Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid interior & comfort
Like many modern Vauxhalls, the Grandland X Hybrid's interior is functional and logically laid-out – yet it lacks any real flair
Modern-day Vauxhalls appear to have been designed with user-friendliness at the forefront. For some, that’ll be just the ticket; we like the Grandland X's responsive touchscreen and the climate control is easy to operate. The dials are easy to read, too, with the small digital TFT screen allowing you to flick through various trip information, or adjust it to show your speed in big, clear numbers.
The seats feel suitably supportive and there’s loads of adjustment in the driving position. You do sit quite high, but as this is an SUV – and one (despite its performance) that offers little in the way of dynamism – that’s unlikely to matter. Every version gets dual-zone climate control, making it easy to adjust the temperature and keep it at a steady level.
Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid dashboard
In the process of making the interior logical and easy to use, the Grandland X's designers appear to have dismissed any kind of style or flair. While the car feels solidly built using plenty of high-grade materials, the interior is a sea of black plastic with very little in the way of unique touches or standout features. That said, we love the futuristic gearlever mounted to the centre console, which has been lifted from the latest and greatest Peugeot models – with which the Grandland X shares so much of its DNA.
Equipment, options & accessories
If you were making a case for the Grandland X Hybrid4, the other redeeming feature you’d point to is the generous kit list: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included as standard, as is an eight-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, smart cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, plus a suite of driver safety aids.
Private buyers will be ushered towards the SRi Nav trim, which gets away with being almost £5,000 more expensive on the price list thanks to finance deals on offer. Stump up an £8,379 deposit or part-exchange and you’ll have monthly repayments of £399 over a 47-month contract.
Elite Nav – the next level up – costs £43,400 and adds a heated steering wheel, windscreen and front seats, as well as a panoramic glass roof. The top-spec Ultimate Nav trim is priced at a breathtaking £46,650, and while it introduces LED headlights, ventilated front seats and an improved audio system, it still makes do with analogue dials in the instrument cluster.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
We like Vauxhall’s responsive eight-inch touchscreen, even if some of the menus aren’t as intuitive as we’d like. Still, every version comes with European mapping, voice control, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as USB and Bluetooth connectivity. Downloading the MyVauxhall smartphone app will allow you to monitor charging remotely, as well as pre-heat or pre-cool the interior before a journey. Well-equipped though it may be, however, the entry-level Grandland X Hybrid is pricey for private buyers; it's really aimed at business buyers with the low P11D value designed to drive down Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax.
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 & comfort - currently readingLike 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