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The Opel Grandland X is a pleasant, comfortable and generally inoffensive crossover that packs a wealth of equipment.

24 May 2018


The new Opel Grandland X is the latest crossover to wade into an increasingly crowded and competitive segment. Can it find a way to stand out? 

Oh, look what we have here, another crossover...

No, that's not excitement you're hearing, but rather more placid resignation. Crossovers are everywhere now, with every brand getting into the action. And you know what's the craziest part? It's not like each manufacturer is doing its own thing.

The Opel Grandland X wades into an incredibly competitive crossover segment

In actuality, many crossovers are actually built on shared platforms. The Nissan Qashqai and the Renault Kadjar share the same platform. Under the Volkswagen group, the modular MQB platform underpins the Audi Q2, the Seat Ateca, the Skoda Karoq and Kodiaq, as well as the VW Tiguan.

Opel is getting in on the action, obviously, with the Grandland X. It should come as no surprise that this car sits on a shared platform as well, considering Peugeot's PSA parent has bought over the Opel brand. This car is built on the PSA EMP2 platform, shared by models including the Peugeot 3008, the Peugeot 5008 and the DS 7 Crossback.

The modest 1.2-litre engine kicks out an entirely useable 129bhp and 230Nm of torque

Hustling about town

Mechanically, the Grandland X and the Peugeot 3008 share many parts. Just a quick glance at the numbers will tell you as much - both cars are the same length (4,447mm) and have the same 2,675mm wheelbase, though the Grandland X is a tad longer and slightly less wide.

Both also share the same three-cylinder turbocharged 1.2-litre engine, producing 129bhp and 230Nm of torque. It's a very serviceable and usable engine - sufficient power, but nothing much more than that. It'll get you from place to place with no problem at all, but enthusiastic driving isn't recommended.

The Grandland X rides on 19-inch alloy wheels

However, the six-speed gearbox in the Grandland X is on the tardier side, hesitant to kick down when you put you right foot down.

On highways, the soft suspension in the Grandland X means that cruising is reasonably comfortable, even with some wind noise in the background. Take the car through a few corners and the car's ties to the 3008 drift further apart. Where the 3008 is sharp and planted, the Grandland X definitely wafts about vaguely with noticeable body roll. The soft suspension and less than taut chassis are mostly to blame.

Equipment is key

Visually, the Grandland X isn't the most exciting to look at. There are enough pinched out lines and angular details to stop the car from looking uninteresting, but if it's a radical design you're looking for, you definitely won't find it here.

For those averse to complicated parking manoeuvres, the Grandland X features a nifty park assist function

And it's the same on the inside. The cabin is neatly finished and comfortable enough, but there's occasional rattling from some of the plastic panels, and the gearshift lever doesn't shift as smoothly as we'd like.

Where the Grandland X seeks to stand out is with its high equipment levels, including front and rear park assist, side blind zone alert, a foot-operated power tailgate, Dual-Zone Electronic Climate Control with particle and odour filter, a 360-degree surround view camera, and cruise control with (optional) autonomous follow assist.

A 360-degree surround view camera is very useful in tight spaces

The Grandland X also comes equipped with Opel Eye, a suite of safety systems that includes side blind spot detection, forward collision alert, lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition.

Pleasant but rather normal

Ultimately, the Grandland X struggles to really set itself apart in a category that is quite vanilla in general. It's a pleasant, comfortable and practical crossover (like many of its peers), and will appeal to buyers who want a reasonably affordable and slightly premium five-seater that comes with a high level of equipment.

The Grandland X is a well-equipped but otherwise rather normal crossover

That said, the Grandland X's introduction into the crossover segment isn't going to radically change or revolutionise the segment. In truth, is there anything that truly will?

Car Information

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Price

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Engine Type

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3-cylinder in-line 12-valve Turbocharged

Engine Cap

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1199cc

Horsepower

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96kW (129 bhp) / 5500 rpm

Torque

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230 Nm / 1750 rpm

Transmission

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6-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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10.3sec

Top Speed

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196km/h

Fuel consumption

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16.6 km/L

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