The Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 may well turn out to be its own worst enemy in so many ways. Its 200mpg billing is likely to be matched by only a very small minority of owners; the performance of its near-300-horsepower powertrain is a deal more alluring in prospect than in practice; and its SUV-aping profile is suggestive of practicality and versatility that the car struggles to deliver.
But this is also an ultra-modern, low-emissions fleet car with plenty of on-paper appeal to company car drivers and it would be unfair to pronounce on it in trumped-up, pseudo-performance terms. Most owners adopting one in replacement of a mid-range diesel Qashqai or Ateca ought to be pretty happy with its dynamic competence in most driving situations and also, broadly, with what happens when you dig into the right-hand pedal.
It may be regrettable that the car’s dynamic execution wasn’t really carried out with keener drivers in mind but, for us, it’s the lack of careful polish about the car’s drivability that leaves the more lasting aftertaste. It wouldn’t drain all of the appeal out of an interesting, if imperfect, company car, but it would certainly disappoint at times.