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Vauxhall Grandland X SUV - Reliability & safety

Excellent safety ratings, but as such a new car making a call on the Vauxhall Grandland X’s dependability will have to wait

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Euro NCAP toughened up its testing procedures not so long ago, so the Vauxhall Grandland X’s full five-star result from this independent safety body is all the more impressive.

Less impressive, unfortunately, was Vauxhall’s performance in our 2020 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, which saw the company rated some way below average.

Vauxhall Grandland X reliability

Sharing a platform with the Peugeot 3008 means the Grandland X has been engineered with the collective wisdom of two major carmakers, but while Peugeot came 8th out of 30 carmakers in our 2020 Driver Power poll, Vauxhall could only manage 29th place - only Dacia was rated worse by owners. The Grandland X came 69th out of 75 cars in our owner satisfaction survey. A total of 21.7% of owners reported an issue in the first year, with electrical faults being the most common failure.

Few owners seem bowled over by their Vauxhalls, with running costs, styling, handling and interior comfort attracting few compliments. Infotainment and reliability were praised, though, and just 13.7% of owners reported a problem with their cars in the past 12 months – one of the best figures in our survey.

Safety

There are fewer reservations where the Grandland X’s safety credentials are concerned. Euro NCAP gave it the full five stars, with 84% adult occupant and 87% child occupant scores. As cars tend to post lower scores for the safety afforded to children than for adults, this is a noteworthy result.

The Grandland X’s 60% score in the safety assist category is down partly down to autonomous emergency braking not being standard across the range. We should point out, however, that going for Business Edition Nav over SE trim saves you around £100 and brings this potentially life-saving feature. Business Edition Nav also adds a fatigue warning system and lane-keeping assistance. This last item warns you if you’re straying out of your lane without indicating, applying “gentle steering corrections” to guide you back into your lane.

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