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Vauxhall Crossland SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

Low weight and modern engines mean the Vauxhall Crossland will be cheap to run

The whole point of an SUV crossover like the Vauxhall Crossland X is to offer affordable motoring with strong practicality and a good view out – and the car fulfils this brief well. While some of the engines are more efficient than others, as long as you avoid the gutless entry-level petrol there are no poor choices in the range.

Vauxhall Crossland X MPG & CO2

It used to be true that the more power an engine had, the more fuel it would use. That’s largely still the case, but the recent glut of small, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines manufacturers are fitting to their cars has upended that trend, often offering greater power and efficiency than the larger, less powerful engines that they either replace or offer an alternative to.

Take the basic 1.2-litre petrol engine, which marks the entry point to the Crossland range. This produces 82bhp and has four cylinders but can only muster 46.3mpg.

Upgrade to the three-cylinder 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and you’ll be getting a far more modern engine, which offers greater power and the same running costs. The 108bhp version is capable of up to 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 134g/km. Upgrade to the 128bhp engine and it’s even more efficient, producing 48.7mpg with emissions of 132g/km. If you’re in the market for a petrol Crossland and can afford the upgrade, those figures mean the turbocharged petrol 1.2-litre is the one to go for.

Diesel is the answer if you cover long distances on a regular basis and the modern 1.5-litre engine comes into play here. This officially returns up to 60.1mpg when specified with 109bhp and 55.4mpg when ordered with 118bhp and an automatic gearbox.

Company-car drivers should choose the less powerful of these engines, as in this form the Crossland emits 123g/km of CO2, reducing its Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rating.

Every Crossland X in the range costs £150 a year to tax from the second year onwards.

Insurance groups

You might think that because the Crossland is an SUV insurance will be more expensive, but the base petrol engine occupies group eight, so premiums should be pretty reasonable. Even top-spec models with the most powerful engines don’t go any higher than group 20, which compares favourably with many of its closest competitors.

Warranty

Choose the Crossland X and you’ll get the same three-year/60,000-mile warranty offered on all Vauxhalls. This is industry standard but other manufacturers provide more generous guarantees; the Hyundai Kona gets a five-year unlimited-mileage warranty, while the Kia Stonic and MG ZS both get seven years of cover.

Servicing

Vauxhall’s vast dealer network means Crossland X maintenance will be simple to arrange and monthly plans make budgeting easy. Vauxhall Care costs around £20 per month, including the first three services, three years of roadside assistance and the cost of the first MOT.

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