Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Audible lights on warning
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Digital clock
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Low fuel level warning light
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Nav 5.0 Intellilink sat nav system + 8" colour touchscreen+DAB radio+RDS traffic programme+2 USB+bluetooth audio streaming+Apple CarPlay/Android auto
  • Outside temperature display
  • Rear parking distance sensors
  • Rev counter
  • Service interval indicator
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Wi-Fi hot spot

Exterior Features

  • 2 speed wipers/wash wipe/intermittent wipe
  • Alloy effect front and rear skid plates
  • Auto dimming interior mirror with anti-dazzle function
  • Body colour door handles
  • Chrome effect bar on front grille
  • Chrome side window trim
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Door to door illumination
  • Electric front/rear windows with one touch
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Hazard warning lamps
  • Heated rear window
  • Intermittent rear wash/wipe
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Solar glass windscreen
  • Tunnel detection for auto light control

Interior Features

  • 12V power point front
  • 3 spoke leather covered steering wheel with satin chrome bezel
  • Active carbon filter
  • Air filter
  • Anti submarining front seats
  • Black leather-effect outer side bolsters
  • Carpeted loadspace
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Driver's centre armrest
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Dual zone electronic climate control
  • Flex floor multi-level adjustable load compartment
  • Front door pockets with bottle holders
  • Front map reading lights
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • Glovebox with lid
  • Height adjustable front/rear head restraints
  • Illuminated load area
  • Interior courtesy light operated by all doors
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • LED ambient lighting
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Medium grey fabric inner side bolsters
  • Odour filter
  • Passenger assist handles
  • Pollen filter
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Rear door pockets with bottle holders
  • Rear reading lights
  • Welcome lighting

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • CSC - Cornering stability control
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • EBD + Brake Assist
  • ESP + traction control
  • Front and rear outer seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Full size curtain airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Seatbelt load limiter
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • 2 remote folding keys
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central deadlocking
  • Remote security alarm system

Trim

  • Tioga grey inserts on facia and door panel

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

117

HC+NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1199

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

3

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION

Gears

5 SPEED

Number of Valves

12

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

55.4

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

64.2

EC Urban (mpg)

45.6

General

Badge Engine CC

1.2

Badge Power

83

Based On ID

Coin Description

83

Coin Series

Elite Nav

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

85

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

84

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

62

NCAP Safety Assist %

57

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

16000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

72

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

80000

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

Engine Power - BHP

83

Engine Power - KW

61

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

215/50 R17

Tyre Size Rear

215/50 R17

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

MULTI SPOKE

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1597

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4212

Wheelbase

2604

Width

1742

Width (including mirrors)

1976

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

45

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1255

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

410

No. of Seats

5

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Summary

In the Crossland X, Vauxhall has at last delivered the kind of SUV Crossover that the supermini-based segment of the market really wants. Buyers in this sector who would previously have ignored their local Vauxhall showroom on their way to buy something like a Captur or a Juke will now find the brand much harder to overlook. Overall, we'd say that if you happen to run a dealership with a Griffin brand logo above the door, there are great grounds for optimism here. You have to reason that if Vauxhall could make the Mokka into a sales success, then the prospects for this Crossland X are pretty promising. It is, after all, a significantly more competitive product, a handsome, comfortable and versatile small SUV that demonstrates just why this class of car is so popular. In short, it's the kind of model Vauxhall needs to make. The rest is down to you.

Background

Here's a very fashionable little Vauxhall, the Crossland X. It's a smartly turned-out, family-orientated compact SUV that claims to be perfectly pitched for its target market. It slots in just below the Mokka X model in Vauxhall's SUV line-up. Here's a car with enough space inside to comfortably function as an ideal family second car, yet one that can also slot into the tightest supermarket space. Under the skin, it shares an upgraded version of the platform that underpins a rival Peugeot 2008, plus it gets almost everything from that Gallic model's engine line-up, which means a range of 1.2-litre petrol engines and a couple of 1.6-litre diesels. Vauxhall has built upon the French formula though, with a little of the style that marks out its fashionable ADAM citycar - hence, for example, the fashionable contrast-colour roof. Plus the brand has added in nearly all the advantages of its clever 'OnStar' personal connectivity and service assistant set-up. It all sounds quite promising doesn't it? We took one to Norfolk for the weekend to try it.

Driving Experience

Thanks to its Peugeot-derived platform and light PSA Group engines, this Crossland X has a huge weight advantage over its Mokka X showroom stablemate - around 200kgs - and you really feel that the first time you turn into a bend with any sort of real speed. Don't get us wrong: this Vauxhall isn't any sort of driver's car, but it's certainly a lot more agile and chuckable than you might expect, something we experienced for ourselves on the undulating Norfolk roads we came across as part of our weekend family test drive. Engine-wise, Crossland X buyers are offered a PSA-sourced range of three cylinder 1.2-litre petrol powerplants, plus a couple of that French group's 1.6-litre diesels developing either 99 or 120PS. If budget is everything, there's a price-leading normally aspirated 81PS petrol unit, but easily the best option in the line-up is the mid-range 1.2-litre 110PS turbo petrol powerplant that most likely buyers will choose. It's the only engine on offer with the option of an automatic transmission, but this gearbox makes quite a dent in the efficiency figures. If you need more power, then your Vauxhall dealer will steer you towards the 1.2-litre 130PS model we tried as part of our test.

Design and Build

Buyers in the smallest SUV segment tend to prioritise aesthetics more than those in larger Crossover categories, so with that in mind, it's safe to say that this Crossland X starts off with something of a head-start. Provided you choose a variant with this contrast-coloured roof, there's something of the sophisticated, personalised feel here that you get with the Griffin brand's trendy little ADAM citycar. Inside, the centrepiece of the smartly styled dash is a beautifully-integrated Intellilink infotainment screen which incorporates the usual DAB stereo, Bluetooth 'phone and informational functions. Include the optional satellite navigation system and the screen size increases from 7 to 8-inches and you'll be better set up to use this car's other key technical innovation, the OnStar 'personal connectivity and service assistant'. This includes a vehicle tracking system in case of theft, creates in your Crossland X an in-car wi-fi hotspot and will allow you to monitor key vehicle information via a downloadable 'MyVauxhall' smartphone app. 'OnStar' will also automatically alert the emergency services if the airbags deploy. In the back, there's the useful option of a sliding rear bench, behind which lies a 410-litre boot. This proved to be large enough for my family's weekend luggage and is accessed through a decently-sized rectangular aperture. Push forward the backrest and up to 1,255-litres of fairly flat space is opened up.

Market and Model

Prices start at just over £16,500 and Vauxhall reckons that over 65% of sales of this car will be to private buyers, a much higher percentage than with its Corsa or Mokka X models. Hence perhaps, the emphasis on petrol power in the line-up, all the green pump-fuelled engines being 1.2-litre three cylinder units. If at all possible, try and avoid the entry-level normally aspirated 81PS variant and find the extra that Vauxhall asks for the pokier yet more efficient turbocharged version of this powerplant. A premium of around £1,300 over the base engine gets you a Crossland X 1.2 Turbo with 110PS and a 5-speed manual gearbox. Find a further £500 or so on top of that, you can get yourself the same unit with 130PS and a 6-speed stick shift - which is what we tried. What else might you need to know? Possibly the fact that if you stick with the 110PS petrol model, there's the option of 6-speed automatic transmission - for an extra £1,160. As for diesel power, well we'd question whether you really need it, given the relatively small annual mileages likely to be covered by this kind of car. If you really are set on black pump motoring, then you'll need a budget starting from just under £19,000 for the base 99PS 'BlueInjection' diesel with 5-speed manual transmission. Another £700 or so will be necessary to get this 1.6-litre engine in its pokier 120PS guise with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Finally, we need to mention that, like many cars in the SUV 'B' segment, this one can't be ordered with any kind of 4WD system.

Cost of Ownership

This Crossland X is fully 200kgs lighter than its Mokka X showroom stablemate, which essentially is comparable to the kind of weight saving you'd make if you asked your entire family to get out and walk. Plus it gets PSA Group petrol engine technology which sees all the green pump-fuelled Crossland X models being powered by a three cylinder 1.2-litre powerplant that's vastly cleaner and more frugal than anything we've ever previously seen in a petrol-engined Vauxhall SUV. Let's get to the figures. The 1.2 Turbo 110PS Crossland X variant that most customers will buy delivers 58.9mpg on the combined cycle and 109g/km of CO2 in manual form with 16-inch wheels, returns that are genuinely difficult to beat in this segment. A rival Nissan Juke 1.2 DIG-T looks almost recklessly extravagant by comparison, delivering 49.6mpg and 128g/km. There's not too much of a running cost penalty for upgrading yourself into the 130PS version of the 1.2-litre turbo engine. That's the variant we tried on our weekend test, which manages 55.4mpg and 116g/km of CO2. Go for the 1.6-litre diesel option and you'll find the 99PS variant able to deliver 78.5mpg on the combined cycle and 93g/km of CO2. While the 120PS version of this engine manages 70.6mpg and 105g/km.