Vauxhall Crossland X review

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Vauxhall Crossland X review 2017 | The Car Expert

Exterior and Interior

The Crossland X is easy on the eye, though its visuals do not exactly write any headlines. Signature Vauxhall styling elements are there, notably the blade design on the flanks, while the steeply raked windscreen helps produce a slippery effect both visually and in terms of aerodynamics. Two-tone styling with the roof in a different colour can also add a dose of needed personality.

Slip inside and the biggest impression is of space, especially considering this is the smallest SUV in Vauxhall’s expanding line-up (though only 63mm shorter than a Mokka X). Legroom is good in front and back, and further enhanced in the latter if you choose a version with sliding rear seats. Only the very tall will struggle for headroom, while the 410-litre boot space is competitive. It can extend to 520 litres with those sliding seats, while fold them down and you get 1,255 – though not on a truly flat floor.

As for the dash – well it’s perfectly functional, and practical, which is clearly what the designers wanted. Everything works properly, the touchscreen (7in or 8in depending on model) is to just the right height, all the dials where you’d expect them to be. But- it’s very dull, and rivals do interiors that feel more upmarket to be in.

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Powertrains

There are no shortage of engine options with the Crossland X, with three petrol and two diesels to choose from and all PSA units, another aspect of the joint programme. All the petrol versions are 1.2 litres in capacity with either 81, 110 or 130hp, while the two 1.6-litre diesels 1.6 offer 99 or 120hp.

Manual transmissions dominate, with only the 110hp petrol engine available with an auto ‘box. The 81 and 110hp petrol engines come in five-speed manual form, while surprisingly the smaller diesel also makes do with five. buyers of the top power petrol and diesel will have six speeds to play with.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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