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Vauxhall Grandland Hybrid boot space & seating

Opting for the Hybrid means sacrificing some of the standard Grandland's versatility – but this is still a practical family car

Overall rating

3.0 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£22,900 - £44,000
Fuel Types:
Hybrid Petrol, Petrol
LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up/down)
4,477mm2,098mm1,609mm390/1,528 litres

The Vauxhall Grandland 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 hybrid system does rob the Vauxhall of some of its outright space.

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Don’t let that put you off, though – there’s more than enough space inside the Grandland 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 Hybrid interior space, storage & comfort

Both the standard petrol and diesel Grandland and this 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.

Boot space

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 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.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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