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VAUXHALL GRANDLAND HATCHBACK

1.6 Hybrid GS Line 5dr Auto

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Vauxhall's Grandland Hybrid delivers family-friendly electrification. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

You might well have overlooked the existence of Vauxhall's Grandland mid-sized SUV, so, just to remind you, this is the Luton brand's version of the design which, with different bodywork but the same engineering is sold by Peugeot as the 3008 and by Citroen as the C5 Aircross. Both those cars feature plug-in hybrid electrified technology so, naturally, this Grandland gets it too - in front-driven 225PS form. Compared to PHEV rivals, it's a value-orientated package that now gains a sharper look and a more modern cabin.

Driving Experience

These days, Vauxhall only offers this Hybrid Grandland model with the lowered-powered 2WD 225PS petrol drivetrain; no one seemed much interested in the 4WD variant with 300PS, so it's been dropped. The engine is a Peugeot-derived 1.6-litre petrol turbo unit mated to a single electric motor with drive via an 8-speed auto gearbox. It's a pretty rapid confection - 60mph from rest takes 8.9s on the way to a top speed of 140mph (it's 84mph in all-electric drive, but getting anywhere near that would decimate the quoted 34 mile driving range capability). The bulk of this particular contender (1,735kgs) is evident in the slightly firmer way it rides across more terrible tarmac tears, an issue the engineers have tried to address with softer suspension settings. Which in turn results in an extra degree of body roll through the bends should you try and chuck this car about in the kind of manner a typical owner never would. You get three main driving modes, with the one you'll be using most of the time being the 'Hybrid' setting that chooses the best mix of electric and petrol propulsion to suit the driving style whilst optimising efficiency. The alternative settings are either 'Sport' (where the car combines the power of the electric and petrol motors to offer livelier performance). And 'Electric' (where the car uses only the battery-powered electric motor, resulting in an ultra-quiet and smooth drive with zero exhaust emissions.

Design and Build

As usual with a plug-in, there's nothing apart from different badging and an extra charging flap to designate this Hybrid variant's PHEV status. As well as losing an 'X' (in its name), this Grandland Hybrid has gained quite a lot in terms of its adoption of the brand's far more interesting 'Vizor' trim detailing on the front of the car. This sees Vauxhall's latest Griffin logo proudly positioned in the centre, flanked by slim LED headlamps and more muscular bumpers. As before, the dimensions (nearly 4.5m of length, nearly 1.9m of width and nearly 1.65m of height) position this Grandland just above smaller mid-sized SUVs Plug-ins (like the Kia Niro PHEV and the Renault Captur E-TECH Plug-in) and just below larger mid-sized models (like the Ford Kuga PHEV and the Volkswagen Tiguan e-Hybrid). Avoid entry-trim and you get a contrast-coloured roof too. Inside, changes have been made with the adoption of Vauxhall's latest Pure Panel cockpit with two widescreen displays for more of a digital experience. Ahead of the driver is a display up to 12-inches in size, offering up essential information, while the central 10-inch display controls all infotainment via a touchscreen. As before, driver and passengers benefit from the elevated seating position typical of an SUV, which ensures good visibility in all situations. And this model's relatively long wheelbase provides decent space for up to five people. While the luggage compartment is rated at 390-litres, as before 124-litres less than you'd get with a conventionally-powered model. It's 1,528-litres with the rear bench folded.

Market and Model

There's quite a premium to pay if you want plug-in hybrid capability for your Grandland. Prices start from around £34,500 with base 'GS Line' trim - or around £38,000 with plusher 'Ultimate'-spec. And that's where the range stops because there's no longer a higher-powered 4WD version available. If you're comparing against an equivalent petrol or diesel Grandland model of the conventional sort, you'll find that this Hybrid derivative attracts a premium of around £3,000 over a diesel and about £4,000 over a petrol auto. You're going to need to budget £500 (inc. VAT) more for the optional 6.6kW on-board charger because it halves the battery replenishment time when charging with a 7kW wallbox. The sporty 'GS Line' package features a black roof, door mirrors and wheel arches combined with 18-inch Gloss Black alloy wheels, dark tinted rear windows and alloy-effect skid plates. It also features LED headlights, tail lights and daytime running lights. Inside, there's Vauxhall's Pure Panel cockpit with twin screens including a 10-inch colour touchscreen and a 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Along with a Multimedia Navi Pro satellite navigation system and an AGR-approved driver's active sports-style seat for added comfort. Top 'Ultimate' trim adds 19-inch multi-spoke 'Ironman' alloy wheels, IntelliLux LED Pixel HeadLights and body-colour for the front bumper, rear bumper, wheel arches, door claddings and skid plates. Inside, there's Alcantara upholstery with heated front seats and steering wheel. Safety technology includes Side Blind Spot assist, Highway Integration Assist and Lane Positioning Assist.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the figures. We've covered the 34 mile WLTP-rated all-electric driving range; it's actually more like around 25 miles in real-world use. And we also ought to apply real-world thinking to projections of likely fuel economy because the fantasy-land official combined WLTP figure (up to 192mpg) clearly isn't likely to be replicated by the average owner. As a feather-foot, we suppose 80-90mpg might theoretically be possible but your realistic average is going to be much less than that - and certainly less than you'd get from the equivalent diesel model. Rely on the petrol engine alone and you'd struggle to average 35mpg. The WLTP CO2 return (29g/km for 'SRi' trim or 31g/km for 'Elite'-spec with its larger wheels) will mean attractively low BiK figures based around a 20% rating. The insurance group is 24E. Charging the 13.2kWh battery takes three hours with a standard Mode 3 cable - or 1 hour 45 minutes if the optional on-board charger has been fitted (which really ought to be standard). You'll need 8 hours to charge from a domestic socket. The battery is covered (up to 70% capacity) by its own 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty. The car itself gets the usual unremarkable three year / 60,000 mile Vauxhall cover.

Summary

We can see the attraction of the plug-in hybrid SUV, we really can. But with all of the models of this sort currently available, you have to be prepared to pay a big premium for the extra tech. And accept practicality compromises in return. In this regard, the Grandland Hybrid is no different from its market rivals. Or from the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid and Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid models that share its engineering. As with those French cousins, with upper-spec 4WD versions of this car, the primary issue lies in pricing that isn't too far off what you'd pay for a plug-in SUV of this kind with a premium badge - and that's a hard problem for a volume-branded product to overcome. But shop for a model with the kind of attractive finance deal your Vauxhall dealer will probably be able to offer and the picture might look very different. Then, it'll be simply a question of making sure you regularly plug the thing in. If you can work all of that out and you cover only short distance family mileage, then visits to petrol stations might become pleasingly irregular. And a fresh dimension in family mobility could open up to you.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Emissions
Emissions31.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed140mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 12" colour digital cluster
  • 180 degree rear view camera
  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
  • Digital fuel gauge with low fuel level warning light
  • Digital rev counter
  • Digital speedometer
  • Digital water temperature gauge with warning light
  • Driver information - Total mileage, service indicator, oil life
  • EV information display with powerflow, charge, e-save and statistics
  • Gearshift up/down indication light
  • Highway integration assist (Lane positioning assistant and Adaptive cruise control)
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lights on audible warning
  • Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
  • Multimedia navi pro with 10" colour touch+ sat nav+AM/FM/DAB radio, bluetooth audio streaming/mobile phone portal, Apple carplay/Android auto, USB
  • Speed sensitive electric power assisted steering
  • Speed sign recognition
  • Vauxhall connect including Ecall and connected services

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • 3.3kw charger
  • Type 2 mode 3 charging cable

Entertainment

  • Six speaker - four front + two rear
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/phone/cruise controls

Exterior Features

  • 3rd brake light
  • Automatic lighting control
  • Black door mirrors
  • Black side window trim
  • Body colour door handles
  • Carbon black door claddings
  • Collapsible windscreen wipers
  • Dark tinted Rear side and tailgate windows
  • Door mirror puddle light
  • Door mirrors with auto dipping function in reverse gear
  • Door to door illumination
  • Electrically adjustable and heated power door mirrors (wide-angle on driver’s side) with automatic timed cut-off
  • Electrically operated front and rear windows with safety auto reverse and one touch up/down facility
  • Frameless auto dimming anti dazzle rear view mirror with LED spotlight
  • Front/rear bumper and wheel arches in carbon black exterior color
  • GRANDLAND Carline name badge in - High gloss black
  • Hazard warning lights
  • Heated rear screen with timed cut off
  • High beam assist
  • High gloss black protective front and rear skid plates with C shape bumper inserts
  • High gloss black roof rails
  • High level centre rear brake light
  • Intermittent rear window wash/wipe
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • LED tail lights
  • Manual headlight beam levelling
  • PHEV badges on side doors
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear spoiler
  • Reversing light
  • Shark fin aerial
  • Side protection mouldings
  • Side window demist vents
  • Soundproof insulated windscreen
  • Tinted windows
  • Upper and lower bumper design
  • Vauxhall brand griffin badge in front and rear in high gloss black
  • Vauxhall plate door sill cover
  • Vizor front grille
  • Welcome lighting
  • Windscreen demist vents

Interior Features

  • 12V electrical accessory socket in front
  • 3 bench rear seats in 2nd row
  • 3 spoke flat bottom leather steering wheel with satin chrome effect bezel
  • 4 way electric driver lumbar support
  • 4 way manual adjustable driver seats with hieght, reach and backrest
  • 4 way passenger electric lumbar support
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat with centre rear seat armrest and load though facility
  • Advanced predictive logic control system using a sun sensor
  • Alloy sports pedals
  • Ambient centre console downlighter
  • Anti submarining ramps in front seats
  • Automatic air direction and fan speed with manual override
  • Black premium leather-effect side bolsters
  • Charcoal filter
  • Chrome effect interior door handles
  • Cosmo 1 Harlekin curitiba seats
  • Covered storage compartment in centre console and in driver armrest
  • Driver ergonomic active front seat
  • Driver's centre armrest
  • Dual zone electronic climate control
  • Electrical thermical preconditioner
  • Four adjustable facia vents
  • Front door pockets with 2.6 litre capacity
  • Front passenger seat
  • Front passenger seat cushion extension
  • Front passenger sport style seat
  • Grey headliner
  • Height adjustable headrests
  • Illuminated controls
  • Illuminated driver/passenger sunvisors
  • Illuminated luggage area + Ambient lighting in front doors
  • Interior courtesy light operated by door switches
  • ISOFIX on front passenger and rear outer seats
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Passengers ergonomic active seat
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Rear centre seat head restraint
  • Rear door pockets with 1.8 litre capacity
  • Rear passenger compartment heating ducts
  • Rear reading lights
  • Two drinks holders in centre console
  • Ventilated glovebox with lid

Passive Safety

  • 6 Airbags - Driver and passengers front airbag, two front side impact airbag, full size curtain airbags for driver
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Automatic emergency braking system
  • Child proof locks on rear doors
  • CSC - Cornering stability control
  • Deactivation switch for front passenger front and side impact airbags
  • Deflation detection system
  • Deformation zones front and rear
  • Driver drowsiness alert system
  • Dual seatbelt pretensioners on front seats
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic stability program (ESP) including traction control
  • Energy absorbing steering column
  • Engine drag torque control
  • Forward collision alert
  • HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • Hill start assist
  • Inertia reel lap and diagonal seatbelts for all seats
  • Load limiters on outer rear seatbelt retractors
  • Rear restraint seat belt pretensioner
  • Reinforced passenger safety cell
  • Side impact protection beam
  • Smart seatbelt reminder for front and rear seats
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • 2 PEPS key - Front/rear/trunk
  • Deadlocking system
  • Electronically protected audio equipment
  • Engine deadlock immobiliser
  • Freewheeling door locks
  • Key left in ignition audible warning
  • Keyless entry
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • One rigid one flap-key coloured
  • Remote control central locking activation switch on driver door
  • Remote security alarm system
  • Self powered alarm horn
  • Single horn
  • Theft deterent body security content and electircal child lock system
  • Theft deterent electrical
  • Visible vehicle identification number

Trim

  • Black door panels with black premium leather effect inserts
  • Dax decor facia panel with palladium medium finish

Wheels

  • 18" 5 twin spoke high gloss black alloy wheels
  • Tyre inflation kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty
    70
  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    13.2
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    345
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    3.6
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    310
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Charging Port Location
    Left Side Rear
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - TEH
    54
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - TEL
    56
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - TEH
    33.6
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - TEL
    34.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    16.1
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - TEH
    70
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - TEL
    72
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    62
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEH
    61
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEL
    62
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High
    63
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - TEH
    43.5
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - TEL
    44.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    38.5
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEH
    37.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEL
    38.5
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High
    39

Emissions - ICE

  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    31
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    32
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    31

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1598
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb
    15.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb
    18.3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb
    1.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    1.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    1.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb
    192
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEH
    192
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEL
    192

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.6
  • Badge Power
    225
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Hybrid
  • Coin Series
    GS Line
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    24E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    6
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 60 mph (secs)
    8.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    225
  • Engine Power - KW
    165
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    266
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    36.7
  • Engine Torque - NM
    360
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3000
  • Top Speed
    140

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1609
  • Length
    4477
  • Wheelbase
    2675
  • Width
    1906
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2098

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    43
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1528
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    390
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1250
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    600
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1735
  • No. of Seats
    5
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Lewis Higginson

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