More miles from Vaux­hall’s SUVs

Glamorgan Gazette - - Motorswales - CHRIS RUSSON news­[email protected]­

A SU­PER-ECO­NOM­I­CAL diesel en­gine is be­ing fit­ted to Vaux­hall’s lat­est breed of SUVs cour­tesy of new own­ers PSA.

It is the French car group’s new 1.5-litre unit and which first ap­peared in Peu­geot and Citroen mod­els ear­lier in the year and is now mak­ing its way into Vaux­hall’s Cross­land and Grand­land X.

With the two Vaux­hall SUVs based on Peu­geot plat­forms it’s an easy switch and the new en­gine re­places the 1.6-litre block used in ear­lier mod­els.

Not only is the 1.5 en­gine more pow­er­ful – it de­vel­ops 130bhp in the Grand­land and 102bhp in the smaller Cross­land – it also re­sults in more us­able per­for­mance.

We have just tried the Cross­land X fit­ted with the new diesel and it does a splen­did job of pulling the car and the fuel re­turn is an eye opener.

Of­fi­cially it is rated at 70.6mpg with a CO2 fig­ure of 105g/km and our run saw fig­ures not far from that, av­er­ag­ing a splen­did 67.1 to the gal­lon.

Such econ­omy was easy to achieve in ev­ery­day driv­ing and all but the light­est-footed of drivers are likely to ben­e­fit.

More­over, the new en­gine also feels more re­fined. It’s no­tice­ably qui­eter and per­for­mance is also im­proved with the Cross­land X 1.5 ac­cel­er­at­ing from 0 to 60 in 11 sec­onds. Top speed is 111mph. This car was in high grade Elite Nav spec­i­fi­ca­tion and as such cost from £21,710 – more than £2,000 above the 1.6 ver­sion – and with ex­tras such as au­to­matic park­ing, safety and win­ter packs and a spe­cial paint job the on the road price was £24,160.

The 1.5-litre diesel can be had in Cross­lands from £19,405 and that makes the diesel £2,300 more ex­pen­sive than the ba­sic petrol model.

Stan­dard kit at Elite Nav level in­cludes an eight-inch touch­screen, sat nav and a for­ward fac­ing cam­era sys­tem that pro­vides traf­fic sign recog­ni­tion and lane de­par­ture warn­ings.

The car was front wheel drive and fit­ted with stop/start to help econ­omy and that worked well in traf­fic.

How­ever, a grip con­trol sys­tem is not avail­able leav­ing Vaux­hall’s other com­pact SUV, the Mokka X as its 4x4 of­fer­ing.

Nev­er­the­less, pitched against the likes of the Re­nault Cap­tur and Nis­san Juke that is not a real neg­a­tive and the Cross­land X is highly com­pet­i­tive given the price.

Boot space ranges from 410 to 1,255 litres and for a com­pact model it is nicely roomy in­side with good amounts of space front and rear.

Like Vaux­hall’s larger Grand­land X, it is a good look­ing car and looks the part – all plus points for a model

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