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Vauxhall Grandland review - Interior & comfort

The Grandland’s interior may not be the most exciting, but it’s functional and easy to live with

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There are parallels between the way the Vauxhall Grandland drives and how it looks and works inside: it's sensible and comfortable, if a little lacking in charisma – especially when compared with its Peugeot 3008 sister car.

Driving position aside, the Grandland's interior closely resembles that found in the smaller Vauxhall Mokka. It feels far more modern than in the pre-facelift car, with two seven-inch displays in the Design trim. 

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You can find a 12-inch instrument display and a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen in the GS Line and Ultimate. That means you face clear digital dials sitting beside a central digital display, which Vauxhall refers to as Pure Panel.

Whichever trim level you choose, you'll find straightforward physical dials and buttons for the climate control below the infotainment screen. Quality is generally good, with tactile soft-touch plastics in prominent places. The gear lever is less pleasing, though, feeling chunkier in the hand than is ideal, and the centre console cubby hole ahead of the gear lever seems a bit flimsy.

Equipment

Vauxhall has a bit of a reputation for complicated trim levels, but the Grandland's lineup has been slimmed down to make it more logical.

The entry-level Design trim includes a seven-inch infotainment screen without a sat-nav, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mean you can use your favourite navigation app. There's also a seven-inch instrument display, so Pure Panel isn't quite as convincing here. Other kit is relatively generous, with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED exterior lighting, six speakers and automatic lights and wipers.

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Costing around £3,000 more, GS Line adds the full 10-inch colour touchscreen, a 12-inch Digital Instrument Cluster along with 18-inch black alloy wheels and other sporty touches. A rear-view camera is helpful, along with all-round parking sensors, to make navigating car parks less stressful. 

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Ultimate cars get Alcantara seats, LED Pixel Matrix headlights, wireless smartphone charging and 19-inch alloy wheels, along with a handy 230-volt socket in the rear for using electrical items like a laptop. Also included in Ultimate trim is a 360-degree camera and adaptive cruise control. 

Finally, the high-performance GSe models top the range with model-specific 19-inch alloy wheels as well as a gloss black bonnet and a sportier steering wheel. On top of this, GSe cars get upgraded suspension and the same 360-degree camera system as the Ultimate trim, although both models are rather expensive.

Options

For the facelifted Grandland, Vauxhall has removed most optional extras from the price list, so it's best to choose the trim with all the kit you want. It is still possible to pick a metallic paint colour for around £600 to help the SUV stand out, and provision for a spare wheel fitment costs £20. If you want an upgraded onboard 7.4kW charger for the Grandland PHEV, that's also a £500 option.

There's a long list of accessories, including a rear-view camera for around £400, front parking sensors for a similar amount and a spare wheel and tool kit for just under £200. An alarm system is available for £500, and a towbar costs around £600

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Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.2 Turbo Ultimate 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £35,355

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.2 Turbo Ultimate 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £35,355

Fastest

  • Name
    1.2 Hybrid [136] Ultimate 5dr e-DCT6
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £38,305
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