Bold new Vauxhall Grandland SUV on sale for £25,500
Flagship Vauxhall Grandland SUV receives new ‘Vizor’ styling and upgraded tech
- Grandland gets updated ‘Vizor’ styling update
- Updated interior and safety technology
- SE model priced from £25,500, plug-in hybrid starts at £34,365
The facelifted Vauxhall Grandland is now on sale with a starting price of £25,500. First deliveries are expected later this year. The car is the largest SUV in the brand’s range and benefits from a thorough redesign, upgraded technology and a revised engine lineup.
The Grandland is the latest model to receive Vauxhall’s ‘Vizor’ face, which also features on the latest Mokka and Crossland SUVs, as well as the forthcoming new Astra.
2021 Vauxhall Grandland SUV: trim levels, specifications and prices
The revised Grandland range starts with the SE model, which costs £25,500. This comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, plus automatic lights and windscreen wipers. Inside, Vauxhall’s ‘Pure Panel’ infotainment and digital dial cluster is fitted with dual seven-inch screens. Other features include Bluetooth, sat nav, a DAB radio, cruise control and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Sporty-looking SRi models start from £27,540, adding 18-inch alloys, a gloss black roof panel, roof rails, wheel arch cladding, skid plates, front and rear bumper inserts and rear privacy glass. It also upgrades the infotainment setup to a 10-inch touchscreen and a 12-inch digital dial cluster, along with a 180-degree rear-view camera.
Above this, the Elite model starts from £29,190. This gets several upgrades including 19-inch alloy wheels, LED Matrix automatic headlights and a powered tailgate. Technology upgrades include wireless phone charging, keyless entry and start, advanced park assist and blind spot alert. Advanced Ergo Active front seats are also fitted.
At the top of the Grandland range, the Ultimate trim increases the starting price to £31,290 adding Alcantara-trimmed seats, a 360-degree camera and gloss black exterior detailing.
The front of the new Grandland has adopted Vauxhall’s latest ‘Vizor’ styling, with a one-piece front grille merging into a new upswept headlight design. Vauxhall’s adaptive Intellilux LED headlights feature, which automatically adapt to the road conditions to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers.
A new front bumper design also features, with sharper looking side air intakes and U-shaped black trim pieces. A silver trim insert is also fitted to the lower section of the nose. The side profile remains virtually unchanged, aside from colour coded wheel-arch cladding and side skirts.
At the back, the changes are limited to new badging spelling out the ‘Grandland’ name and an updated Vauxhall logo. Like the old car, a varied range of paint finishes will be available, including a two-tone finish with a black roof panel.
Interior and technology
Inside, the facelifted Grandland has received a significant technology update, including the addition of Vauxhall’s Pure Panel infotainment system. The brand claims this new setup is clearer and easier to read, which helps reduce driver distraction.
The Pure Panel setup was first seen in the latest Mokka, and comprises a seven or 10-inch touchscreen and a 10 or 12-inch digital dial cluster housed together to form a single ultrawide dashboard display.
Engines and performance
Vauxhall has confirmed that the refreshed Grandland will come with a choice of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains carried over from the outgoing car.
A 128bhp turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine acts as the entry point to the range and is available with a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic. According to Vauxhall, CO2 emissions range from 140-146g/km.
For higher-mileage drivers, a 128bhp 1.5-litre turbo diesel is offered. It’s only available with an eight-speed automatic box and emits 136-137g/km of CO2. Fuel economy figures for both engines are expected to be confirmed shortly but we expect the petrol to manage more than 40mpg, with the diesel topping 50mpg.
The plug-in hybrid powertrain is also carried over from the old car and is available in the SRi and Elite trim levels. It consists of a 1.6-litre petrol engine, an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a 13.2kWh battery, together producing 222bhp. Officially, this powertrain is capable of up to 35 miles of pure-electric driving and will return fuel economy of up to 204mpg while emitting 29-31g/km of CO2.
A new ergonomic seat design has also been added, which promises the “highest standard” of comfort. Convenience features include keyless entry and start and a powered tailgate with ‘kick-to-open’ gesture detection, meaning the rear hatch can be opened by activating a sensor located under the rear bumper without using the key fob.
Every Grandland also benefits from a long list of standard safety equipment, including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, collision warning and a drowsiness detection monitor.
Highway Integration Assist is also available on automatic models, adding functionality similar to adaptive cruise control that can accelerate, brake and keep the car in lane on a motorway with driver supervision. A 360-degree camera, automatic park assist and blind spot warning are also available on the options list.
For the first time on a Vauxhall, the new Grandland can be specced with Night Vision, which can detect pedestrians and animals at up to 100 metres away at night.
What does it mean for car buyers?
The new Vauxhall Grandland isn’t destined to set the world alight, and it’s very likely you’ll be able to find other SUVs that are more practical and better to drive. With the new car, however, Vauxhall has attempted to make it a more stylish proposition, and one that has all the latest technology and safety features. Often the key selling point for Vauxhall is the finance deals and discounts it offers on its cars, making them more affordable than much of the competition. This is one way in which the Grandland could end up tempting some buyers away from its numerous rivals.
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