Vauxhall Grandland Hybrid running costs, insurance, warranty & tax
Make 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
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|24-32||3yrs / 60,000 miles||1yr / 16,000 miles||From £711 / £1,423|
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 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 Hybrid.
With sub-50g/km CO2 emissions and an official electric range of 34 miles, the Grandland Hybrid falls into the 11% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) band during the 2021-22 financial year, rising to 12% in 2022-23. Compare that to a petrol-powered Grandland with an automatic gearbox (emitting 140g/km of CO2), which sits in the 32% BiK band, and the potential savings are clear.
Vauxhall Grandland Hybrid insurance groups
Insurance groups for the hybrid Vauxhall Grandland start at 24 (for the SE Nav). While that's not 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 turbocharged petrol in Business Edition Nav trim sits in lowly group 14, while even the Elite Nav Premium (both petrol and diesel) is in group 17.
Like all new Vauxhalls, the Grandland – including the hybrid version – 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 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 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 £145 a year to tax. Be careful, however: if your chosen trim level and/or optional extras push the list price beyond £40,000, you’ll pay an additional £335 a year (£480 total) the first five times you tax it.
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 & insurance - currently readingMake 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 & driveThe 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