PSA Group's 296bhp all-wheel-drive petrol-electric hybrid powertrain is added to SUV's line-up
James Attwood, digital editor
10 September 2019

Vauxhall's first full plug-in hybrid, the Grandland X Hybrid4, has appeared at the Frankfurt motor show alongside the new Corsa supermini

The electrified compact SUV is is now available to order in four trim levels, with prices starting from £35,590. Each is equipped with a 296bhp petrol-electric powertrain that entails significant benefit-in-kind tax savings for company car drivers. 

Entry-level Business Edition Nav Premium trim offers the most attractive financial incentive, representing a saving of £145 per month over the 1.5-litre diesel-powered Elite. Standard at this level are an intelligent speed limiter, blindspot monitoring, an electric parking brake, electric mirrors and a heated windscreen. 

The price rises to £40,300 for SRi Nav trim, which adds a DAB radio, front-mounted childseat fixings and automatic emergency braking. Elite Nav, at £42,200, and Ultimate Nav, at £45,450, round off the range with extra driver assistance systems and interior equipment. 

The compact SUV's PSA Group-developed plug-in hybrid system features a 196bhp 1.6-litre Puretech petrol engine and two 108bhp electric motors powered by a 13.2kWh lithium ion battery. The front motor is integrated into an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with the second motor at the rear giving all-wheel-drive on demand.

The same system is being introduced in other PSA Group models based on the LMP2 platform, including the Citroën C5 AircrossDS 7 CrossbackPeugeot 508Peugeot 508 SW and Peugeot 3008.

The Grandland X Hybrid4 is capable of 32 miles of electric-only running, and Vauxhall says it can be charged in less than two hours from a 7.4kWh home wallbox. It also features regenerative braking. It achieves 176.5mpg on the WLTP combined cycle, accelerates from 0-62mph in 7.0sec and emits just 36g/km of CO2.

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Vauxhall will offer the SUV with its Free2Move Service, which will give access to 85,000 charging points across Europe, with a trip planner to find charging stations included within the sat-nav system. The Grandland X Hybrid4 also features the latest version of the the Vauxhall Connect telematics service.

As part of the PSA Group’s wider electrification plans, Vauxhall will offer electrified versions of its entire product range by 2024, with plug-in hybrid powertrains for larger models and fully electric versions of smaller machines. It will launch an electric version of the new Corsa later this year and has confirmed fully electric versions of the next Mokka X small SUVVivaro van and Vivaro Life people carrier.

While the Grandland X Hybrid4 is Vauxhall's first mainstream hybrid model, from 2012-15 it sold the Ampera, which featured an electric motor with a back-up petrol engine to recharge the battery. The Ampera was later reworked into a full electric model, but this never came to the UK.

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13 May 2019

I like the C5 Aircross, but it loses half its value in the first 2 years so is an expensive lease, long term private buyers would be OK as it eventually levels out but should demand huge up front discounts.

The Grandland is even worse! decreciating a pound per mile in the first couple of years. A Grandland that costs £3K more than an Aircross, after 2 years ends up worth £1K less than even the Citroen!Which may make this a pointless excercise, PHEV's are really the BIK darlings of the fleet market, but for all the low CO2 figures, if the lease is very expensive the total cost of ownership won't be attractive enough to shift any.

13 May 2019

Quite some statements. Works best if you provide the reader with a credible source. No, not VW Webcare. 

The Apprentice wrote:

I like the C5 Aircross, but it loses half its value in the first 2 years so is an expensive lease, long term private buyers would be OK as it eventually levels out but should demand huge up front discounts.

The Grandland is even worse! decreciating a pound per mile in the first couple of years. A Grandland that costs £3K more than an Aircross, after 2 years ends up worth £1K less than even the Citroen!Which may make this a pointless excercise, PHEV's are really the BIK darlings of the fleet market, but for all the low CO2 figures, if the lease is very expensive the total cost of ownership won't be attractive enough to shift any.

13 May 2019
Rick Maverick wrote:

Quite some statements. Works best if you provide the reader with a credible source. No, not VW Webcare. 

The Apprentice wrote:

I like the C5 Aircross, but it loses half its value in the first 2 years so is an expensive lease, long term private buyers would be OK as it eventually levels out but should demand huge up front discounts.

The Grandland is even worse! decreciating a pound per mile in the first couple of years. A Grandland that costs £3K more than an Aircross, after 2 years ends up worth £1K less than even the Citroen!Which may make this a pointless excercise, PHEV's are really the BIK darlings of the fleet market, but for all the low CO2 figures, if the lease is very expensive the total cost of ownership won't be attractive enough to shift any.

Well its not rocket science, go yourself to fleetnews.co.uk - fleet tools - company car tax calculator and put the models in, it will tell you the CO2, list price, current CAP depreciation, life costs, residual value etc. This is the fleet industry trade site, I think its a pretty reputable source! 

Don't know what VW has to do with it, never have and probably never will own a VW.

13 May 2019

Just doesn't sound right or environmental.

13 May 2019

Also, if the most expensive version is currently around £35.5k the battery option will probably tip it into the £40k bracket. It's not sounding just plain wrong and I thought the DS brand was top end luxury.

2 August 2019

Top-of-the-range Grandland X Ultimate Nav in Pearl White, perforated black leather seats and the questionable black "hood", as Vauxhall call it, costs a sweet £46,600. That doesn't include the £500 wall charger. Absolutely bonkers!

3 August 2019

As is belatedly acknowledged in the article, this is not Vauxhall’s first plug in hybrid at all.

4 August 2019
xxxx wrote:

Also, if the most expensive version is currently around £35.5k the battery option will probably tip it into the £40k bracket. It's not sounding just plain wrong and I thought the DS brand was top end luxury.

So most Grandland X hybrids sold will tip the £40k mark. I see lots of Grandland X SUV's on the road so no doubt people like it - that takes care of any depreciation arguement, but trouble with the hybrid is that the cars will cost £455 per year in road tax.

If government at serious about environment rather than raising tax revenue then someone will have to address this £40k list price limit. When even a plain Vauxhall falls foul, then something's wrong - it must have a negative effect if gov are serious about taking full petrol and diesel cars off the road.

5 August 2019
scotty5 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Also, if the most expensive version is currently around £35.5k the battery option will probably tip it into the £40k bracket. It's not sounding just plain wrong and I thought the DS brand was top end luxury.

So most Grandland X hybrids sold will tip the £40k mark. I see lots of Grandland X SUV's on the road so no doubt people like it - that takes care of any depreciation arguement, ....

'takes care of any depreciation arguement' - no it doesn't, it could just mean they discounted big time. Nothing wrong with the car as a whole just the £40k+ versions  

4 August 2019
xxxx wrote:

Also, if the most expensive version is currently around £35.5k the battery option will probably tip it into the £40k bracket. It's not sounding just plain wrong and I thought the DS brand was top end luxury.

In July 2015, the £ was trading at 1.4225 euros, so a car built across the channel that costi 42675 euros could be sold here for £30,000

Fsat forward to today and ignoring any price increase on the same car in its home market, the £ is trading at 1.095 euros. So to get the same number of euros for the car, it has to be priced at £38,972 - and increase of almost 30%.

So now here in the UK, for a given budget, you have to look at a lower size/spec of car.

Simple really......

 

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