The new Opel Grandland X Ultimate

Opel Grandland X Ultimate 2.0 Diesel Review

The new Opel Grandland X Ultimate
The new Opel Grandland X Ultimate

Caroline drives the Opel Grandland X Ultimate!

In 2018, Opel Ireland welcomed the new Grandland X to Ireland in the highly lucrative five door, family SUV segment. Available from €28,395 with a choice of 1.2-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel and 2.0-litre diesel, the Opel Grandland X occupies a peachy point for family buyers looking for a cool mid-size SUV.

I’ve already tested the Opel Grandland X 1.2-litre petrol and it was a car that I enjoyed for its straightforward practicality, stylish design and on point petrol engine. Now at the opposite end of the spectrum I’m testing the Opel Grandland X Ultimate. Under the bonnet there is a top of the range 2.0-litre diesel engine mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The car also has an impressive spec including a number of more luxurious features as standard. But you do pay dearly for it, with a list price for this model of €41,595.

What's new?

The Grandland X’s neat frame is enhanced with 19” alloys, while the roof and door mirrors are finished in black on the Ultimate trim car. There are also silver coloured roof rails, premium ergonomic seats, heated leather seats and trim, adaptive AFL LED headlights, OnStar, touchscreen with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, 360° camera, Advanced Park Assist and a Denon premium sound system.

The interior of the Opel Grandland X Ultimate
The interior of the Opel Grandland X Ultimate

Inside the Grandland X there is reasonable space for five however the middle rear passenger will get short changed on leg and shoulder room. The electric tailgate comes as standard on the Ultimate trim and opens to reveal 514 litres of space.

The dashboard design is simple and straightforward with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility on the 8” colour touchscreen. The quality is good and the design straightforward and easy to navigate, however it's a little way off the showstopper you might expect of a car priced in the region of €40,000!

The Opel Grandland X Ultimate is powered by a strong 2.0-litre diesel engine
The Opel Grandland X Ultimate is powered by a strong 2.0-litre diesel engine

On the road in the Opel Grandland X Ultimate

The 2.0-litre engine is a powerhouse for the Grandland X with 177hp and 400Nm of torque giving it a trailer load of 2 tonnes. The Grandland X 2.0-litre makes brisk progress on the road and it doesn't sound too coarse for a large diesel engine either, changing gear with reasonable efficiency too. Motor tax for this model is €270 per year and over a week of driving my fuel consumption was 6.3l/100km.

The Grandland X works well as a family car in that it's easy to drive and get along with. It handles well though there is some lean in corners but generally it's very composed and pleasant to drive. The ride comfort on the 19" wheels of the test car was not as smooth and soft as I remembered from my test drive last year, but these are small nuances.

Rear legroom in the Opel Grandland X
Rear legroom in the Opel Grandland X

Should I buy it?

Opel Ireland is offering the Grandland X in five trim levels: SC, SRi, Elite, Ultimate and the new '120 Years' edition to celebrate 120 years of Opel. The Grandland X is undoubtedly a very valuable vehicle for Opel that's stylish and practical.

Certainly the Opel Grandland X Ulitmate is the Grandland X with all the bits thrown at it - top of the range diesel engine, effortless automatic gearbox and many luxury features.

In its most basic guise with a 1.2 litre petrol engine for example, the Grandland X certainly feels like a good alternative to the usual suspects in the family SUV class. For me this expensive top of the range model feels less convincing but for Opel fans looking for a powerhouse of an engine and plenty of luxury features, look no further than the Opel Grandland X Ultimate!

The Opel Grandland X Ultimate has a list price of €41,595
The Opel Grandland X Ultimate has a list price of €41,595

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Opel Grandland X Ultimate 2.0
Price: 
€41,595 (Range from €28,395)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
Power: 
177hp
Torque: 400Nm
0-100km/h:  
9.5 seconds
Top speed: 211km/h
Economy: 
4.9/100km
CO2 emissions: 
128g/km
Motor tax: 
€270 per year


Opel Grandland X 1.5 diesel

New Opel Grandland X 1.5 Diesel Engine

Opel Ireland has just announced the addition of a new Opel Grandland X 1.5 diesel to the range with 130hp.

The new engine replaces the current 1.6-litre 120hp diesel variant and is more economical and powerful. Maximum torque is 300 Nm at 1750 rpm. With a six-speed manual transmission, the combined fuel consumption is 4.2-4.1 l/100 km and CO2 emissions between 110-108 g/km.

The new engine is also available with an advanced new eight-speed automatic transmission.

The new powertrain is designed to meet strict future emissions requirements thanks to an innovative oxidation catalyst/NOx adsorber coupled with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR).

The Opel Grandland X 1.5 130hp diesel engine will be available to order from Opel dealerships in May for 182 deliveries.

By 2020, Opel will also offer the Grandland X as the brand’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

The Opel Grandland X starts at €27,995 for the petrol variant and €28,995 for the diesel variant.


The 2018 Opel Grandland X

Opel Grandland X 1.2 Petrol Review

The 2018 Opel Grandland X
The 2018 Opel Grandland X is now on sale in Ireland

The Opel Grandland X is a brand new model for the Opel range, a mid-size SUV slotting in above the Opel Astra. Grandland X gives Opel a key product to compete for family buyers, who more and more are opting for SUVs.

The Opel Grandland X is a good-looking SUV with familiar Opel design cues. It shares underpinnings and engines with the Peugeot 3008 launched last year, but the Grandland X feels very much like an Opel. The Grandland X has a sleek and compact presence but there’s room inside for five as well as a generous 514 litre boot.

And while the interior design may not be as avant-garde as the Peugeot, the interior of the Grandland X is good quality and packed with technology including the Opel OnStar personal assistant and a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Will the Opel Grandland X make a good family car?

Comfort and space is a must for a family car and the Opel Grandland X does not disappoint. On the road it’s an agile and pleasant SUV to drive with light but predictable steering. The handling is not going to set the world on fire, but as a family car that’s easy to drive and get along with, you can’t fault it.

The 2018 Opel Grandland X
The Opel Grandland X is a classy five seat SUV

Opel is lucky to have some excellent engines to offer with Grandland X. I was driving the 1.2-litre petrol with 130hp and the SRi model tested with lots of goodies retailed at €30,595 (the range kicks off at €27,995).

For anyone thinking of switching back to petrol, I couldn’t recommend this engine more. It’s nippy with plenty of torque, and refinement is excellent. It’s smooth and efficient while C02 emissions mean motor tax is just €200 per year.

There’s also a 1.6-litre diesel with 120hp (from €28,995) and a range topping 2.0-litre diesel with 177hp.

Opel Ireland is offering the Grandland X in four trim levels: SC, SRi, Elite and Ultimate. While the starting price of €27,995 is higher than some rivals, Opel bites back with a good standard specification.

The interior of the 2018 Opel Grandland X
The interior of the 2018 Opel Grandland X

All the equipment you could ever need

Equipment includes OnStar with Wifi hotspot, smartphone projection, dual zone climate control, cruise control, electric windows, 17” alloys, lane departure warning, speed sign recognition, rear parking sensors, high beam assist, and auto lights and wipers.

My 1.2 SRi model on test (€30,595) had 18” alloys, ambient lighting, electrically folding door mirrors, front and rear alloy effect skid plates, front parking sensors, keyless entry, 60/40 split folding rear seats, blind spot alert and a power tailgate.

The Opel Grandland X enters a packed segment full of rivals but it’s a really valuable car for Opel. It ticks all the boxes for a family car and the 1.2-litre petrol model is very pleasant to drive. The Opel Grandland X doesn’t do anything extraordinary but it’s comfortable and laden with technology so deserves to do well in its segment.

2018 Opel Grandland X
The Opel Grandland X is available with a 1.6-litre diesel or an excellent 1.2-litre petrol

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Opel Grandland X SRi 1.2
Price: 
€30,595 (Range from €27,995)
Engine: 1.2-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
130hp
Torque: 230Nm
0-100km/h:  
11.1 seconds
Top speed: 188km/h
Economy: 
5.1/100km
CO2 emissions:  
117g/km
Motor tax: 
€200 per year

If you are looking for a petrol family crossover, you might also like this review of the Nissan Qashqai.