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First Drive: Vauxhall Crossland

The story: Vauxhall’s small crossover gets a mid-life facelift and drops the ‘X’ from its name, taking on the new front-end design of Vauxhall models in what is a cosmetic-led revision including a new SRi trim level for the model.
Key rival:Ford Puma
On sale:Now

With the arrival of Vauxhall’s other small crossover Mokka looming, the brand has taken the chance to update its Crossland.

There’s been a hefty redesign of the front-end as well as tweaks to the rear and the trim levels. The Crossland X also becomes the Crossland in the update.

The front of the car is the most obvious update, with the Crossland getting a cleaner, classier appearance. Overall, it’s a tidier car visually than before.

The company claims that the new dark-tinted tail-lights and high-gloss black tailgate give the Crossland a wider stance, but it still looks too narrow and tall.

First Drive - March 2021 - Vauxhall Crossland - Image 3There are new springs and dampers, but that’s about it from an engineering point of view, with the line-up of two petrol and two diesel engines carrying over from the outgoing model. They are the 83hp or 130hp petrol, and the 110hp and 120hp diesel. The Crossland does ride pretty well, though, and refinement is reasonable.

On the inside, the top half of the cabin is decent, although it all becomes a bit tougher as you go down the interior.

Still, the SRi model driven here has some nice body-coloured inserts that really raise the cabin atmosphere.

The boot has a handy split-level floor and the rear seats slide to increase boot space from 410 to 520 litres. With the seats slid back to maximise legroom, there’s enough space for adults.

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The verdict

Tidy update improves the Crossland’s looks but the car is still set to be overshadowed by the new Mokka arriving shortly on UK roads.