The Crossland X neatly avoids the pitfall that so many small crossovers stumble into in as much as it’s roomy enough inside to be an alternative to a normal five-door hatch.
If you want to give rear passengers as much leg room as they’ll find in, say, an Astra, you’ll have to take advantage of the opportunity to sit more upright than you would in the bigger sibling, but you needn’t otherwise.
The driver’s seat is comfortable if a bit flat but it offers lots of vertical base height adjustment, so you can sit with your scalp either close to the headlining with a good view all round, or much lower and feel more like you’re in a conventional five-door hatchback.
There’s good head room even for taller adults in the back seats, although three adults would be a squeeze back there. Leg room is only about adequate. It may be better with the Crossland X’s sliding rear bench, but that comes only as part of a £300 option pack – and our test car didn’t have it.
On boot space, the Vauxhall does a very competitive but not outstanding job, according to our tape measure, putting itself ahead of the Mazda CX-3 but being beaten narrowly by the Suzuki Vitara.