GRAND OLD TIME: VAUX­HALL’S BOLD EN­TRY INTO THE LARGE SUV SEC­TOR

Vaux­hall has fi­nally en­tered the large SUV bat­tle­field, and its Grandland X is a strong state­ment of in­tent in a key seg­ment.

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page - BY PAUL CON­NOLLY

VAUX­HALL has com­pleted the lat­est round of range re­vi­sions, and the lat­est is a large and comfortable SUV packed with kit and the lat­est driver as­sists.

There were two en­gine choices at launch – a 1.2-litre tur­bocharged petrol en­gine and a 1.6-litre diesel – but more are swiftly on their way.

The pric­ing doesn’t match the cheap­est on the mar­ket, but it does com­pete with main­stream ri­vals like the Peu­geot 3008 (which shares the same plat­form).

LOOKS AND DE­SIGN

The look is mod­er­ately sporty, with more than a hint of off-road ca­pa­bil­ity.

There is el­e­vated seat­ing for five peo­ple, gen­er­ous lug­gage space, good all-round vis­i­bil­ity and a raft of safety technologies.

At 4.48 me­tres long, it is the largest SUV in Vaux­hall’s range, of­fer­ing even more cabin space than the 20 cen­time­tre-shorter Mokka X and Cross­land X, its smaller sis­ters in the range.

DRIVER AS­SIS­TANCE

The Grandland X prides it­self with of­fer­ing the lat­est in a se­lec­tion of ul­tra-mod­ern tech and com­fort fea­tures, so let’s fo­cus there im­me­di­ately.

Driver as­sis­tance is ad­vanced, and you can see how Vaux­hall is be­gin­ning to jour­ney se­ri­ously down the semi-au­to­mous driv­ing route.

Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol with pedes­trian de­tec­tion and Au­to­matic Emer­gency Brak­ing, Driver Drowsi­ness Alert, and Ad­vanced Park As­sist are just some high­lights.

CABIN AND IN­SIDE SPACE

Vaux­hall’s de­sign­ers have put much thought into the cabin: the in­stru­ment panel and cen­tre con­sole with touch­screen are clearly laid out and hor­i­zon­tally aligned to the driver.

The cen­tre

stack has three hor­i­zon­tal rows of con­trols for quick ac­cess to in­fo­tain­ment, cli­mate con­trol and chas­sis func­tions.

Drivers and pas­sen­gers ben­e­fit from the el­e­vated seat­ing po­si­tion typ­i­cal of an SUV, which en­sures good vis­i­bil­ity in all sit­u­a­tions.

Its long wheel­base of 2,675mm means the com­pact class SUV has plenty of space for up to five peo­ple, while the lug­gage com­part­ment (with a load vol­ume from 514 litres to a max­i­mum of 1,652 litres) of­fers good room for lug­gage and sport equip­ment.

Other touches in­clude pre­mium er­gonomic front seats, heated steer­ing wheel, heated front and rear seats and s smart tail­gate that opens with a kick.

CON­NEC­TIV­ITY

The lat­est gen­er­a­tion of In­telli- Link sys­tems and the per­sonal con­nec­tiv­ity and ser­vice as­sis­tant Vaux­hall Ons­tar, which now in­cludes new ser­vices such as ho­tel book­ing and park­ing space search, are on board.

Smart­phones can be in­te­grated to the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem and charged wire­lessly via in­duc­tive charg­ing on hand­sets with this func­tion.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

Since launch in the au­tumn, there’s been a choice of two en­gines – a petrol and a diesel.

The petrol is a 1.2-litre turbo unit with 130PS that of­fi­cially claims up to 62mpg ex­tra-ur­ban ef­fi­ciency and a CO2 out­put range of 117-127g/km.

The diesel pow­er­plant is a 1.6-litre turbo with 120PS of­fi­cially claim­ing up to 80mpg ex­tra-ur­ban ef­fi­ciency and a CO2 out­put range of 104-118 g/km.

Both turbo units can be com­bined with ei­ther the six-speed man­ual or a fric­tion-op­ti­mised six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and come with Start/stop as stan­dard.

ON THE ROAD

The Grandland X can take on a range of sur­faces par­tic­u­larly with op­tional elec­tronic Grip Con­trol that en­sures trac­tion in di­verse driv­ing sit­u­a­tions.

The driver has a choice of five driv­ing modes, for each one the sys­tem adapts the torque dis­tri­bu­tion to the front wheels, al­lows wheel-spin if nec­es­sary, and, with the au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, ad­justs shift points as well as throt­tle re­sponse.

The modes are: Nor­mal, Snow, Mud, Sand and ESP off (up to 31mph only).

The trim lev­els are fairly stan­dard Vaux­hall fare. The en­try-level Tech Line trim is avail­able from £22,310 on-the-road with the 1.2-litre petrol en­gine.

The top of the range model is the au­to­matic BlueIn­jec­tion 1.6-litre (120PS) S/S diesel in Elite Nav trim, avail­able £29,535 on-the-road.

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