Although we enjoyed driving the car and all its features, it simply was not big enough for us, so when we were invited to put the Vauxhall Grandland X Elite to the test we jumped at the chance.
The Grandland X is the largest SUV in the Vauxhall range, which also features the Crossland X and the slightly larger Mokka X which made me hopeful that it would pass the car seat challenge.
Does the Grandland X pass the three car seat challenge?
Having three children under the age of ten and under the 135cm car seat law, I need to be able to fit three car seats across the back seats and finding a car that can do this has left me increasingly frustrated.
What I did love about the seats in the Grandland X is that they had isofix guides built into them, which made transferring the car seats (a job I hate), super simple.
However, despite being a much bigger car than its sisters, there was no way I could get three car seats across the back and even attempting to squeeze a booster seat in the middle was impossible. In fact we had to resort to using our mifold car seat for Isaac so we could ensure his seatbelt was in a safe and correct position.
I was really impressed by the size of the boot as it comfortably fitted four suitcases in with ease. It also had a powered tailgate, which open by pressing the boot handle and close again using the close button on the inside of the door.
What is the Grandland X like to drive?
I found it very similar to drive to the Crossland X and despite only having a 1.2L engine, it had plenty of oomph on the motorway and on country roads.
The dashboard is laid out logically, with the controls grouped together by theme and spread over three tiers. One of the features I loved was that there are separate climate control buttons for the front passengers and heated AND cooled seats which was perfect for the warm weather we have experienced recently.
Hubby loves his in-car tech so the 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth audio streaming and Apple CarPlay was perfect for him, plus it also comes with a USB connection point and power outlet in the front and a 220-Volt power outlet behind the front seats, for those in the back.
Like the Crossland X, the Grandland X comes with Vauxhall’s OnStar concierge service, which includes online connectivity, a wi-fi hotspot for up to 7 devices and a connection to a dedicated call centre, in case you run into any problems – they can even give you directions if you get lost!
Other features I loved were the automatic windscreen wipers and lights, a speed limiting feature, which is great if you worry about exceeding the speed limit, cruise control and lane control which beeps at you if you go out of a lane without indicating. The parking camera and distance sensors make getting into, and out of, tight spaces a breeze.
For those that love a cars looks, it also features 19″ diamond-cut alloy wheels, dark tinted rear windows and LED daytime running lights.
Both Hubby and I enjoyed driving the Grandland X but I am sad to say it is not the car for us, for one simple reason – the car seat problem.
Please car manufacturers, you know the car seat laws……..make your SUV’s and family cars able to fit three car seats across the back seats!!
Disclaimer: We were sent the Vauxhall Grandland X Elite for the purpose of a review. All opinions are our own