The French automaker has a new SUV it can throw at the competition

The Opel Grandland X marks a huge weight off the shoulders of the French automaker. Shackled by the completely underwhelming Antara, the Grandland X arrives with a new and more SUV-friendly design, a larger profile than the Crossland X, and some much-needed heritage from the Peugeot 3008, a car that has surprised a lot of people with its overall offering. The Grandland X is an all-new model, too, providing a much-needed boost for the French automaker in its fight for relevancy in the super competitive world of crossovers and SUVs.

Continue reading to learn more about the Opel Grandland X.

Exterior

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The Grandland X has a little bit of Mazda in its design, but that’s a compliment to both automakers.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Opel Grandland X is that its design is a dramatic step up from the Antara. There’s really no comparison between the two. The Grandland X has a little bit of Mazda in its design, but that’s a compliment to both automakers. Opel does a good in creating a bit of differentiation, specifically in the front section where a unique crest-shaped front grille dominates the conversation. The headlights look modern, too, and there’s even the option to go with LEDs if you want to get them.

The overall profile is sharp and edgy, exactly what a modern SUV should be. The body lines are deeply creased, too, setting an aggressive tone that extends all the way to the rear section. You’ll notice, too, by how long the lines run that the Grandland X is longer than you’d expect it to be. That’s because it measures 4.48 meters long, almost eight inches longer than the Crossland X. That extra length gives a more imposing appearance, all while creating more space and room in the interior.

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Opel did a good job at not overdoing anything stylistic element, instead settling for a basic layout that emphasizes the Grandland X’s looks

The design of the rear section is solid, too. Opel did a good job at not overdoing anything stylistic element, instead settling for a basic layout that emphasizes the Grandland X’s looks. There’s no wasted space in there. The plastic rear bumper could be better, but at the price you’re getting the SUV, it’s good enough to be included in there, too.

Interior

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The layout is simple and ergonomic, two qualities that Opel seems to have focused on in favor of giving the cabin more pizzazz.

The interior is one of the Opel Grandland X’s most important features. That’s saying a lot because, in terms of design, everything is muted. It doesn’t have the same personality as the Peugeot 3008, but everything is where it’s supposed to be. The layout is simple and ergonomic, two qualities that Opel seems to have focused on in favor of giving the cabin more pizzazz. To each his own, I guess.

The layout of the infotainment system is neatly arranged with the two A/C units flanking it. Opt for the Tech Line Nav trim, and you can get a bigger eight-inch infotainment system. Just below the display are a series of knobs and buttons. There might be a sense of redundancy with some of this buttons, but we’ll let it pass. It looks cool anyway. More of the same things can be seen on top of the central tunnel, though those buttons are exclusively temperature controls.

The seats look and feel normal, but if you opt for the range-topping Elite Nav trim, you can get seats that are approved by the AGR, a group representing German back specialists who should know a thing or two about what a comfortable seat should feel like.

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When the seats are upright, the SUV has 18.1 cubic feet of space, 3.5 cubic feet more than what the Crossland X has at its disposal

Interior space is a big calling card of the Grandland X. When the seats are upright, the SUV has 18.1 cubic feet of space, 3.5 cubic feet more than what the Crossland X has at its disposal. Fold all the seats down and the space increases to an impressive 58.3 cubic feet. Combine that with a large opening when the tailgate is lifted, and you should have no problems loading and unloading your items.

On the tech side, the Grandland X doesn’t lack in any of the good stuff, most prominently being the Onstar connectivity system that offers a Wi-Fit hotspot inside the SUV. Considering the purpose of this model as a people hauler, online connectivity is going to go a long way in keeping the little ones busy with their iPads.

Drivetrain

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The Opel Grandland X is available with a number of different engine options, beginning with a 1.2-liter gas engine that produces 130 horsepower and 169 pound-feet of torque

The Opel Grandland X is available with a number of different engine options, beginning with a 1.2-liter gas engine that produces 130 horsepower and 169 pound-feet of torque. Opt for the diesel units, and the options start with a bigger 1.5-liter diesel engine that also produces 130 ponies, but has significantly more torque at 221 pound-feet. If that still isn’t enough to tickle your fancy, you can go for the range-topping 2.0-liter diesel with 177 horsepower and an impressive 295 pound-feet of torque at your disposal. Almost all versions of the Grandland X come with a standard six-speed manual transmission. The only exception is the aforementioned top-of-the-line Ultimate trim, which comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment.

The only downside to the Grandland X’s drivetrain configuration is the absence of any all-wheel drive on any version of the SUV. The good news is that the Grandland X comes with a Grip Control system that helps improve grip depending on the type of road condition it’s in. The SUV also has five driving modes to choose groom, each with its own unique offering to go with the amount of torque it distributes to the front wheels. Opt for the optional automatic transmission and the system will be able to adjust throttle response and shift points that will make it more seamless to drive.

Prices

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Pricing for the Opel Grandland X starts at €27,995, or just a little under $33,000 based on current exchange rates. Move on up to the SRI model and you’re looking at a cost of just over €30,000, which would convert to about $35,100. You can also go all-out and get everything you need on the Grandland X, options and add-ons included. Doing that, though, will set you back north of €38,000, or around $40,000.

Competition

Nissan Qashqai

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The Opel Grandland X belongs in a segment that has no shortage of competitors. It just so happens that one of these rivals is the Nissan Qashqai, one of the most popular SUVs in all of Europe. The current Qashqai has been around since 2015, and it’s turned into one of Nissan’s most important models. It recently received an update from Nissan, but the core qualities of the Qashqai remain intact. That includes having its own lineup of engines, beginning with a 1.2-liter unit that produces 113 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. There’s also a 1.6-liter DIG-T engine that produces 147 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful engine in the whole lineup. Opt for the diesel versions, and you start off with a 1.5-liter dCI engine that pumps out 108 horsepower. You can move up, though, to a 1.6-liter unit and receive 128 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The Grandland X may have the Qashqai beat in this department, but the Nissan SUV is still a more proven model compared to the Opel SUV still has to accomplish. That alone trumps any kind of advantage the Grandland X may have. Pricing for the Nissan Qashqai starts off at £18,265 and goes all the way up to £28,500. That’s around $21,500 to $33,500.

Read our full review on the 2018 Nissan Qashqai.

Mazda CX-5

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It should be obvious that when comparing the Opel Grandland X to another SUV, there’s no better SUV to compare it with than the one that looks similar to it. That’s the Mazda CX-5, a model that has blazed its own trail in the midst of the all-too competitive landscape. The current CX-5 remains a popular model, and that’s a credit to the Japanese automaker. Mazda has done a good job at keeping the SUV modern, something that we can’t say for other automakers in this field. Part of the CX-5’s appeal is the variety of technological offerings it has, as well as a diverse engine lineup that includes a 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter Skyactiv engines that produce roughly around 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque for the smaller unit and 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque for the larger unit. A 2.2-liter diesel unit is also available with an output in the vicinity of 170 horses and 290 pound-feet of torque. Pricing for the Mazda CX-5 starts at $22,500 for the entry-level unit. That price could balloon up to more than $30,000 if you get the range-topping version and throw in a menu’s worth of options, accessories, and add-ons into the mix.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mazda CX-5.

Conclusion

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Depending on what you need from an SUV, the Opel Grandland X either has all you want in one or nothing that resembles anything useful. The absence of an all-wheel-drive system, even as an option, is debilitating for the Grandland X. But if you can get past that pretty big omission, you’ll come to learn that Opel’s SUV does have a lot of things to offer. It looks good for its make, has a good amount of space in the interior, and offers a variety of engine options that all have their benefits. The Grandland X is probably best suited as city SUV with the occasional out of town trips mixed in. All you need to know is understand what you want in an SUV, and you’ll realize quickly if the Grandland X is for you.

  • Leave it
    • * Pricier than the competition
    • * No all-wheel-drive
    • * Doesn’t have the years of experience to fall back on

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2011 Opel Antara.

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Press Release

This is where a sporty character meets the spirit of adventure: modern, dynamic lines, a cool off-road look and the elevated seating position with good all-round visibility typical of an SUV. This is the new Opel Grandland X – with a host of top technologies on board and plenty of space for up to five adventurous passengers, their luggage and sport equipment. These qualities make the Opel a new contender in the booming SUV segment. In the compact class alone, the SUV share has increased from seven percent in 2010 to nearly 20 percent today. The 4.48 meter-long Grandland X’s athletic look boasts crisp exterior dimensions with its taut muscles and short overhangs. And with optional two-color finish, the compact SUV shows its very own style. The Opel Grandland X makes its world premiere at this year’s IAA (International Motor Show) in Frankfurt (September 14 – 24, 2017).

Ideally equipped and well positioned, the new Grandland X comes to market in the fall as the third member of the Opel X family. It joins its Opel Crossland X and bestseller Opel Mokka X siblings, which both are some 20 centimeters shorter in length. At the same time, the Grandland X expands the extensive Opel portfolio in the very popular compact car segment from Astra to Zafira.

“A stylish newcomer is ready to attack in the booming compact SUV segment – and that is our new Opel Grandland X. Its name stands for adventure, independence and abundance. With its sporty design, the Grandland X looks fantastic and will ensure that new customers get excited about the Opel brand. Beyond the characteristic SUV qualities, it also has a host of top technologies that make it safe and fun at the same time. With the Grandland X, Opel is bringing onto the market a cool SUV with a strong ‘I want it’ factor,” says Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.

The portfolio of ultra-modern assistance and comfort features for the Grandland X is first class: Adaptive Cruise Control with pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking, Driver Drowsiness Alert, Advanced Park Assist and the 360° Camera are just some highlights. AGR-certified ergonomic seats (Campaign for Healthier Backs), heated steering wheel, seat heating front and rear and the tailgate that opens with a simple foot movement ensure top comfort. In typical Opel fashion, Grandland X drivers and passengers enjoy top connectivity with the latest generation of IntelliLink systems and the personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar, which now includes new services such as booking hotel rooms1 and searching for parking2. Smartphones can even be charged wirelessly via inductive charging. Opel again delivers on its commitment to leadership in lighting technology, equipping the Grandland X with bright driving light thanks to Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) LED headlamps. Functions such as cornering light, high beam assist and auto levelling guarantee optimal illumination of the road ahead, ensuring plenty of driving fun even in the dark.

The Grandland X offers one thing above all: safe driving fun all year round and on every surface. This is also thanks to the optional electronic Grip Control that, especially with M&S tires, ensures top traction in diverse driving situations. The driver has a choice of five driving modes. The system then adapts the torque distribution to the front wheels, allow wheel-spin if necessary, and with the automatic transmission adjusts shift points as well as throttle response. This ensures best traction and stable handling regardless of whether the Grandland X is travelling on snow, mud, sand or wet surfaces.

Sharp design with fine details: How elegant an SUV can look

At 4,477 millimeters long, 1,844 millimeters wide and 1,636 millimeters high, the new Opel Grandland X is a cool, robust SUV from every perspective of its sporty presence. In the front above the skidplate the bold grille proudly displays the Opel Blitz. The chrome winglets embrace the brand logo and flow outwards to the slim, double-wing LED headlamps, optically widening the front and giving the Grandland X a powerful, solid stance. The hood features the signature Opel crease – an expression of the Opel design philosophy ‘Sculptural Artistry meets German Precision’.

Its side views echo the attractive combination of rugged SUV charm and elegant lines. Muscular, sculpted wheel arches and protective cladding on the lower body give the Grandland X real off-road appeal. In contrast, clear lines and the refined blade on the lower doors identify the new Grandland X as a member of the Opel family. Optional two-tone finish with the roof in contrasting black adds an extra touch of personalization. Its smooth flow into the rest of the body is emphasized by the “breakthrough” C pillar, which also creates a dynamic bond to the rear. The rear view of the Grandland X shows down to the smallest detail what real SUV design means: wide stance, silver underride protection with integrated tailpipes on the left and right, and above that protective cladding and slim LED taillights underline the newcomer’s sporty, muscular character.

“The new Grandland X is a modern SUV with an exceptional presence and a bold design that looks compact, sporty and muscular. We have further refined our Opel design philosophy to create an SUV which blends sportiness and elegance to make it an absolute eye-catcher in its segment,” said Vice President Design Mark Adams.

The Grandland X radiates the same quality in the interior: the instrument panel and center stack with touchscreen are clearly laid out and horizontally aligned to the driver. The center stack has three horizontal rows of controls for fast and intuitive access to infotainment, climate control and chassis functions. The interior surfaces feature high-class haptics, giving the driver and passengers a feeling of well-being and comfort in all seats. They benefit from the SUV-typical elevated seating position that eases ingress/egress and ensures good visibility. Its long wheelbase of 2,675 millimeters also ensures that the compact class SUV has plenty of space for up to five people. And the luggage compartment with a load volume from 514 to a maximum of 1,652 liters offers generous room for luggage and sport equipment. With all these features, the Opel Grandland X can compete with even the most spacious compact class station wagons.

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