Does an upgraded spec and a bigger engine make the Grandland X an even more competent crossover?
Our first impression of the Vauxhall Grandland X was of a crossover that was perfectly solid but did little to stand out. So we doubt many people were pondering what the ‘ultimate’ version of one would be.Yet, here it is: the Vauxhall Grandland X Ultimate, a new range-topping trim that essentially amounts to Vauxhall ticking all the option boxes so you don’t have to.That means there’s plenty of extra kit over the previous top-level Elite Nav trim’s already decent spec, including heated rear seats, a Denon audio system, LED headlights and a raft of driver assistance features such as park assist, automatic cruise control and a panoramic camera.More significantly, the Ultimate model also comes with a new engine: a 2.0-litre turbo diesel with 175bhp and 295lb ft of torque, driven through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Given neither of the two existing Grandland X engines — a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel — offers much in the way of dynamic excitement, the extra performance should be welcome.But can that bigger engine and upgraded spec make the Grandland X stand out in the increasingly complicated crossover class? …read more