Vauxhall Grandland Hybrid performance, top speed & engine
The hybrid Vauxhall Grandland has a pleasing turn of pace, but it's not that entertaining to drive otherwise
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When Vauxhall first brought plug-in hybrid power to the original Grandland X in early 2019, there was a choice of both a two-wheel-drive, 222bhp version and a four-wheel-drive 'Hybrid4' variant with nearly 300bhp on tap. Evidently, the latter didn't sell particularly well, as it wasn't carried over when the model was refreshed in late 2021.
Vauxhall Grandland Hybrid 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
Vauxhall doesn’t give electric-only acceleration figures for the Grandland Hybrid, but from behind the wheel in electric mode, the throttle response feels sprightly. In fact, the car will hit 84mph without any help from the engine. When the engine a motor work together, their combined 222bhp is enough to get the car to 62mph from rest in 8.6 seconds, which should be more than sufficient for the majority of family-car buyers.
The Grandland Hybrid is very quiet at all speeds, and happily it remains so when the engine kicks into life. In hybrid mode – where the car works out the most efficient mix of electric and petrol power – you’ll hardly notice the transition between the two powertrains, while the eight-speed automatic gearbox is incredibly smooth. On the downside, the steering is fairly lifeless and the suspension doesn’t like fast changes of direction, but it’ll tuck into a steady turn nicely and without too much body lean. The firm suspension gives the Grandland a slightly lumpy low-speed ride, but things smooth out on the motorway.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Grandland Hybrid was Vauxhall's first plug-in hybrid SUV and a late 2021 update has boosted its appeal in some areas
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingAs with all plug-ins, how efficient the Vauxhall Grandland Hybrid is depends on how much you use the electric motor versus the petrol engine
- 3Running costs & insuranceMake sure you do your sums – although it's a very affordable company car, the Vauxhall Grandland Hybrid won't save you money on servicing or insurance
- 4Performance, engine & drive - currently readingThe hybrid Vauxhall Grandland has a pleasing turn of pace, but it's not that entertaining to drive otherwise
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortBefore the late 2021 facelift, the Grandland's interior lacked flair, but things have been improved considerably by the refresh
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityOpting for the Hybrid means sacrificing some of the standard Grandland's versatility – but this is still a practical family car
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe standard Vauxhall Grandland has a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, which applies to the hybrid variant, too