Opel’s ‘X’cellent new ‘Grandland X’ SUV

With world-wide sales of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV’s) at an all-time high, car manufacturer’s are quickly realising just how important SUV’s are in terms of volume and profitability. As a result, Opel now has three such vehicles, with the Grandland X joining the Mokka X and Crossland X to make a full range of SUVs for buyers to choose from. Whereas the Mokka X and Crossland X essentially fight for the same buyers, the Grandland X is positioned as the German manufacturer’s flagship, being noticeably larger and more expensive.

Opel’s recently launched Grandland X is based on the same platform as the multi award-winning Peugeot 3008 SUV. Thanks to Opel’s recent takeover by the PSA Group (Peugeot’s parent company) the Grandland X shares many parts with the French SUV, and comes with a similar range of engines and gearboxes.

Modern, dynamic lines, and a cool off-road look with elevated seating position give the new Opel Grandland X a powerful and elegant stance on the open-road. With good all-round visibility, along with cutting-edge technology and plenty of space and comfort for up to five passengers – this is Opel at its best.

The new Grandland X side views echo the attractive combination of rugged SUV appeal and elegant lines. Muscular, sculpted wheel arches and protective cladding on the lower body give the Grandland X real beauty and genuine off-road appeal. In contrast, clear lines and the refined blade on the lower doors identify the new Grandland X as a member of the Opel family. Optional two-tone finish with the roof in contrasting black adds an extra touch of personalisation. Its smooth flow into the rest of the body is emphasised by the “breakthrough” C pillar, which also creates a dynamic bond to the rear. The rear view of the Grandland X possesses real SUV character thanks to a wide stance, silver under-ride protection (with integrated tailpipes on the left and right), protective cladding and slim LED taillights.

The cabin of the new Grandland X is equally as impressive as the exterior thanks to clever use of space and excellent ergonomics. The instrument panel and centre stack with touchscreen are clearly laid out and horizontally aligned to the driver. The centre stack has three horizontal rows of controls for fast and intuitive access to infotainment, climate control and chassis functions. The interior surfaces have a high-quality look and feel, providing the occupants with a feeling of supreme comfort in all seats. They benefit from the SUV-typical elevated seating position that facilitates access and ensures good visibility. The optional panorama glass sunroof floods the interior with light and provides excellent skyward visibility. Typical first-class Opel comfort is ensured by the AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs) certified ergonomic seats as well as a heated steering wheel and seat heating front and rear, which is standard on Elite and Ultimate models.

Four trim levels are available in the new Grandland X – SC, SRi, Elite and Ultimate, while engine options consist of a 1.2-litre turbo-charged petrol with 130PS and a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel with 120PS. Transmission options consist of a slick six-speed manual or a smooth six-speed automatic.

My test car was a Grandland X Elite 1.6-litre turbo-diesel, six-speed manual, finished in delightful Golden Sandstone metallic paint. With 300Nm of torque available from this four-cylinder engine, the 0-100km/h sprint can be completed in 11.8-seconds while leading to a top speed of 189km/h (where permitted). Thanks to low emissions of 111g/km, annual road tax is just €200. Opel claim fuel consumption as low as 3.5l/100km is possible on an extra-urban driving cycle. Standard specification across the entire Opel Grandland range is impressive, with my test car coming with Navi 5.0 IntelliLink satellite navigation, 8-inch colour touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, wireless inductive charging, 18” alloy wheels, electric wing mirrors with puddle lights, auto wipers, auto lights with high beam assist, front fog lights, power tailgate, rear privacy glass, chrome side window trim, leather seat trim, power driver’s seat, heated front seats and multi-function steering wheel, cruise control with speed limiter, dual zone climate control, 60/40 split folding rear seats, front camera system with lane departure warning, speed sign recognition, forward collision alert, LED daytime running lights, emergency braking system, hill start assist, ESP with traction control, side blind spot alert and parking sensors front and rear. Optional equipment fitted to this car consisted of IntelliGrip (All Road Pack) which is priced at a very reasonable €290 and ensures top road grip in diverse driving situations, along with heated rear seats (€340) and a Premium LED Adaptive Forward Lighting Pack (€1,250). All trim levels come with Opel’s excellent OnStar concierge package, which can help you get to your destination, or call the emergency services in the event of an accident.

With a five star Euro NCAP safety rating, the Opel Grandland X is one of the safest cars on the market. The Grandland X also features a first-class portfolio of ultra-modern assistance systems that make travelling more relaxing: Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, Driver Drowsiness Alert, Advanced Park Assist and a 360° Camera are just some highlights. Optional systems such as Automatic Cruise Control with stop function, which maintains the speed and selected distance to the vehicle ahead and brakes to a full stop or accelerates the Grandland X when required, increase safety even further. Opel again delivers on its commitment to leadership in lighting technology, equipping the Grandland X with bright driving light thanks to Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) LED headlamps upon request. Functions such as cornering lights, high beam assist and auto levelling guarantee optimal illumination of the road ahead in all situations.

Space in the back of the Grandland X is excellent, and growing families will appreciate the flat floor, which allows passengers to sit three-abreast in comfort. There is ample head and legroom, and plenty of storage areas and cubby holes throughout the entire cabin.

Boot space is generous, with 514-litres available with the rear seats in the upright position and a massive 1,652-litres with the rear seats folded.

Driving the new Opel Grandland X is a real pleasure, with the car providing a soft and composed ride quality, while the precise steering is well weighted and confidence inspiring. Ex-works prices for the new Opel Grandland X start at just €27,995, while the Elite model I drove is priced at €34,095.