The Auto Trader expert verdict: ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 3.0
Available new from £19,330
The Crossland X ticks several boxes that’ll be important to many buyers considering a small SUV. It’s reasonably practical for its size, it’s reasonably comfortable to drive, it’s affordable to buy and run and it’s more stylish than your average hatchback. For a lot of small families after capable daily transport, that’ll be plenty.
Reasons to buy
- Reasonable running costs
- Good space inside
- Should be reliable
At a glance
Running costs for a Vauxhall Crossland X
The Crossland should perform well when it comes to costs. It’s priced competitively against rivals like the Renault Captur, Nissan Juke and Seat Arona, and although Vauxhall’s models sometimes struggle a wee bit with resale values, the Crossland’s look OK, so you shouldn’t lose out long-term, either. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are also very competitive, so fuel costs and tax bills shouldn’t be a worry, and rates for servicing, maintenance and repairs are also among the lowest in the class. That all adds up to a reasonably compelling financial argument.
Reliability of a Vauxhall Crossland X
It’s hard to predict how reliable the Crossland X will be, as it hasn’t been around long enough for much historic reliability to become available. However, Vauxhall as a brand sits around the middle of the manufacturer rankings of Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index, and in the 2019 JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study, Vauxhall placed an impressive sixth out of the 24 manufacturers included in the study. The company offers a pretty standard three-year/60,000-mile new car warranty.
Safety for a Vauxhall Crossland X
Standard safety systems include two Isofix child seat points in the back and six airbags. Lane departure warning and speed sign recognition also comes as standard, but autonomous emergency braking – which will intervene to brake in the event of an impending collision – is only available as part of an (albeit affordable) optional safety pack.
How comfortable is the Vauxhall Crossland X
Considering the Crossland X is relatively small, the interior still manages to feel pretty spacious. Headroom is more than adequate for adults both front and back, and there’s good rear legroom, too. As an option, you can also add sliding rear seats to give even you more legroom or boot space as required. The boot, at up to 520 litres depending on seat layout, is a good size, but there’s a big lip to heft stuff over. The Business Edition Nav and Elite models come with a false floor to level this out, which is optional on other variants; it’s a worthwhile feature, as it also means a flat load area when the second row seats are folded down. In this set up, the load space is 1255 litres, which is pretty good for the class. There are door pockets and a cubby beneath the dashboard for keeping odds and ends in, but the glovebox is pretty small.
You’ll find a few hard plastics inside, too, particularly on the doors and glove box lid. That said, the infotainment system is easy to navigate, and the touch-screen-and-buttons combination works well when it comes to jumping between pages. There’s plenty of seat and steering column adjustment to get you in the right driving position, and visibility is largely good, although fat pillars at the back mean rear your over-the-shoulder view could be better.
On the road, the Crossland X delivers a relatively compliant ride that shouldn’t give you too many problems over poor road surfaces or bumps, even with the larger alloy wheels. What’s more, the suspension isn’t so soft that it results in soggy handling: there’s a bit of body roll around bends, but nothing out of the ordinary . The steering is on the light side, but while it could do with more weight at higher speeds, you’ll find it help during low-speed manoeuvres.
Features of the Vauxhall Crossland X
The entry-level model is known as the Sport, and comes with most of what you need as standard. The roster includes air-con, cruise control, alloy wheels and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, USB connection and smartphone projection. Sport Nav provides an upgraded infotainment system with a bigger 8.0-inch screen and (guess what!) satellite-navigation, along with all-round parking sensors. Business Edition Nav cars have climate control, ambient LED lighting, front foglamps and automatic lights and wipers. Elite cars have the climate control and foglights, but the more basic infotainment system, while Elite Nav trim upgrades this to the all-singing setup.
Power for a Vauxhall Crossland X
There are a range of petrol and diesel engines available, but so far, we’ve only tried one, a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 110 horsepower, which is likely to be the best-seller. There’s not much wrong with it, either, providing decent urge and a good spread of power for a largely hassle-free life, and it’s reasonably smooth and quiet, too. All Crosslands come only with front-wheel drive, as there’s no four-wheel drive model.