Vauxhall Grandland SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2
Blending strong practicality with decent economy, the Vauxhall Grandland should be cheap to run
With only three engines and two plug-in hybrid versions to choose from, it’s fairly easy to get a handle on the Vauxhall Grandland’s economy credentials.
Vauxhall Grandland MPG & CO2
The 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine officially returns up to 45.6mpg when combined with the six-speed manual gearbox, and is claimed to manage up to 44.1mpg if you choose the automatic. Emissions for both the manual and automatic range from 140g/km to 148g/km. Above this, the punchy 1.6-litre petrol engine was nearly as economical as the smaller engine, officially managing up to 40.9mpg with CO2 emissions starting at 156g/km – however, it isn't offered in the facelifted Grandland.
If you cover more than around 12,000 miles a year or plan on using your Grandland to tow, you’ll probably want the 1.5-litre diesel engine. This engine officially returns up to 54.3mpg, with the standard eight-speed automatic gearbox. In early 2021, the 2.0-litre diesel engine was axed from the line-up.
Offered a Grandland as a company car? You’ll be liable for middling Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rates for a petrol model (although it’s worth noting that the manual slips into a band above the automatic gearbox) while the 1.5-litre diesel with either gearbox makes you liable for a slightly higher BiK rate.
The PHEV offers company-car drivers significantly lower BiK payments thanks to CO2 emissions of 31g/km. Owners may also be able to save some fuel, but this will depend how far they tend to drive, because the 13.2kWh battery pack can officially manage 39 miles without the petrol engine – a figure we struggled to manage during our first test drive.
If your daily commute is 30 miles or less, and you can top-up every night, fuel economy will soar. Charging the battery pack can be accomplished with a three-pin plug, but Vauxhall, rather stingily, charges £500 extra for the hardware needed for faster, 7kW home charging, which ‘fills’ the battery in a couple of hours. Officially, the PHEV manages fuel economy of up to 192mpg
All regular petrol and diesel versions of the Grandland cost the standard rate of VED (road tax), with the hybrid models liable for the discounted rate. For models that cost above £40,000 (including options and before discounts) you’ll be required to pay the additional surcharge for the first five times you renew the tax.
The entry-level trim is the cheapest to insure, sitting in group 14 if you choose the diesel and 15 with a petrol engine. Elite and Ultimate are the highest, but not by a great deal, with groups of 16-17. The Grandland PHEV is slightly more expensive to insure, starting in group 24 in SRi trim These are slightly lower ratings than the Nissan Qashqai, which sits in group 17 with an entry-level petrol engine.
Vauxhall’s three-year/60,000-mile warranty is standard for the industry – nothing more, nothing less. This matches the Qashqai and Skoda Karoq, but the Hyundai Tucson gets a five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, while the Kia Sportage comes with a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty as standard.
Better news here: Vauxhall’s service plans are reasonably priced and will make budgeting for maintenance easy. Costing around £20 per month, Vauxhall Care looks after the first three services, three years of roadside assistance and the cost of the first MOT.