­tures a sim­i­lar float­ing C-pil­lar treat­ment to the Adam, mak­ing the most of a twotone paint fin­ish. Along with an op­tional panoramic sun­roof, the Cross­land X, in top-of-the-range Cosmo spec, can be or­dered with ei­ther a black, white or grey colour scheme for the roof to off­set an ar­ray of body colours. It’s a neat touch that has worked well for one of this car’s clos­est ri­vals, the Re­nault Cap­tur.

Fur­ther dis­tin­guish­ing the Cross­land X from the sportier­look­ing Mokka X and, in­deed, en­dors­ing the newer car’s broader mar­ket­ing ap­peal, are wheel sizes that go up to 17 inches only, whereas the Mokka can be or­dered with up to 19-inch wheels.

Slid­ing into an all-important raised driv­ing po­si­tion, solid per­ceived qual­ity is let down slightly by the firm­ness of the plas­tics found lower down in the cabin. The op­tion to raise or

lower the cloth-cov­ered driver’s seat is a wel­come touch while, cer­tainly in Cosmo trim, the list of stan­dard speci cation is rel­a­tively im­pres­sive. This in­cludes a neat seven-inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment dis­play in­cor­po­rat­ing a full suite of mod­ern smart­phonein­te­gra­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties. While the in­cor­po­ra­tion of satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion in this sys­tem – linked with the con­ve­nience of a head-up dis­play – is a cost op­tion, other nice-to-have stan­dard fea­tures are auto wipers and head­lamps, park­ing sen­sors with a re­verse cam­era and cruise con­trol.

While sta­bil­ity con­trol, ABS brak­ing and six airbags are stan­dard tment, con­sci­en­tious own­ers can sup­ple­ment these safety sys­tems with driver-drowsi­ness alert and var­i­ous for­ward-collision-de­tec­tion tech­nolo­gies.

A wel­come pack­ag­ing-re­lated in­clu­sion is the abil­ity to slide the 60:40-split sec­ond-row bench by 150 mm to best ac­com­mo­date ei­ther taller rear-seat pas­sen­gers or ad­di­tional lug­gage. On the lat­ter, the Cross­land X of­fers a class­com­pet­i­tive lug­gage space that in­cludes an ad­di­tional out-of­sight stowage op­tion un­der­neath the boot board.

Al­though an en­try-level Cross­land X was not made avail­able dur­ing the lo­cal launch, ex­pe­ri­ence sug­gests it’s worth tak­ing this vari­ant for a long test drive be­fore com­mit­ting to live with its hum­ble, nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 60 kw/118 N.m pow­er­plant, es­pe­cially at al­ti­tude. The PSA­sourced, tur­bocharged, 1,2-litre, three-cylin­der en­gine tted to the rest of the range, mean­while, re­mains a solid per­former. Mated with ei­ther a ve-speed man­ual gear­box or six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, it’s an en­gine that of­fers good low-down grunt for town driv­ing while ca­pa­bly set­tling down to a re ned thrum on the open road. While Opel claims a com­bined fuel-con­sump­tion gure of 5,4 L/100 km for its topof-the-range au­to­matic model, I recorded 6,2 L/100 km over the course of my test drive.

On-road, the Cross­land X im­presses with its plucky, light­weight de­meanour and com­pli­ant ride qual­ity. While the steer­ing could gain im­proved weight­ing and feed­back, its pre­cise ac­tion proved wel­come, es­pe­cially while ne­go­ti­at­ing smaller, ur­ban spa­ces. If the topheavy na­ture of the Cross­land causes it to pitch and roll some­what while push­ing on, thanks to im­pres­sive lev­els of over­all grip, it’s a sen­sa­tion that never reaches a point of alarm.

Ul­ti­mately, the Cross­land X ticks plenty of boxes, most no­tably in terms of quirky, raised ride-height styling and clever pack­ag­ing. While its over­all di­men­sions largely mimic those of the Mokka X, it’s easy to see the newer car hav­ing broader ap­peal, in­clud­ing for young fam­i­lies that might oth­er­wise con­sider a Cap­tur, Mazda CX-3, Suzuki Vi­tara or the Ford Ecosport (see page 34 for a drive of the new one).

A ques­tion that will have to re­main unan­swered for the time be­ing – at least un­til we sam­ple a Cross­land X along­side its clos­est ri­vals – is whether or not the Opel’s com­pre­hen­sive stan­dard spec justi es its rel­a­tively premium pric­ing.

The Cross­land X im­presses with its plucky de­meanour and com­pli­ant ride qual­ity

clock­wise from top Height ad­just­ment on the driver’s seat is a wel­come fea­ture; neat seven-inch touch­screen can be specced with nav­i­ga­tion; dual USB ports; rear bench of­fers fore and aft ad­just­ment; class-com­pet­i­tive lug­gage space; chrome look scuff plates in Cosmo spec.

Cross­land X is 63 mm shorter, but of­fers a longer wheel­base than the Mokka X.

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