With a sprint to one hundred kph in 6.1 seconds you get off the starting blocks fast and a top speed of 235km/h (135km/h electric) is nothing to be ashamed of. It is not really a driver’s car, though, as evidenced by the rather vague steering. At 1,875kg, it weighs 375kg more than the other Grandland Xs, making it feel anything but sporty in tight corners. It clearly favours a relaxed driving style, flavoured by the occasional sprint.
The Grandland X PHEV has four driving modes. The first is Electric, only using the electric motors. The second mode is Hybrid, letting the car select the drive depending on the conditions. 4WD mode turns it into a four-wheel drive, either using only the two electric motors (front and rear) or both the petrol engine in the front and the electric motor on the rear axle. The last mode is Sport, pushing all out of all three engines.