Final Report - 10th July 2019
During the six-months I’ve been running the Vauxhall Grandland X it has pretty much been one of those cars that gets on and does what you need it to do.
There have been no dramas – which is always a good thing – and any niggles I may have had (such as the narrow/shallow door bins, hard to clean alloys and temperamental automatic boot opening) are outweighed by the things that have stood out.
These included the handy iPhone/Android app that shows me the car’s fuel status etc as well as its location should I ever forget where I’d parked it; keyless entry and keyless go; the AdBlue system which went at least a couple of thousand miles more than Vauxhall states before requiring a top-up.
Then there’s the standard safety kit: forward collision alert with automatic braking; pedestrian collision warning; lane-departure warning with lane assist; driver drowsiness system as well as the usual ESP/ABS etc.
The Grandland X gets you from A to B comfortably, safely and without fuss. It might not be a head turner, but with a good P11D value and decent fuel economy, it’s a really sensible choice.
Update -12th June 2019
The Topaz blue paintwork on this Grandland X really does stand-out, and I have to admit, this does make me want to wash the Grandland X somewhat more than I would do normally.
I actually quite enjoy hand-washing my cars – there’s something quite therapeutic about the process. Except that is, when it comes to the 18-inch silver-effect multi-spoke alloys specced on this particular model.
They are horrendous to clean – there are far too many tiny slots and cut-outs that allow the build-up of daily muck and detritus. So, I’ve resorted to using the local car hand-wash in a bid to hold on to what’s left of my sanity!
Fourth Report - 29th May 2019
I’ve found myself pondering the simplicity of the Grandland X’s instruments, trying to work out whether or not I like its minimalist approach.
Rev-counter, speedo and the usual array of warning lights are all there, and between them is a screen for scrolling through trip menus (average speed/economy/miles to empty), turn navigation and lane-keep-assist etc.
But the trend is towards offering more information/control through the instrument cluster, including radio, media, safety tech, and navigation maps. I have to say that something appeals about controlling the majority of operations/detail through steering wheel button-clicks or stalk presses, without having to remove your hands from the wheel or shift your eyes to the middle of the dashboard to use a central display screen.
However, I’m not sure which I prefer, or even if there is a right answer. The minimal, clean and simple approach or a techy, at-your-finger-tips, multi-button information highway! Still, perhaps the simple cluster reflects the Grandland X in general – it does what it says on the tin.
Update - 1st May 2019
With a high tailgate and slightly shallow rear window, trying to avoid obstacles directly behind the Grandland X when parking could be problematic were it not for the rear-view camera.
Available as part of the £550 Park and Go Pack Two, which includes Advanced Park Assist and six speakers, avoiding obstacles while parking is a breeze.
Unfortunately, what isn’t a breeze is working out what is/isn’t included in terms of parking sensors/rear-view camera etc with different trims when using Vauxhall’s online configurator and pricelist – where there seems to be some contradiction. Still, it’s worth digging deep and finding it, because it’s a big help!
Third Report - 17th April 2019
The AdBlue warning light flashed up on the dashboard on a trip into London this week, telling me to ‘Top-up AdBlue: Starting impossible in 1500 miles’.
For those not in the know, AdBlue is a synthetic urea and deionised water solution, held in a separate tank. Small amounts are added to exhaust gases to reduce NOx emissions by turning them into nitrogen and water.
Vauxhall states that cars fitted with the BlueInjection AdBlue technology need refills approximately every 2,500 to 4,000 miles, depending on model and driving style. The Grandland X has done pretty well because, 6,519 miles in, this was my first top-up!
I paid £19.99 for a 10-litre container of AdBlue (with a filling hose) at my next fuel stop, expecting it to be cheaper at a forecourt. However, Vauxhall offers an AdBlue top-up service for the same price for cars, or £29.99 for vans.
Topping-up was easy. The blue AdBlue filler cap is located next to the diesel filler and it’s just a case of pouring the contents in and away you go. But next time I’ll try Vauxhall’s fixed price service and let someone else get their hands dirty.
Update - 20th March 2019
These days there’s a mobile app for almost everything.
Cue another one – the My Vauxhall app; remote key fob, vehicle diagnostics, recall checks, dealer locate, owner’s manual, service-booker or accident reporter. It works well.
As do the location services feature which shows you exactly where you left your car. You can also set reminders, add notes or photos of your parked vehicle and its surroundings – never forget where you parked your car again! I love it.
Let’s hope Vauxhall keeps the app once its OnStar service dies next year.
Second Report - 6th March 2019
With almost 5000 miles of equal town and motorway miles under the belt, the Grandland X is really starting to settle in, with more realistic average fuel consumption of 49.7mpg being achieved – less than Vauxhall’s stated 67.3mpg combined, but real-world numbers are always 20-30% lower.
So far, the Grandland X has been a multi-use vehicle in our household and I have to say that it has coped admirably with all that clan Wallace have thrown at it. Whether ferrying to and from meetings, taking the five of us away for the weekend, doing the shopping and kids’ club runs or having the rear seats folded down for the obligatory weekend run to the tip – no problem.
The cabin is pleasant with reasonable storage; there’s a glovebox for manuals etc coupled with storage in the central console for USB/phone charger connection although anything larger than a standard iPhone won’t fit in this space, so be prepared to see a trailing charging cable. There are also dual cup holders between the front seats, together with a small square stowage compartment under the central armrest. The door bins are also a reasonable size.
Update - 6th February 2019
Returning with shopping seemed the perfect time to try the automatic boot that’s standard on the Tech Line trim.
Wave your foot underneath the rear bumper sensor and voila, the boot opens without having to put down your bags. Well, that’s the principle. In reality, I stood in the car park for what felt like five minutes waiving my foot under each part of the rear bumper to no avail – except the amusement of others.
Bags down, key out, boot open and shopping away, I decided to try again – it worked. The jury’s out on this one!
First Report - 22nd January 2019
Our Grandland X looks rather dashing in its two-coat metallic Topaz Blue paintwork, while the interior on our car is the Harlekin black fabric trim, a nice touch with its diamond-shaped stitching.
Under the bonnet lies the PSA Group’s 1.5 turbodiesel engine, as already used in Citroen and Peugeot offerings; it produces 130hp and 300Nm of torque with emissions of 110g/km and combined fuel consumption of 67.3mpg under the new WLTP testing regime. This engine also uses the AdBlue system to reduce emissions, which at the moment the car is telling me I have 1700 miles of before I have to top up.
I’m running-in the car at the moment, so limiting the revs etc until I’ve covered the magic first 1000 miles, however the ride is pleasant, and the seats are uber-comfy (no relation to the ride-hailing firm!), and easy to position.
One neat touch is the display of the nearest filling stations which automatically appear on the navigation screen once the fuel light comes on. Simply select your fuelling stop of choice and the sat-nav system provides the directions. Smart.
New Arrival - 28th November 2018
Vauxhall has made a lot of noise about the Grandland X, labelling it as a ‘bold and powerful SUV, bristling with cutting-edge technologies and ready for action’.
Marketing spiel aside, I’m looking forward to getting to know the Grandland X now it’s joined our fleet.
The standard kit list on our example certainly appears to tick the right boxes as far as duty of care is concerned, with a driver drowsiness system, forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, a pedestrian-detection system, lane-departure warning/assist, blind spot alert and speed-sign recognition all fitted. Oh, and did I mention the lovely Topaz blue metallic paintwork?