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Technical Data
Transmission Manual
MPG Combined 55.4
CO2 117 g/km
Fuel Type Petrol
0 to 62 mph 14.5 sec
Key Features
Air Con
Sat Nav
Cruise Control
Immobiliser/Alarm

Vauxhall takes on strong-selling supermini-based SUVs more credibly with this Crossland X model. Jonathan Crouch takes a family drive in one.

Ten Second Review

Vauxhall is getting serious about every area of the small SUV sector. Proof of that is delivered by this, its smallest offering, the Crossland X. It's compact yet surprisingly spacious, as well as being fashionable to look at and efficient to run. There's no pretence at off road capability but in all the areas that really matter, this car looks to be a strong proposition.

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 Usership

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.

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.

CO2 (g/km)
117
HC+NOx
Not Available
Particles
Not Available
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Camshaft
DOHC
Catalytic Convertor
Yes
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
EC Combined (mpg)
55.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
64.2
EC Urban (mpg)
45.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
6.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
7.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
7.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
5.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
42.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
43.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
37.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
38.7
WLTP - MPG - High - Max
48.7
WLTP - MPG - High - Min
50.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
37.7
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
38.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
45.6
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
47.9
Badge Engine CC
1.2
Badge Power
81
Based On ID
Not Available
Coin Description
Not Available
Coin Series
Elite Nav
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
8E
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?
Not Available
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
Service Interval Mileage
16000
Special Edition
Not Available
Special Order
Not Available
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
0 to 60 mph (secs)
Not Available
0 to 62 mph (secs)
14.5
Engine Power - BHP
81
Engine Power - KW
60
Engine Power - PS
Yes
Engine Power - RPM
5750
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
87
Engine Torque - MKG
12
Engine Torque - NM
118
Engine Torque - RPM
2750
Top Speed
106
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Alloys?
Yes
Space Saver?
Not Available
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
Height
1597
Height (including roof rails)
Not Available
Length
4212
Wheelbase
2604
Width
1742
Width (including mirrors)
1976
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
45
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
1255
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
410
No. of Seats
5
6 speakers
Body colour roof + door mirrors
Solid paint
Headlamp levelling
Cloth upholstery
60/40 split folding rear seat
8 way driver,6 way passenger adjustable seats
17" Multi spoke diamond cut alloy wheels in technical grey
Tyre inflation kit

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Price
Transmission Automatic Manual Manual Automatic Manual
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol Petrol Petrol Petrol
Seats 5 5 5 5 5
Doors 5 5 5 5 5
CO2 157 g/km 121 g/km 118 g/km 140 g/km 107 g/km
MPG 41.5 53.2 55.4 46.3 60.1
BHP 140 140 131 121 80
0 to 62 10.1 sec 10.9 sec 9.3 sec 9.9 sec 12.7 sec

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