First drive review: Vauxhall Crossland X

First drive review: Vauxhall Crossland X

Vauxhall has kicked its Meriva to the kerb in favour of the all-new Crossland X. Our motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, drove the 1.2 turbo petrol variant at the car’s media launch.

Attractive

The model is more attractive in every way than the Meriva – but that’s no surprise because car companies, including Vauxhall, are always looking for ways to improve their products. Indeed, the Brit-based motor-maker says the Crossland X is an important piece of the puzzle as it moves forward with new vehicles.

First drive review: Vauxhall Crossland X

Family-Friendly

The garden-fresh Crossland X is targeted primarily at young families, as well as the older car buying public – and it’s not a four-wheel-drive vehicle like it’s sibling the Mokka X. As an alternative, it is more of a functional machine, with supermarkets and schools more likely to be its most adventurous destinations.

PSA Union

The Vauxhall Crossland X is the first vehicle to come out of the union between Vauxhall and the owner of Peugeot and Citroen, PSA Group. Consequently, it shouldn’t shock you to hear that the model essentially rides on a Peugeot 2008 platform. It also uses a shared mixture of engines and transmissions, but with a distinct body and an altered interior.

First drive review: Vauxhall Crossland X

Inside

Step inside, and the Vauxhall Crossland X doesn’t dissatisfy. Large windows mean lots of light floods into the vehicle, creating an upbeat ambiance. And, when it comes to space, there’s loads of it up front, while rear-seat passengers, although not profiting from quite as much legroom, have copious headroom. This means two six-foot-tall adults can sit in the back happily, or you can seat three small children next to each other on booster cushions. Furthermore, the two outer seats have Isofix points incorporated, making it possible for you to affix full-sized infant-chairs if you’d rather.

Practical

Vauxhall’s Crossland X comes with a sizeable 410-litre load area, which is better than its Mokka X relative’s boot. What’s more, the Griffin-badged car has numerous areas to store bits and bobs around the interior, including usefully deep door pockets. Other kit encompasses a driver’s armrest and a couple of USB slots. The all-new Crossland X also has a simple-to-read infotainment screen, which will link up to your mobile telephone, enabling you to access Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

First drive review: Vauxhall Crossland X

Indulgences

Other factory-fitted kit includes little indulgences, such as climate control, cruise control, LED running lights and attractive alloy wheels. If that’s not sufficient, you get a camera at the front of the new Vauxhall, which identifies traffic signs and spots if you’re drifting from your lane. An irritating alert screeches at you if you do stray over a central white line, but you can switch this off with a push of a button, if you want.

Plastics

My Crossland X test car came in Elite trim, so it was heaving with other equipment and furnishings, like shaded glass, digital dials, chrome and grander alloy wheels. While the cabin is nicely appointed and quite Vauxhall Astra-esque, some of the plastics are a tad scratchy. However, the design is natty and much better than the Meriva and sweeter than the Mokka’s.

First drive review: Vauxhall Crossland X

Ride

On the move, the Vauxhall Crossland X’s general behaviour is impressive. It rides agreeably over our irregular tarmac and copes on corners, with only a smidgeon of body lean noticeable. The gearbox spoils things a little, though. The actual cog changes are slick, but the throw of the gears is too long. The steering action isn’t ultra-precise, but it’s not numb either, and the lightness of the tiller means it’s easy to plot a course through urban areas. The Crossland X’s steering also makes easy work of parking.

Performance

The pièce de résistance 130ps 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol powerplant, reviewed here, has a pleasing punch to it when you depress the accelerator hard, meaning 0-62mph can be done in 9.1 seconds. The Crossland X, in this guise, can also achieve a top speed of 128mph, where legal. That won’t be in this country, then! The Vauxhall is also quiet, even when moving at a good pace, with very little tyre rumble or wind whistle intruding into the cabin.

First drive review: Vauxhall Crossland X

Verdict

More significantly than pure performance figures, the Vauxhall Crossland X, supplied with the 1.2 turbo petrol unit, will return up to 55.4mpg. Emissions are decently low at 116g/km, too. This makes it an ideal cheap-to-run second car, or a top main motor if you’re happy sticking with a small car that happens to have Tardis-like proportions. Pop in to visit us, or search online for your Crossland X now.

Pros ‘n’ Cons

    • Functional √
    • Comfortable √
    • Practical √
    • Roomy √
    • Plastics X

Fast Facts (1.2-litre Turbo 130 Elite Nav)

    • Max speed: 128 mph
    • 0-62 mph: 9.1 secs
    • Combined mpg: 55.4
    • Engine layout: 1199cc three-cylinder turbo petrol
    • Max. power (PS): 130
    • CO2: 116 g/km
    • Price: £20,095