We’re now well used to PSA’s 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine in various Peugeots, Citroëns and DSs, where it commonly seems a slightly uncouth but likeably strong and characterful motor.
Credit to Opel-Vauxhall’s powertrain engineers, then, for better masking the tremulous edge of the 128bhp unit’s combustion than some of their new French counterparts have, and making it run a bit more smoothly and quietly in the Crossland X than it does elsewhere.
The Vauxhall settles to a fairly muted idle and it doesn’t shimmy or vibrate to its engine’s peculiar beat as markedly as some of its relations do.
It’s a shame, therefore, that fact doesn’t make this car worthy of recommendation in a broader sense.
Vauxhall’s claim is to be courting more mature, comfort-orientated crossover customers here than it has with the Mokka X, but those customers won’t be particularly impressed with the Crossland X’s roaring, occasionally clunky ride (more of which shortly) or by the amount of wind noise rustling around its door mirrors and creeping around its door seals. Cabin isolation is pretty average.