GRANDLAND X sounds like the latest American gangster TV drama on Sky Atlantic.
It is, in fact, the latest SUV from Vauxhall. It lacks a bit of Hollywood on the design front but that won’t stop it being a major box office hit.
Nowadays the small SUV market is bursting at the seams with sales hits including the Seat Ateca, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar, VW Tiguan.
It takes a lot to stand out from the crowd and the Grandland certainly isn’t X-rated car porn.
But they’re all fairly safe designs more about practicality than posing and this Vauxhall will join the in-crowd and still do well.
The Grandland actually shares a platform with the Peugeot 3008 (who, of course, now own Vauxhall).
It also borrows a few technical parts too. It gets the five-mode Grip Control system from the 3008 to help with icy conditions – peace of mind for the winter school runs.
There’s plenty of safety tech, too, including Advanced Park Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking and Driver Drowsiness Alert. The latter would be perfect for the next seven weeks of having to listen to Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine election borefest.
Not only that but it does get a few glitzy plus points including classy LED headlights and front and rear heated seats.
There’s also Vauxhall’s OnStar system, which allows you to use its call centre for everything from car park searches to hotel bookings.
Being related to the 3008 means it should be plenty big and practical enough inside.
I’m liking this new Vauxhall a lot, this is a firm who have leapt from mainstream to premium in quality over the past few years yet kept prices down. This SUV will be a great buy.
Grandland X may not be a Hollywood-looking superstar. But expect to see hundreds of them outside supermarkets in months to come.