Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid engines, drive & performance
The hybrid Vauxhall Grandland X has a pleasing turn of pace, but few will need such a powerful SUV for family duties
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The range-topping, four-wheel-drive Hybrid4 version of the Grandland X plug-in is very quick – alarmingly so at times – in a way you don’t want or need in a family SUV with a Vauxhall badge on the nose. Worse still, the Grandland X doesn’t really have the handling to back up this prodigious performance. If you want a plug-in hybrid SUV that handles like a sports car, you’ll need to spend a good chunk more on something like a BMW X5 xDrive45e or Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid.
Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
The addition of electric power gives the Grandland X Hybrid4 delusions of grandeur. Defaulting to electric mode from start-up, the car’s 111bhp rear-axle-mounted motor does all the work up to 50mph, with the 108bhp front-mounted motor chipping in thereafter.
Vauxhall doesn’t give electric-only acceleration figures, but from behind the wheel the throttle response feels sprightly. In fact, the car will hit 84mph without any help from the engine. The Hybrid4 four-wheel-drive model gets a whopping 296bhp, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 5.9 seconds. That’s faster than most modern-day hot hatchbacks, let alone equivalent petrol-powered SUVs.
The thing is, that’s far quicker than most owners would ever want or need their family car to be; the cheaper and less powerful front-wheel-drive version is the pick of the range. This gets 222bhp and will still hit 62mph in 8.6 seconds, which should be more than sufficient for the majority of family-car buyers. Both models will do 140mph-plus, should you find yourself on a derestricted German autobahn.
The Grandland X 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.
In the Hybrid4, all-wheel-drive is available on demand, but you’ll be hard-pushed to notice it working on anything but seriously slippery roads. 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 X a slightly lumpy low-speed ride but things smooth out on the motorway.
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 & performance - currently readingThe 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