Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 plug-in SUV: prices revealed

Vauxhall’s first plug-in hybrid has an electric range of 32 miles and starts at £35,390

Vauxhall has revealed that the Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 will start from £35,390. The brand’s first plug-in hybrid model will be in showrooms in January 2020, alongside the new Vauxhall Corsa. Both cars are available to order now.

The Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4 uses the same powertrain as the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense and will go head-to-head with the MINI Countryman S E All4 Hybrid and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

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Four trim levels are available, with the range starting with the Business Edition Nav Premium at £35,390. Above that is the SRi Nav at £40,300, the Elite Nav at £42,200 and the top-of-the-range Ultimate Nav, which costs from £45,450. Vauxhall hasn’t revealed the equipment levels for each specification but we expect it to match the trim levels of the petrol and diesel models.

Apart from the charging socket, the Hybrid4 is marked out by its black bonnet, which is a no-cost option for the plug-in hybrid version of the Grandland X only.

Under the bonnet, there’s a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 197bhp and two electric motors. On its own, the petrol engine is more powerful than any other Grandland X engine, but the electric motors add another 99bhp for a total output of 296bhp. That’s enough for a 0-62mph time of just 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 136mph (83mph if the car’s running on electric power alone).

Four-wheel-drive, which is available for the first time on Vauxhall’s largest SUV, is delivered by an electric motor on each axle and an eight-speed automatic gearbox is the only one available.

The two electric motors are powered by a 13.2kWh battery, which can be charged in two hours. Fast-charging isn’t available yet but an electric range of 32 miles is enough to cover many people’s daily commutes. Vauxhall claims up to 176.5mpg, although we’ll have to wait to drive it to see how accurate this is.

The company is aiming the Grandland X Hybrid4 at business users, and says its plug-in hybrid SUV offers the best Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rate in class. That’s said to equate to a saving of £145 per month over a similar diesel version, and offers a saving over the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

There Hybrid4 has a ‘Zero Emission’ mode that’ll be useful for urban areas, plus four new settings. You can choose to use the hybrid power for better economy or better performance, and four-wheel-drive and E-Save modes also feature. The latter keeps up to 12 miles of electric range in reserve for later in your journey.

The Grandland X Hybrid4 is the first of Vauxhall’s planned electric cars, which will use drivetrains and underpinnings from Peugeot and Citroen models. A new Vauxhall Corsa range will be revealed later this year with a pure electric variant, followed by a Mokka EV and electrified Vivaro passenger and commercial models.

Read our Vauxhall Grandland X review for more information, or explore our guide to the best hybrid cars currently available.

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