2018 Opel Grandland X

2018 Opel Grandland X Specs, Details, Interior, Review

The 2018 Opel Grandland X is a 4.47 m long five-seat model. It is spacious for four occupants and has a large luggage compartment. At the moment, it is for sale with a diesel engine of 120 hp and a gasoline of 131 hp (later there will be more), with which the dynamic result is good and moderate consumption. The starting price is 22 264 euros. The automatic transmission is only available for Diesel.

Its alternatives are the  Ford Kuga , the  Hyundai Tucson , the  KIA Sportage , the  Nissan Qashqai , the  Renault Kadjar , the  SEAT Ateca  or the  Subaru XV , among other models. The most similar in the market is the Peugeot 3008 , since both share structural elements, engines and other technologies. Despite the same origin, Opel has clearly differentiated its product from that of Peugeot. Besides the aesthetic differences, there are two more important ones:

One is that the Opel seems to be finished with less luxurious and worked materials than the Peugeot. The quality of the Opel\’s coatings is generally similar to those of the Nissan Qashqai and slightly above those of a Renault Kadjar.

The second big difference is that the Opel has a much more functional interior: it has more holes between the seats to deposit objects and a traditional driving position: the steering wheel is of normal size and the instrumentation is seen through its hoop. The instrumentation of the Peugeot is seen above the steering wheel, which forces it to be very small, flat and close to the legs. What is equal in both (and seems a mistake) is the position of the pedals, too close to the seat and arranged in such a way that, its drive, is not natural for some people.

2018 Opel Grandland X

There are other differences between the Opel Grandland X and the Peugeot 3008, perhaps less relevant than the aforementioned ones, as the first one is somewhat noisier (I have found, especially, with the diesel engine of 120 hp), that the equipment is not identical and that the suspension and steering settings vary.

In January 2018, Opel plans to build a 180 hp diesel engine. A little later, there will be more (Diesel and petrol) to cover the gap between 130 and 180 hp, although at the moment Opel has not provided more data. There will also be a plug-in hybrid version, of which there is no information about its features beyond that will be based on PSA technology.

With the petrol engine of 130 hp (1.2 liters with supercharging) costs 22 264 euros. For less money there are models of similar power and size, such as a Kia Sportage (19 573 €), a Hyundai Tucson (20 440 €) or a Renault Kadjar (21 465 €). For more than what costs the basic Grandland X are the  Jeep Compass  (25 500 €), the Subaru XV (25 500 €) or the Ford Kuga (25 990 €). Currently, the most affordable 3008 costs € 23,700. The Grandland X Diesel of 120 hp (of 1.6 liters of displacement) starts from 23 241 euros.

There are no all-wheel drive versions. However, the traction system can be improved with the optional Grip Control, a more advanced traction control than the standard, which is offered in conjunction with M S type tires (they provide a little more grip on sliding surfaces than some specific asphalt). Even with this system, the Grandland X is not the right car if the use to be given is off the asphalt in demanding conditions

2018 Opel Grandland X

This model can be equipped with the  active speed programmer  (if it has automatic changeover) with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, a parking assistant, a system of overhead view cameras of the car and its surroundings (which does not give an image of good quality, aunqeu yes enough ), automatic opening tailgate with a foot movement, wireless recharging area for telephones, led lights, a panoramic glass roof, the IntelliLink multimedia system (with 7- or 8-inch displays), the Opel On Star online support device (which already have other models) and a Wi-Fi hotspot. In the more expensive versions, the sheet metal roof will be painted black.

Currently, Opel does not have any seven-seater SUV model. Opel plans to build a model of these characteristics (a model based on the  Peugeot 5008 ), but will not come in the short term.

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2018 Opel Grandland X interior 

I have tested the Opel Grandland X with the highest level of equipment available today (in Spain it is called Excellence) which is less luxurious than the Peugeot 3008 Allure that I have had the chance to drive to date. This difference will be matched in the future, since Opel plans to launch a higher level of equipment.

Be that as it may, my feeling is that the Opel is aimed at those who seek a more functional interior and do not mind that the interior design is simple. The Peugeot has a design that can be described as more technological, modern and evocative, but there is no doubt that little has been taken into account the practical side. In Opel there are many more holes in the console to drop objects and the arrangement of the buttons of the same are arranged in a more logical way. In addition, along with the touch screen there are a number of physical controls  that are missing the Peugeot, which help navigate the different menus.

2018 Opel Grandland X

It gives the impression that Peugeot has provided the interior of the 3008 with more luxurious materials: there are more surfaces soft and soft to the touch. In the Opel, the glove box is not upholstered and neither is the small drawer in front of the driver\’s knee.

The seats can be of two types, the normal ones and some more worked that give more lateral support (ergonomic seats AGR). They can be upholstered in leather and fabric or only leather. Forwards can have a ventilation system and the four lateral seats can be heated. For the steering wheel you can also request a function that heats. In the front seats there is a 12V socket, another USB type and optionally a wireless recharging surface for telephones. In the later places there can also be a USB socket and a 230 V.

The interior height is large, enough for passengers of almost two meters in any of the rows, at least if the sunroof is not mounted. In general, the interior is spacious for four passengers; for five occupants will lack width. Behind, there is no ISOFIX in the central square and also a system that allows adjusting the position of the sidewalk  .

2018 Opel Grandland X

The trunk is very large; has 515 liters of capacity, five less than the 3008 and the Volkswagen Tiguan . The SEAT Ateca has 510 liters, the Kia Sportage 503, the Hyundai Tucson 488 and the Renault Kadjar 472. It is divided into two parts by a board that creates a small double bottom.

The backrests of the rear seats are divided into two parts in 1/3 and 2/3 ratio. They can be folded by pulling levers that are in the walls of the trunk, or by pressing a button that is in each one of the parts. If the board mentioned in the previous paragraph is in its upper position, it is flush with the back of the seats. When the backrests are put back in their original position, the seat belts are trapped behind them.

2018 Opel Grandland X Driving Impressions 

In the international presentation I drove the Grandland X with the Diesel engine of 120 hp and the gasoline of 131, both with manual gearshift of six ratios and with the largest possible tires, about 225/55 R18 Michelin and model Primacy 3.

I think that whoever makes normal use of the car, will not miss the more powerful engines that are to come. With either of the two available today, you can travel at an agile pace in many circumstances, with proper acceleration reserve.

The 131-horsepower gasoline is especially nice outside the city because it is very quiet, has strength at all rpm and is able to reach a high régime with ease. It has three cylinders, but the driver does not have the impression of driving an engine of these characteristics, because it does not vibrate more of the account, nor does it sound in a peculiar way. It is linked to a gearbox with very long relationships: on a German highway and seemingly flat, our test unit did not exceed 5 250 rpm in fifth ratio, when the maximum power is at 5500 rpm. I have not been able to verify what maximum regime is reached with the sixth.

2018 Opel Grandland X

Driving this engine in town has a look that can bother you. And is that the delivery of power is a little abrupt when starting the march and low speed: it costs to leave from standing with cleanness and smoothness, at least at the beginning. In Diesel it is easier to dosify the accelerator in the city, although it is more noisy and vibrates more.

It has given me the feeling that the interior of the Opel GrandLand X is a little louder than the Peugeot 3008 and is more noticeable with the diesel engine than with the gasoline. It is not a noisy car in absolute terms, by no means, but it is that the interior of the Peugeot is so well insulated and soundproof that it is commendable.

The Opel Grandland X with the Diesel engine may seem, at first, slightly faster than the 131-horsepower. That\’s because it gives the force very steadily from a low rate up to its spin limit. The gasoline has a sportier feel, because it goes from less to more and reaches a higher regime (of course). Therefore, in city and in quiet driving, you do not take advantage of the extra power of the gasoline model. But when it really comes to accelerate and accelerate the marches, it does impose itself clearly.

I have done several tests of consumption with the GrandLand X; although not precisely performed, do serve as a reference. At 120 km / h marker constant on a flat freeway and with air conditioning connected, Grandland X gasoline indicated 5.7 l / 100 km of average consumption, for 4.5 Diesel (in both cases I have taken a sample about 4 km). In a route with some motorway and the rest by means of second order (with passage through numerous populations) and at a gentle pace, gasoline consumed 6.2 l / 100 km according to the computer; the Diesel 5,4. I have not been able to check the consumption in urban routes, nor to drive at a fast pace by road, where the difference between diesel and gasoline may be greater than in the previous conditions.

2018 Opel Grandland X

The feel of driving is different in Opel and Peugeot. The biggest difference is given because the steering is slower in the Opel (has 3.0 flights from stop to stop, by 2.4 the Peugeot). That, along with the difference in diameter of the steering wheel, makes the perception in curve very different. Apart from that, I can not say much about the dynamic qualities in curve, beyond that they seem good and in line with what their rivals offer. The suspension looks fine tuned for comfort to be high and body movements moderate.

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