Car review – Opel Grandland X Hybrid4

No need to go overboard

This Grandland X Hybrid4 is the most powerful Opel ever made besides the Insignia OPC but being a plug-in hybrid SUV it has more rational than sporty assets.

 

Horsepower aplenty

After the Insignia OPC (325hp), this Grandland X is the most powerful Opel ever made, although it has a completely different vocation. It draws its power from a 200hp 1.6 turbo petrol engine and two electric motors, one in the front producing 110hp and a 113-hp one powering the rear axle. System power is 300hp and maximum torque is a staggering 520Nm.

The battery under the rear seat has a capacity of 13.2 kWh. Opel announces 59 electric kilometres (WLTP) but in our road test, we got about 45 kilometres out of it.

 

More relaxed than sporty

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.

 

No room for frivolity

Its appearance is classic and elegant without being exciting. The interior is somewhat sombre, with much black and grey and the materials used are not always to the same level as on the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 and the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense, which share the same underpinnings.

Ride comfort is decent but the suspension is neither fish nor fowl, feeling rather hard without being nimble, making you feel each little bump. The hybrid Grandland X is quiet, even when the four-cylinder comes into play. Room on board is more than sufficient, as is the boot.

Tax benefits

If you are looking for a decent car that you can use with your family, this is certainly a valid option, especially as a company car, thanks to the advantageous BIK and full tax deductibility. Consumption is “à la carte”. We got by with 3.9L/100km of petrol because we connected it to the mains as often as possible. Which is how it should be.

If you do not need four-wheel drive and 300hp, Opel also offers an identical version without an electric motor on the rear axle that only has front-wheel drive and puts out 225hp but with the same large battery and electric driving range.

The plug-in hybrid Grandland X is a fine piece of engineering, but in terms of style it is a lot more restrained than its competitors from the same house. This can be a good thing if you don't care about an outspoken character and if you believe there’s no need to go overboard.

Opel Grandland X

1.6 TURBO PHEV ELEGANCE S&S AUT

    € 622excl. VATMonthly price based on 60 months and 10.000 km per year.
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      + Technically very sophisticated concept

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      + Very low consumption is possible

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      + Very appealing from a tax point of view

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      - Sombre, uninspiring interior - Steering feel