Opel was among the first in the field of European manufacturers in the market for plug-in hybrid drive models with the Ampera. The biggest difficulty with the type was that it was actually a sports coupe with a flat body, a narrow cabin due to the T-shape and a battery that protrudes between the seats; nevertheless, quite good numbers were achieved with it. Now, with two car generations of time and a change of ownership later, they are trying a vehicle in a much better starting position.
The Grandland X RV belongs to one of the most popular segments of the European market, and this time it has also managed to incorporate the technology without compromising on passengers. The size of the luggage compartment is slightly reduced by eliminating the compartment under the floor, apart from this there is no change.
With its 300-horsepower system power, the model immediately jumps into a new category where you have to compete with professionally put together types of premium brands; what counts as a good sense of quality in the base model of 7 million does not necessarily compete in the 15 million category, where it would have to compete with larger touch screens, digital instrumentation, special online services; perhaps the model update will bring a change in this area. Until then, only the green license plate and the extra HUF 148,500 surcharge, the black paint finish extended to the hood, sets the Hybrid4 top model apart from the other Grandland Xs.
At the front, a hybrid system (200-horsepower gasoline engine and 110-horsepower electric motor) drives through an eight-speed automatic, while on the rear axle, if necessary, an electric motor (113 hp) through a simple gearbox. Basically, virtual all-wheel drive makes driving safer in unfavorable road conditions, which comes in handy even if the driver accelerates at high throttle. Although it takes a few moments before it detects a loss of traction on the front axle and at least the electrical energy is directed to the rear wheels; when selecting Sport mode, all-wheel drive is constant.
Of course, this only stays active as long as the 13.2 kWh battery has a suffocation, otherwise only the energy from the regeneration / engine supply can be counted on for a few seconds using the system. In electric mode we can calculate with a wide range of 50 km, the charging time with the 3.3 kW on-board charger given at the base price is three and a half hours, which can be halved with the 6.6 kW charger (HUF 177,800). Only 230 volt cables are provided as standard, the surcharge of the Mode2 / Mode3 charging cable is 260,350 HUF.
Not so much the 300-horsepower power, but the high construction and high weight made the suspension a little tight, the steering was no longer taken more directly. It’s a legitimate suggestion that the plug-in hybrid drive is basically about saving, but whoever wants it can only buy the Grandland X with front-wheel drive and 225 horsepower, so when you pay for Hybrid4, you can expect some extras. The 6.4 l / 100 km test consumption produced after the battery is discharged is not bad, but it is also not extremely good to use the knowledge inherent in the construction with a constant charge, which also requires a plug-in parking space.
• Powerful motor
• Dynamic even in “electric” mode
• Discounts from green license plate I
DO NOT LIKE
• Knowledge of consumer electronics system
• Tight chassis tuning
• Charging cable robs space in the trunk
CONCLUSION of Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 Test
The all-wheel-drive Grandland X is truly the pinnacle of the model range, but for that much money, we can even find green license plate compact SUVs from premium brands, with less system performance but more pampering. It is up to the buyer to decide whether he absolutely needs convincing engine power or rather to choose extra services.
Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 Specs and Changes
Cylinders / valves: S4 / 16 turbo
Max. Power: 147 kW / 200 hp 5500 / min
Max. Torque: 250 Nm 1650 / min
FRONT ELECTRIC MOTOR
Max. Power: 81 kW / 110 HP
Max torque: 337 Nm
REAR ELECTRIC MOTOR
Max. power: 83 kW / 113 HP
Max. torque: 166 Nm
Max. power: 221 kW / 300 HP
Max. torque: 520 Nm
Length / width / height: 4477/1906 / 1609 mm
Wheelbase: 2675 mm Wheelbase
front / rear: 1595/1610 mm
Turning circle: 11.1 m
Net weight / load capacity: 1875/475 kg
Load space: 390-1528 l
Fuel tank: 43 l
Acceleration 0-100 km / h: 6.1 s
Max. Speed: 235 km / h
WLTP average consumption: 1.4-1.3 l / 100 km
Test consumption: 6.4 l / 100 km
CO2 emission: 36-34 g / km Base