Opel Grandland X – an Xceptional SUV

by Gazette Reporter

THE Opel Grandland X SUV is based on the same platform as the multi award-winning Peugeot 3008 SUV.
Thanks to Opel’s recent takeover by the PSA Group (Peugeot’s parent company) the Grandland X shares many parts with the French SUV, and comes with a similar range of engines and gearboxes.

Powerful & Elegant Stance
Modern, dynamic lines, and a cool off-road look with elevated seating position give the new Opel Grandland X a powerful and elegant stance on the open-road.
With good all-round visibility, along with cutting-edge technology and plenty of space and comfort for up to five passengers – this is Opel at its best.
The new Grandland X side views echo the attractive combination of rugged SUV appeal and elegant lines.
Muscular, sculpted wheel arches and protective cladding on the lower body give the Grandland X real beauty and genuine off-road appeal.
In contrast, clear lines and the refined blade on the lower doors identify the new Grandland X as a member of the Opel family.
Optional two-tone finish with the roof in contrasting black adds an extra touch of personalisation.
Its smooth flow into the rest of the body is emphasised by the ‘breakthrough’ C pillar, which also creates a dynamic bond to the rear.
The rear view of the Grandland X possesses real SUV character thanks to a wide stance, silver under-ride protection (with integrated tailpipes on the left and right), protective cladding and slim LED tail-lights.

Excellent Interior Ergonomics
The cabin of the new Grandland X is equally as impressive as the exterior thanks to clever use of space and excellent ergonomics.
The instrument panel and centre stack with touchscreen are clearly laid out and horizontally aligned to the driver.
The centre stack has three horizontal rows of controls for fast and intuitive access to infotainment, climate control and chassis functions.
The interior surfaces have a high-quality look and feel, providing the occupants with a feeling of supreme comfort in all seats.
They benefit from the SUV-typical elevated seating position that facilitates access and ensures good visibility.
The optional panoramic glass sunroof floods the interior with light and provides excellent skyward visibility.
Typical first-class Opel comfort is ensured by the AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs) certified ergonomic seats as well as a heated steering wheel and seat heating front and rear, which is standard on Elite and Ultimate models.

Specification Levels, Engines & Transmissions
Four trim levels are available in the new Grandland X – SC, SRi, Elite and Ultimate, while engine options consist of a 1.2-litre turbo-charged petrol with 130PS, a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel with 130PS and a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel with 177PS.
Transmission options consist of a slick six-speed manual or a smooth eight-speed automatic.

Test Car
On test this week was a Grandland X Ultimate 2.0-litre turbo-diesel, eight-speed automatic, finished in stunning Quartz Grey metallic paint.
With 400Nm of torque available from this four-cylinder engine, the 0-100km/h sprint can be completed in just 9.5-seconds while leading to a top speed of 211km/h (where permitted).
Opel claim fuel consumption as low as 4.6l/100km is possible on an extra-urban driving cycle.
Standard specification across the entire Opel Grandland X range is impressive, with the range-topping ‘Ultimate’ model equipped with Navi 5.0 IntelliLink satellite navigation with fully integrated European satellite navigation, an 8-inch colour touchscreen, Smartphone projection with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth audio streaming and mobile phone portal, ‘Denon’ Premium Sound System, 19” alloy wheels.
Also electric wing mirrors with puddle lights, auto wipers, auto lights with high beam assist, front fog lights, power tailgate, black roof and door mirrors, rear privacy glass, chrome side window trim, cruise control with speed limiter, dual zone electronic climate control, 60/40 split folding rear seats, flex floor, lane departure warning, speed sign recognition, traffic sign recognition camera.
As well as LED daytime running lights, Premium LED Adaptive Forward Lighting Pack, emergency braking system, hill start assist, ESP with traction control, side blind spot alert, parking sensors front and rear, leather seat trim, internal front seat cooling fans, heated front & outer rear seats and a heated steering wheel.
All trim levels come with Opel’s excellent OnStar concierge package, which can help you get to your destination, or call the emergency services in the event of an accident.

On The Road
Driving the new Opel Grandland X is a real pleasure, with the car providing a soft and composed ride quality, while the precise steering is well weighted and confidence inspiring. Uneven road surfaces are tackled with ease, and the car exudes an overall feeling of solidity – in true German fashion.

Ex-works prices for the new Opel Grandland X start at just €28,395, while the range-topping ‘Ultimate’ model is priced from €41,595.
I was extremely impressed by the new Opel Grandland X, and I think you will be too. Now is the time to recapture the magic of driving with the Opel Grandland X.
It offers a true ‘German SUV feeling for everyone’.

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