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Crossover to the new Opel Crossland (1.5-litre Turbo-Diesel on test).

Crossover to the New Opel Crossland Diesel.

Sporting Opel’s handsome new ‘Opel Vizor’ face, the new Crossland possesses a beautiful SUV design that will turn heads wherever you go. The Opel Vizor shows straight away that there is much to get to know under the surface. As with the Mokka, the new Opel Crossland dispenses with the X-appendix in its name, but the versatility, practicality and flexibility for which its predecessor was known remains. Crisp and compact on the outside and impressively spacious on the inside, the cool SUV look of the new Crossland brings a breath of fresh air to the compact SUV market. Opel has further developed the Crossland’s chassis and steering, and added a sporty SRi trim as well as the option of IntelliGrip adaptive traction control. This adaptive traction control system enables optimum traction and stability on all kinds of surface, thanks to its five mode settings of Normal, Snow, Mud, Sand and ESP. The driver can choose between the settings to best suit road conditions. 

Strong Stance.

Organically integrating the grille and headlights, the Opel Vizor of the new Crossland extends in one single sweep across the front of the car. The Vizor optically stretches the width and organises the fascia with a reduced amount of elements. Opel’s legendary lightning-flash emblem proudly dominates the centre. At the rear, new dark-tinted LED tail-lights enhance the signature Opel wing light design, and the new high-gloss black tailgate accents and new badging visually lowers the car, highlighting the new Crossland’s strong stance. Additionally, a wide selection of designer wheels enables buyers to choose a look to suit their individual style – from the elegantly understated to the provocatively eye-catching.

Versatile Practicality.

The Crossland’s rear seats can be moved forwards and rearwards when the need arises, and are foldable at a ratio of 40/60. As a result, the regular cargo capacity of 410-litres can be expanded up to 1,255-litres to accommodate the transportation of large, bulky items – providing the new Crossland with one of the largest and most flexible load capacities in its class. Additionally, the Crossland’s boot floor can be adjusted in height for even greater flexibility.

Petrol & Diesel Engine Options.

The new Crossland is available in a choice of SC, SRi and Elite variants, all of which are available with a choice of petrol or diesel engines. The 1.2-litre petrol engine in all variants is a three-cylinder turbocharged unit with 83bhp and comes with a five-speed manual transmission as standard. Upgrade to the Elite model with a six-speed automatic transmission and the power output is boosted to 130bhp. Diesel power is provided by way of a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine with 110bhp (six-speed manual transmission) or 120bhp in the Elite trim with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Test Car.

My Crossland Elite diesel (6-speed manual) test car looked very elegant in its Diamond Black metallic paintwork with contrasting 16” silver alloy wheels and chrome-effect window mouldings. Being the range-topping model in the line-up, the Crossland Elite really wants for nothing. Key standard equipment includes ABS, EBD, ESP, lane departure warning, enhanced traffic sign recognition, hill start assist, multiple airbags, deactivation switch for front passenger airbag, electronic cruise control with speed limiter, electric child locks, parking sensors front and rear, rear view camera, Thatcham-compliant car alarm system, electronic dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and steering wheel, leather multi-function steering wheel, 7” touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, DAB radio, and Bluetooth, along with many more comfort, convenience, safety and security features. With 110bhp and 250Nm of torque on offer, the new Crossland diesel can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 11.4-seconds, on its way to a top speed of 185km/h (where permitted). My test car exuded excellent road manners on the variety of roads that I travelled in it, with the turbo-diesel engine proving to me just how good its refinement is. With the new Crossland diesel capable of consuming as little as 4.6-litres of fuel for every 100km driven on a WLTP combined driving cycle, and with annual road tax costing just €200, the Crossland diesel is sure to be an easy car to live with in every respect. The relatively high roof in the Crossland translates into excellent head room for all occupants, while leg room in the rear can be extended or reduced via the sliding rear seats when the need arises. The driving position is great too, with superb forward visibility adding greatly to the overall driving experience. Precise steering and an excellent manual gearbox, which is light and quick, are perfectly suited to the new Crossland’s underpinnings and powertrain, while new springs and dampers have cured the slightly wayward low speed handling characteristics of the original model.


The new Opel Crossland is available now from just €23,250 (ex-works) in petrol engine form, or from €25,050 when powered by Opel’s amazing turbo-diesel engine. Sporting a cool new look, a practical cabin, generous standard equipment, and a range of fuel-efficient and refined engines, the new Opel Crossland is a desirable compact crossover in every sense.

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