Opel was no pioneer in the discovery of the SUV. But latecomers can convince. We have tried what the Opel Grandland X has to offer as an SUV for the journey.
SUV booming, one has noticed with some delay even with Opel. For a long time, the Russians had only the Mokka X on offer, although quite successful, but only served the division of the small SUV. Meanwhile, the portfolio has grown significantly; Only in cooperation with PSA, then as a member of the group, Opel can still show the small Crossland X and the compact model Grandland X.
With the compact Opel has a veritable offer in this particularly sought after class of this genre in the program for a good year and the customers like it. With just over 5,000 units in the first trimester, the Grandland X is in the Opel hit parade in fourth place behind Astra, Corsa and Adam, the latter benefiting from its sale. And the SUV sells better than its sister model Peugeot 3008. As 1.6 Turbo with 133 kW / 180 hp, the Grandland X was now able to prove its practicality.
A petrol engine in an SUV is not automatically the choice of reason, but the skepticism of customers even new, clean diesels is already noticeable. After all, almost 9 out of 10 Grandland X customers opt for a gasoline engine. Because we wanted to take the Opel SUV sometimes longer distance under the wheels, the strongest petrol engine was the logical choice. The four-cylinder is doing well, especially since he kindly accepted the choice of the correct gear ratio with the flanged eight-speed automatic transmission. The maximum torque of 250 Nm is at 1,750 revolutions. Compared to the almost equally strong 2.0-liter diesel with 130 kW / 177 hp with 400 Nm that is little, makes in everyday life, however, little noticeable, which is also due to the sovereign switching work of the automatic.
Overall, the offered only with front-wheel drive Grandland X but to a relaxed driving style. The typical high structure of an SUV makes aerodynamic course negatively noticeable, which not least affects consumption and wind noise. Both increase noticeably above the guideline speed. If you are relaxed on the highway, you can get very close to the average consumption (WLTP) of 7.8 liters. Discipline speed limits the gas foot, values of 6.8 liters are possible. On average, 8.1 liters flowed through the pipes. Smaller bumps in the driving surface compensate the suspension well; It is more comfortable than sporting designed, which fits the character of the vehicle as a travel SUV.
As a traveling companion on longer routes, the 4.46-meter-long Opel SUV knew how to please as well. The operation is clearly arranged, the displays and the display well readable and the space is very neat, at least for four travelers. The trunk (514 liters) swallows the holiday luggage, one travels only as a pair, with folded backrests and up to 1,652 liters capacity still a few pieces of luggage can be stowed more.
The good sense of comfort and the good seats have a large share. They are adjustable and flatter the vertebrae from the shoulders down. The surcharge EGR seats (from 390 euros for the driver’s seat) are definitely a good investment for frequent travelers.
Except for the adaptive cruise control all options are here series, also is still the adaptive headlights on board. A head-up display is not available in the top version either.
Opel Grandland X – Specifications:
Five-door crossover with five seats, length: 4.48 meters, width: 1.91 meters (with mirror: 2.10 meters), height: 1.61 meters. Wheelbase: 2.68 meters, trunk volume: 514 – 1,652 liters
1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo, 133 kW / 180 hp, eight-speed automatic, maximum torque: 250 Nm at 1,750 rpm, Vmax: 220 km / h, 0-100 km / h: 8.8 s, Standard consumption according to WLTP: 7.8 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions: 177 g / km, emission standard: Euro 6d temp, efficiency class C, test consumption: 8.1 liters
Price: from 35.150 Euro [Innovation]
Opel Grandland X – short profile
Why: drives fast, many comfort features
Why not: no four-wheel drive
What else: VW Tiguan, Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and of course Peugeot 3008