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Vauxhall Crossland X

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By Jonathan Crouch

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

Ten Second Reviewword count: 65

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.

Backgroundword count: 152

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 Grandland 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 sits on the same F1 platform as a Citroen C3 Aircross and it shares a range of PSA Group powerplants with both that car and a Peugeot 2008. This means a selection of 1.2-litre petrol engines and a couple of 1.5-litre diesels. Vauxhall has built upon the French formula though - and with a little style too. Hence, for example, the fashionable contrast-colour roof. It all sounds quite promising doesn't it? We took one to Norfolk for the weekend to try it.

Driving Experienceword count: 237

Thanks to its Peugeot-derived platform and light PSA Group engines, this Crossland X is notably light (unlike its erstwhile showroom stablemate, the old Mokka X) 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 that French group's 1.5-litre diesel developing 102PS in manual form or 120PS as an auto. If budget is everything, there's a price-leading normally aspirated 83PS 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. Both petrol turbo engines come with the option of 6-speed auto transmission. You wouldn't expect a car in this class to have any sort of 4WD system and sure enough, that's not an option.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-62 mph (s):

10.6

Combined mpg:

58.9

CO2 (g/km):

109

Height (mm):

1597

Length (mm):

4212

Max Speed (mph):

117

... and 2 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Crossover or SUV 4x4s

Performance
70%
Handling
60%
Comfort
70%
Space
90%
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