Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid running costs
Make sure you do your sums – the Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid won’t save you money on servicing or insurance
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|24-32||3yrs / 60,000 miles||1yr / 16,000 miles||From £647 / £1,293|
It’s clear there are financial savings to be made if your driving style or daily commute suits a plug-in hybrid. However, the price of fuel and/or electricity forms only a small part of what it costs to run a car – so how does the Grandland X Hybrid compare to its petrol and diesel equivalents when it comes to things like insurance, servicing and tax?
Below, you’ll notice that insurance is likely to cost a little more, and road tax slightly less. Servicing costs are neither here nor there, while Vauxhall’s standard warranty applies to all its petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric vehicles. Company-car tax will be a huge consideration for many looking to make the switch to hybrid power. This is where many will make the biggest savings – and it’s no different for those looking at the Grandland X Hybrid.
With CO2 emissions of between 34 and 35g/km and an official electric range of 35 miles, both the front and four-wheel-drive Grandland X Hybrid models fall in to the 10% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) band during the 2020-21 financial year, rising one percentage point each year through 2021-22 and 2022-23.
Compare that to a petrol-powered Grandland X with an automatic gearbox (emitting 147g/km of CO2), which sits in the 32% BiK band, and the potential savings are clear. Be sure you can plug the car in on a regular basis, however – if you can’t, you’ll quickly spend the money you’ve saved on tax at the petrol pump.
Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid insurance groups
Insurance groups for the hybrid Vauxhall Grandland X starts at 24 (for the SE Nav front-wheel-drive model), rising to 29 for the Business Edition Nav Premium Hybrid4 four-wheel-drive version. Higher-spec SRi Nav Hybrid4 cars sit in group 30, while range-topping Ultimate Nav Hybrid4 cars have a group 32 rating. For comparison, a Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 in flashy Inscription spec also falls into group 32, despite its ‘premium’ badge.
While none of those ratings are particularly high, the Grandland is likely to be more expensive to insure than the equivalent petrol or diesel models. For example, a 1.2-litre turbo petrol in Business Edition Nav trim sits in lowly group 14, while even Elite Nav Premium cars (both petrol and diesel) are in group 17.
Like all new Vauxhall models, the Grandland X – including the hybrid versions – gets a three-year manufacturer warranty. This covers the car for unlimited mileage in the first year, but is restricted to a total of 60,000 miles in years two and three. That puts the Grandland on par with most of its rivals, though go searching and you’ll find some competitors offer five or even seven-year warranties. Buyers can pay for an extended warranty to cover the car up to eight years or 80,000 miles.
Vauxhall hasn’t confirmed servicing prices or service intervals for the Grandland X Hybrid yet, but it’s fair to assume that it’ll follow the petrol car’s plan. That’d mean a service every 12 months or 16,000 miles – whichever comes sooner. Fixed-price services range from £160 to £365 depending on whether it's an interim, main or major service, although service plans, which spread the cost over 12 months or more, should be available at point of purchase.
Despite the Grandland X Hybrid emitting comparatively little CO2, it’s only classed as an ‘alternative-fuel’ vehicle, which represents a measly £10 saving on annual VED, or road tax. That means an entry-level model will cost £140 a year to tax. Be careful, however. Top-spec cars breach the £40,000 barrier; go for one of these and you’ll pay an additional £325 a year (£465 total) the first five times you tax it.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Grandland X Hybrid is Vauxhall's first plug-in 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 costs - currently readingMake 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 spaceOpting 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