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Vauxhall Crossland SUV - Interior & comfort

It’s all resolutely sensible inside, but that does give the Vauxhall Crossland certain advantages

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3.8 out of 5

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2.8 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

3.0 out of 5

Despite the odd splash of coloured stitching and a nicely finished central dashboard panel, if you were to sum up the Vauxhall Crossland’s interior in one word it would be ‘conservative’. Grey and black plastic are the order of the day and, save for the unconventional handbrake, all the controls are where you would expect them to be.

Vauxhall Crossland dashboard

Interior quality is a mixed bag, with a nice ‘soft-touch’ dashboard top and a pleasant-to-hold steering wheel. The gear lever is too chunky, though, and its clear plastic top shows greasy marks easily, making it look unpleasant.

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There are also some cheap-feeling plastics lower down: the glovebox in particular feels thin and brittle. It’s damped to open softly, but its light weight means this happens too slowly; you may wish to override the mechanism and pull it open in frustration, but it’s too light for its spring, so it rebounds on its action if you do this.

Vauxhall’s Intellilink infotainment system is genuinely impressive, though, offering physical shortcut buttons that are easy to access on the move. The sat-nav, meanwhile, provides excellent mapping and clear instructional graphics for selecting the correct lane when leaving or staying on a motorway.

Trim levels

In early 2022 Vauxhall slimmed down the range of trims available on the Crossland. Vauxhall offers the Crossland in Design, GS Line and Ultimate trim levels. Entry-level Design models come with 16-inch bi-colour alloy wheels, cruise control, digital radio, LED headlights, rain-sensitive windscreen wipers and a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity. GS Line adds features including a bigger, eight-inch screen with sat-nav and voice control plus dual-zone climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, contrasting roof colour and privacy glass.

High-spec Ultimate cars come with a heated steering wheel along with heated front seats, Alcantara interior trim, a panoramic rear-view camera and keyless entry.

Options

Vauxhall has also reduced the options list in favour of the distinct, new trim levels. The only option available on the Vauxhall website is the added provisions for a spare wheel, costing £20. Your dealer will be able to provide the wheel itself for extra cost. The GS Line can be equipped with chrome-effect upper window moulding as a no added cost option.

The entry-level Crossland comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, so it makes sense to plug in your phone and use a navigation app on that. However, if you are looking for a navigation system built into the car, the sat-nav setup found in the GS Line and Ultimate is impressive.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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