Vauxhall Grandland SUV - Practicality & boot space
Spacious, comfortable and with a big boot, the Vauxhall Grandland scores well in this area
As you might be able to tell by now, the Vauxhall Grandland is a thoroughly sensible car. Some rivals seem more glamorous, but once the showroom experience is over and you’re making yet another trip to the dump, or collecting a distant cousin from the train station, you may be glad you chose the Vauxhall.
Vauxhall Grandland interior space & storage
The Grandland gets a big green tick in this area. There are two generously sized cup-holders next to the central armrest, a wireless charging spot for your phone in the central cubby (Elite trim and up), a reasonable glovebox, decent door bins and an overwhelming sense of space. And while the front seats don’t provide a huge amount of lateral support, you’re unlikely to notice this unless you’re cornering hard.
Space in the rear is praiseworthy, with excellent leg and headroom. True, anyone in the middle seat will feel like they’ve drawn the short straw due to the compromised knee room brought about by the protruding centre console, but the Grandland’s rear floor is nice and flat, which makes up for this slight shortcoming. Besides, many cars – in the SUV class and beyond – offer a middle rear seat that’s best used by smaller children or for short trips.
At 514 litres, the Grandland’s boot is roughly the size you should expect from the family SUV class. Dropping the rear seats reveals a large 1,652-litre load area, characterised by a flat floor.
The mechanically related Peugeot 3008 has a larger boot (590 litres) when the adjustable boot floor is in its lowest position, but is almost identically sized in normal configuration. The Qashqai has a smaller 420-litre boot, while the Hyundai Tucson manages up to 620 litres.
Opt for the plug-in hybrid Grandland and boot space shrinks to 390 litres, but this is mainly down to the lack of an underfloor compartment, so it shouldn't be a big problem day-to-day. Fold the back seats down and space increases to 1,528 litres. Still, the Tucson PHEV can still manage 558 litres behind its rear seats.
Perhaps surprisingly, the entry-level petrol engine has the highest towing weight of 1,400kg thanks to its manual gearbox. With an automatic transmission fitted, the same 1.2-litre petrol can haul 1,200kg or 100kg more when paired with the 1.5-litre diesel engine. This means owners of medium to large caravans or horseboxes will want to check if the Grandland is actually up to the task required before signing on the dotted line.