The Crossland X is a “family-friendly” SUV, says What Car?, with all versions coming in front-wheel drive to create extra space in the back. Deep side windows provide an “airy feel” inside and relatively small wheels improve space, ride comfort and fuel efficiency. The tested 110hp 1.2-litre engine “feels punchy and willing to rev” and is “impressively smooth”. “If you spend most of your time weaving through urban traffic, then the Crossland X does a good job, because its light steering makes it easy to nip in and out of lanes, and helps with low-speed manoeuvres such as parking. “Most people will find it easy enough to get comfortable, because there’s a good range of seat and steering wheel adjustment, and the pedals and wheels are positioned in line with each other. The dashboard is logically laid out, with the controls spread over three tiers. And the colour-coded rotary temperature controls are simplicity itself.”
Vauxhall’s infotainment system is highly rated and OnStar is “particularly handy on the move” because large icons make it easy to use.
WhatCar? concludes: “The Crossland X is very spacious for such a small SUV and comes very well equipped.”
The “stylish” Crossland X is “a spacious, practical and well-equipped family car” which is “more desirable than the Meriva it replaces”, says Auto Express. “For many buyers the excellent packaging and comprehensive infotainment system will be the biggest draw.
“Inside, you’re immediately taken by how bright and airy it feels. There’s loads of space up front thanks to the steeply-raked windscreen that stretches out beyond the large dashboard, while in the rear there’s enough head and leg room for even the tallest adults. It’s clearly been designed with practicality in mind, a trait also evident when you open the boot. “As standard, all Crosslands get a 410-litre load bay with the rear seats in place. That’s already 54 litres more than you’ll find in the Mokka X, but spec the Versatility Pack and you’ll be able to roll the bench fore and aft.” The 130hp 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine “proved punchy and refined” with 0-62mph time of “just” 9.1 seconds. “It very rarely gets bogged down, serving up plenty of power throughout the rev range.”
The Crossland X’s main talent lies in its pragmatism, including a boot that “will swallow a small country”, says Car.
“Plenty of kit on board too, with even base-spec SE cars getting a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with cruise control and automatic lights and wipers. That’s an impressive list for a car whose list price starts at £16,555. This particular car is a top-spec Elite, which gets more personalisation options.” The steering is “very good”, following on from the fact that “Vauxhall’s been on a roll recently with feel and feedback and the Crossland’s helm is deftly weighted with sharp response”. The 130hp engine is bolted to a six-speed manual box that’s “perfectly matched to this mill’s thrummy three-pot power delivery”. Car adds: “For its target market it does the job admirably well. We suspect quite a lot of people might buy one if sales of the Mokka X are anything to go by.”
The Crossland X “baby crossover”, says Top Gear, “encloses a lot of useful space within its short footprint.
“Everyone sits high and has a good view out” and the seats are “supportive and firm”. “We like the 1.2 petrol, especially its 130hp version, and it’s a good installation here. It has the get-up-and-go to shift this little car away from roundabouts with enough zip to get you up the tail of low-spec ‘executive sports saloons’. Its happy buzz doesn’t disturb the peace either.” The six-speed manual gearbox has a “chunky” and “reassuringly solid” action. “The Crossland X springing is plainly stiff enough that it won’t sag under the load of all a family and its chattels.” The “killer” OnStar “connects you to a remote human” in times of need and its high-bandwidth wi-fi means “your passengers will love you”. Top Gear expects the Crossland X to embed itself “into many families’ lives”, adding: “Sensible ergonomics, practicality and a generally obliging nature play strongly here. Handy size means it’ll fit city streets and parking spaces. And then the on-board connectivity really is a big draw among family haulers. Putting OnStar as standard into cars like this is a big bold move.”
The Crossland X “seeks to carve out an independent niche for itself” and with a starting price of £16,555 it’s a “competitively priced proposition”, says Autocar.
Design: The Crossland X has been given the “ADAM-esque treatment” by “giving buyers the opportunity to have the roof a different colour from the body”. The body-sides have been made “racy by Vauxhall’s sculpting, which employs a style we first saw on the previous-generation Insignia, where they added some dynamism”.
Interior: “The Crossland X neatly avoids the pitfall that so many small crossovers stumble into, in as much as it’s roomy enough inside to be an alternative to a normal five-door hatch.” The driver’s seat is “comfortable” and provides lots of adjustment. There’s “good head room, even for taller adults, in the back seats”. Boot space is “very competitive”. The overall impression of the cabin is “agreeable and inoffensive, with a good ergonomic layout and instruments that are visible and readable”.
Performance: The 1.2-litre three-cylinder runs “smoothly and quietly”, with the Vauxhall “settling to a fairly muted idle”. Drivability and economy are both “good”. The power delivery “has remarkable low and mid-range torque, as evidenced by its ability to get from 30mph to 70mph in fourth gear almost as quickly as it will if you rev it out through second and third, and the fact that it hit 100mph in fourth, fifth and sixth within a measured mile during our in-gear acceleration runs. On the move, the ride is “compliant” and “adequate body control” provides “high-speed stability”.
“It shouldn’t cost too much to run, with all engines proving to be as efficient as those of rivals. Company car buyers will get the best value from the 98hp 1.6-litre diesel.”