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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 rated the company 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 significant car makers, but while Peugeot came 11th out of 29 manufacturers in our 2021 Driver Power poll, Vauxhall could only manage 24th place. The pre-facelift Grandland X 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 an impressive result.

The Grandland's 60% score in the safety assist category is down partly because of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) not being standard across the range when it was tested. In the UK, however, AEB is fitted to all facelifted Grandlands.

Safety kit is bolstered in higher trims, with Ultimate bringing adaptive Pixel Matrix headlights, along with blind-spot alerts, advanced park assist and a 360-degree camera. Highway integration assist is also included, which can keep pace with other traffic on the motorway and helps keep the Grandland central in its lane. Night Vision is available as an additional option for £1,300 to improve visibility for the driver.

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