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The Crossland X is a new compact crossover that offers plenty of practicality and equipment, but rivals are better to drive

Our Verdict

Vauxhall Crossland X

Vauxhall’s compact crossover aims to carve out a niche independent from the Mokka X. Can the Crossland X succeed?

11 May 2017

What is it?

Sixty-three millimetres. That’s all there is between the lengths of the new Crossland X and the recently updated Mokka X. So, what’s Vauxhall playing at, having two crossovers with barely a cigarette packet to separate them?

Well, it argues that the Mokka is more of a traditional SUV, with big wheels (up to 19in), aggressive looks and the option of four-wheel drive, whereas the Crossland comes with 16 or 17in wheels, majors on practicality and is front-wheel drive only.

It’s based on a platform that will also underpin the next Citroën C4, thanks to a deal with PSA that predates the recently agreed buyout. This original deal will also see Vauxhall launch a bigger, Grandland X model based on the current Peugeot 3008 and is the reason why the Crossland uses PSA engines: a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel.

However, it’s safe to assume that there will be a lot more of this platform sharing between the brands going forward, so the Crossland X represents a taste of Vauxhall’s future.

What's it like?

We tried the mid-range 1.2, which produces 108bhp and 151lb ft of torque, and is both punchy and happy to rev. Unfortunately, it’s mated to a five-speed manual transmission which has a vague shift action and lets the engine rev quite noisily at motorway speeds.

The transmission isn’t the only thing about the driving experience that disappoints. The Crossland X also provides little steering feedback and suffers from a fair bit of body roll in bends, while scruffy road surfaces send thumps through the cabin.

At least the steering is light, so if you spend most of your time weaving through urban traffic, the Crossland X is an easy car to live with and park; the fact you sit quite high and all-round visibility is superb also helps.

Ultimately, though, it’s practicality that most impresses. There’s plenty of space for four adults inside, you get a 410-litre boot that puts the Nissan Juke’s (and the Mokka’s) to shame, and Vauxhall offers a £300 Versatility Pack that brings exactly that, because it includes rear seats that slide back and forth and fold 40/20/40.

The Crossland X has lots of standard equipment, too, with even the entry-level SE spec getting alloy wheels, cruise control, dual-zone climate control and a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.

In fact, the only noticeable omission is autonomous emergency braking; it’s part of an optional safety pack that also includes a driver drowsiness detector.

Most of the plastic in the car are hard, but construction feels solid enough, with the exception of the handbrake. And besides, the Crossland X’s rivals don’t have particularly classy and well-finished interiors, either.

Should I buy one?

Despite being the same size as the Mokka and offering more interior space, the Crossland X is a little cheaper to buy.

True, it has a higher starting price than rivals such as the Juke, Peugeot 2008 and Suzuki Vitara, but this is mainly because the entry-level version is equipped to the same sort of level as those cars are in mid-spec form.

Fuel economy is also competitive, with the diesel engines both averaging more than 70mpg in official tests, while the petrols all manage more than 50mpg. So, it’s really just the driving experience that lets the Crossland X down.

If practicality is your top concern, it’s well worth considering. But if you’re looking for a small SUV that’s fun to drive, the Vitara and Mazda CX-3 are better choices, while Renault’s Captur is more comfortable and a quieter cruiser.

Vauxhall Crossland X 1.2T 110 Ecotech SE

Price £17,875 Engine 3 cyls, 1199cc, turbocharged, petrol Power 108bhp Torque 151lb ft Gearbox 5-spd manual Kerb weight N/A Top speed 117mph 0-62mph 10.6sec Economy 58.9mpg CO2/tax band 109g/km/20% Rivals Nissan Juke 1.2 DIG-T N-Connecta; Renault Captur TCe 120 Dynamique Nav

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11 May 2017
I can see why they don't want to call it an MPV, as they are deeply unfashionable these days. So perhaps, marketing department aside, they might admit it's just a tall and plain hatchback with underwhelming performance and all the sex appeal of a kitchen appliance. I've a feeling you won't see many of these on the road.

11 May 2017
I see lots and lots of Mokkas so I imagine this will sell well too. Obviously the owners lack any imagination whatsoever - this is indeed just a tall hatchback, and a pricey one at that. Frankly, 3 stars is very generous.

11 May 2017
If this is the future of Vauxhall,god help us, this is an overpriced supermini tricked up to look like an SUV.One of the positive effects of any PSA/Opel merger will see the removal of this uninspiring vehicle from the merged company's product range

11 May 2017
ianp55 wrote:

If this is the future of Vauxhall,god help us, this is an overpriced supermini tricked up to look like an SUV.One of the positive effects of any PSA/Opel merger will see the removal of this uninspiring vehicle from the merged company's product range

Some how even I think it'll be the Mokka that'll quietly be dropped. Got a feeling we're going have even more Peugeot based tat forced on us, & when the Vauxhall/Opel sales falter they're dumped. Another competitor disposed of. Other than the 208 & 308 GTI series there's nothing of Peugeot stuff that tempts me, & non of shitroen/DS.

11 May 2017
I'm sure that the Mokka X will be dropped along with the Viva/Karl as they're both built by GM Korea or as it used to be known as Daewoo & Chevrolet,it's unlikely that PSA will want to shell out to buy in cars from GM when there are cars in the PSA range that can have Vauxhall/Opel badges screwed on them

11 May 2017
Vauxhall would of done far better to base this car in the Astra platform. Would of been a decent car. PSA platform aren't exactky known for being the best!

11 May 2017
How to pronounce the name? Is it "Crossland Cross"? Or "Crossland (the letter) X? Or "Crossland Ten"? Or "Crossland Times"?
Dopey name, whichever, for a fugly car. Thank goodness our roads here are not afflicted by this blot on the landscape.
Robbo.

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

11 May 2017
That is a sad, sad little car.

12 May 2017
Yes, not a great car. However chuck in aggressive discounting, low rate finance and special editions they will sell by the bucket load. Vauxhall's MO. A car bought for what it costs, not how it feels.
Spanner

12 May 2017
...be loads of these. Editing was never my strong point.
Spanner

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