Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid practicality & boot space
Opting for the Hybrid means sacrificing some of the standard Grandland X's versatility – but this is still a practical family car
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The Vauxhall Grandland X is a rival for family SUVs like the Skoda Karoq and Peugeot 3008 – the latter of which it shares much of its DNA with, as well as its plug-in hybrid powertrain. It stacks up well against these cars in terms of practicality and boot space, although the electrical systems do rob the Vauxhall of some of its outright space.
Don’t let that put you off, though – there’s more than enough space inside the Grandland X for a family of four. Access to the rear seats is easy due to the wide-opening doors, although there’s no seven-seat option – even if you go for the non-hybrid petrol or diesel. Thanks to large windows and light steering, this is an easy enough car to park, however, despite its sizeable 4.5-metre length and long bonnet.
Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
Both the standard petrol and diesel Grandland X and this new plug-in hybrid version have been designed from the ground up to be fantastic family cars. That means there's plenty of space inside for the whole family and their luggage – plus space and cubbyholes for all their odds and ends.
In addition to the usable boot and spacious second row of seats, there are big door bins and a useful cubby ahead of the gearlever for keeping things like keys or your mobile phone. There are two cupholders on the centre console, with a lidded storage bin behind them. In the back, there’s no shortage of areas for kids to lose bits and bobs, as well as another set of door bins for water bottles or other paraphernalia.
The car's 13.2kWh battery is located under the boot floor. This means luggage capacity with the rear seats up falls from 514 litres in non-hybrid versions of the Grandland X to 390 litres in the Hybrid. With the seats down, there’s a 1,528-litre load space on offer – compared to 1,652 litres in the purely petrol or diesel models.
While that may sound like a big compromise, in reality the Grandland X Hybrid is still a very versatile family car. It’s unlikely you’ll notice the reduced boot volume in day-to-day use, as most of the space lost is under the floor.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Grandland X Hybrid is Vauxhall's first plug-in hybrid SUV. It's far from perfect, but not without appeal
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingAs with all plug-ins, how efficient the Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid is depends on how much you use the electric motor versus the petrol engine
- 3Running costsMake sure you do your sums – the Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid won’t save you money on servicing or insurance
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe hybrid Vauxhall Grandland X has a pleasing turn of pace, but few will need such a powerful SUV for family duties
- 5Interior & comfortLike many modern Vauxhalls, the Grandland X Hybrid's interior is functional and logically laid-out – yet it lacks any real flair
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingOpting for the Hybrid means sacrificing some of the standard Grandland X's versatility – but this is still a practical family car
- 7Reliability & safetyThe standard Vauxhall Grandland X has a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, making it one of the safest cars on the road