Vauxhall Crossland SUV - Interior & comfort
It’s all resolutely sensible inside, but that does give the Vauxhall Crossland certain advantages
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 gearlever is too chunky, though, and its clear plastic top shows greasy marks easily, making it look unpleasant.
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 optional sat nav, meanwhile, provides excellent mapping and clear instructional graphics for selecting the correct lane when leaving or staying on a motorway, but you have to pay extra for it on the lower trim level models.
Vauxhall offers the Crossland in five trims: SE Edition, SRi Edition, Elite Edition and Ultimate. Entry-level SE Edition models come with 16-inch bi-colour alloy wheels, cruise control, digital radio, LED headlights, a front camera system and a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity. SRi Edition adds features including a bigger, eight-inch screen with sat nav and voice control plus rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, a contrasting roof colour and privacy glass.
High-spec Elite Edition cars come with front parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, along with heated front seats, while Ultimate introduces Alcantara interior trim and keyless entry. Vauxhall’s trim levels and pricing are esoteric to say the least, but we’d stick with the first few trim levels for the best value.
There’s limited scope to add extra features onto your Crossland, so it's important to pick the trim with the kit you want. Adding a winter pack with heated front seats and a heated steering wheel costs just over £300. It's also possible to add extra safety features for £500, including a driver drowsiness detection system and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
As the Crossland comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, it probably makes sense to plug in your phone and use a navigation app on that, saving yourself several hundred pounds in the process. It just seems a shame to do this when Vauxhall’s sat-nav setup is so impressive.