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Vauxhall Grandland SUV - Interior & comfort

Conservative and orthodox are the watchwords here, but that does mean the Vauxhall Grandland is easy to use and live with

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4.0 out of 5

Interior & comfort Rating

4.0 out of 5

Conservative and orthodox are the watchwords here, but that does mean the Vauxhall Grandland is easy to use and live with

There are parallels between the way the Vauxhall Grandland drives and the way it looks and works inside: it’s resolutely sensible and comfortable, if a little lacking in pizzazz.

Vauxhall Grandland dashboard

Driving position aside, the Grandland's interior closely resembles that in the smaller Vauxhall Mokka. That means you face clear digital dials, sitting besides a central digital display, which Vauxhall refers to as Pure Panel. It feels far more modern than in the pre-facelift car, with two seven-inch displays in lower trims, and a 12-inch instrument display and 10-inch infotainment touchscreen from SRi.

Whichever trim level you choose, you’ll find simple and clear 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 gearlever is less pleasing though, feeling chunkier in the hand than is ideal, and the centre-console cubby hole ahead of the gearlever seems a bit flimsy.

Equipment

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

SE includes a seven-inch infotainment screen without 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 trim is fairly generous, with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED exterior lighting, six speakers and automatic lights and wipers.

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Costing around £2,000 more, SRi adds the full Pure Panel displays and sat nav, along with diamond-cut 18-inch 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. 

Elite cars get a heated steering wheel, heated windscreen, wireless smartphone charging and 19-inch alloy wheels, along with a 230-volt socket in the rear for using electrical items like a laptop. Ultimate is the top version, with a 360-degree camera, high gloss trim, adaptive cruise control which can help steer the Grandland in its lane and Night Vision. However, the flagship is very pricey, so we suggest choosing the SRi and adding any options you fancy without spending the extra needed for Ultimate.

The plug-in hybrid Grandland is only offered in SRi and Elite trims, which are fairly similar to the rest of the range.

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 on-board 6.6kW charger for the Grandland PHEV, that's also a £500 option.

There's a longer 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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