New Vauxhall Grandland X Elite Nav diesel assessment
The automotive, which relies on the identical underpinnings because the succesful and trendy Peugeot 3008, is now being provided with a stronger diesel engine – and we have had an opportunity to strive it on British roads.
The 1.5-litre unit replaces the outdated 1.6 motor, as a part of the PSA Peugeot-Citroen Group’s rollout of extra environment friendly engines throughout its vary. The brand new arrival produces 128bhp (a achieve of round 10bhp) however it emits as little as 108g/km of CO2 in the event you select it in one of many Grandland X’s extra modest trim ranges with smaller wheels.
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Right here, although, we’re testing the engine in Elite Nav spec, which brings 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels that nudge the CO2 emissions as much as 110g/km. It is a generously geared up mannequin total, the truth is, as a result of it additionally will get a panoramic glass sunroof, an eight-inch color touchscreen with navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a wi-fi smartphone charger, cruise management, part-leather upholstery, and entrance and rear parking sensors.
The excellent news is that the engine does really feel like a good enchancment over the outdated 1.6. It is comfortable to drag the Grandland X alongside at a brisk tempo, with sufficient torque to make sure that you do not actually need to succeed in the revs the place any diesel clatter can be a difficulty. In actual fact, at motorway speeds the engine fades away properly – permitting the tyre roar from these huge rims to come back to the fore.
That additional tractability is welcome, the truth is, as a result of as is nearly at all times the case with PSA fashions, the guide gearbox is not that satisfying to make use of. There is a exact sufficient mechanism in there someplace, however it’s nicely hidden behind a saggy linkage that leaves you feeling uninvolved.
The remainder of the Grandland X package deal is unchanged, after all. There’s loads of grip however appreciable physique roll in the event you actually attempt to throw the automotive down a twisty street, so it is best to again off just a little and benefit from the consolation as a substitute. The automotive copes nicely with all however the sharpest street imperfections and this actually does really feel like one of many main dividing strains between the Vauxhall and, say, the SEAT Ateca, which is extra rewarding if you would like some enjoyable behind the wheel.
The cabin, in the meantime, affords respectable house for 4 adults – and three might sit within the again for a shorter journey with out a lot grievance. There’s loads of head and legroom, and at 514 litres, the large, huge boot ought to be sufficient for many households’ wants. Inside high quality is strong fairly than distinctive, with loads of soft-touch supplies however the odd little bit of flimsy plastic decrease down.
The largest downside with the automotive we examined was worth. Elite Nav spec prices £28,780, which pitches the Grandland X towards some premium opposition. The extra environment friendly SE trim prices round £4,000 much less and would be the higher possibility for many.