“Is that really a Vauxhall?” I give a friend a lift and that reaction probably means the Grandland’s facelift did the job.
Most of us learned to drive in Vauxhalls or had them as company or family cars or rental cars. And they were all absolute, you know, OK.
But people didn’t come in and didn’t notice her.
The Grandland, on the other hand, now has a sharp, individual face. A glossy black forehead transitions cleanly into the LED headlights. Inside is a repeat of that glossy black stripe.
It runs across most of the dashboard. Only this time, when you start the ignition, the two screens light up.
Under the facelift there is no mess with the formula. But then Vauxhall usually does the boring but useful stuff pretty well.
Most buttons and knobs are where you expect them to be.
If you were to pick up a Grandland for hire at your holiday airport, there would be no mystery in driving it.
There’s enough room in the back for three lanky teenagers. The Boot is a decent, versatile box. The front seats support your back.
I was behind the wheel for eight hours one day and my spine was cool about it. And the value is ok.
Come to think of it, the original Grandland dropped that ball – the plug-in hybrid version was ridiculously expensive.
Play to its strengths
Not this time. The new PHEV is well priced for the type.
Alright, that’s the good stuff. Now for the average.
On my return trip from London to Wales, I made sure to hit the EV button in town at the start and end of the trip. In this way, I have put the plug-in hybrid battery where electricity is most efficient. And then I let the petrol engine play to its strengths by using it on the freeway.
The net result was little better than 40mpg. a little more So the PHEV version only makes sense with average mileage if you plug it in twice a week or more.
And it’s still a bit clunky, especially around roundabouts or hilly terrain when it’s pausing and swaying and can’t quite decide which gear to use.
Around town, meanwhile, the suspension is slightly turbulent, shuffling and rocking. It levels out once you get some speed under the wheels.
Overall, it’s not a big party for the driver.
But it’s still a family crossover and even the bad parts aren’t any worse than average.
Is average good enough? His problem is the sheer number of rivals out there.
And we come back to the picture. People seem to trust the Japanese and Korean name tags more than the “home team”.
Even if a Nissan Qashqai is built here and the Vauxhall in Germany.
KEY FACTS: Opel Grandland GS Line Hybrid-e
engine: 1.6-litre petrol plug-in hybrid
perfomance: 225 hp, 360 Nm
0-62mph: 8.9 sec
top speed: 140km/h
out of: Now
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8636843/vauxhall-grandland-review-glossy-facelift-price-tag/ A shiny facelift and price tag are enough to make this family crossover stand out