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Vauxhall Grandland SUV - Reliability & safety

Excellent safety ratings, but as such a new car making a call on the Vauxhall Grandland’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’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 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 11th out of 29 carmakers in our 2021 Driver Power poll, Vauxhall could only manage 24th place. The pre-facelift Grandland X itself performed well, coming seventh out of 75 cars in our owner satisfaction survey.

Owners scored the Grandland X highly across the board, from its reliability and build quality, to its low running costs and excellent engines and gearboxes.

Safety

There are fewer reservations where the Grandland’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’s 60% score in the safety assist category is down partly down to autonomous emergency braking (AEB) not being standard across the range at the time it was tested. In the UK, however, AEB is standard kit for the facelifted Grandland.

Safety kit is bolstered in higher trims, though, with SRi adding an anti-dazzle rear-view mirror, and Elite bringing adaptive IntelliLux LED pixel headlights, along with blind-spot alerts and 'Advanced park assist'. Ultimate adds a 360-degree camera and Night Vision to improve visibility for the driver, and a feature named Highway integration assist can keep pace with other traffic on the motorway, and help keep the Grandland central in its lane. 

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