The Grandland X, one other forgettably named Opel crossover, can be the beneficiary of somewhat French love. For a begin, it comes with a plug, hooked up to the identical battery-power/fossil gasoline hybrid combo supplied on a soon-to-arrive common Peugeot equal.
It’s a part of the fleet of recent plug-in hybrid crossovers silently slipping on to the shiny showroom tiles of late.
That is the largest Opel providing within the crossover market, becoming a member of the small Mokka and the mid-range Crossland. No, don’t beat your self up should you can’t recall what both of these vehicles appears like. I believe even some Opel sellers have struggled on that entrance at instances.
The excellent news for the Opel model is that it obtained the primary crack at this new hybrid set-up and for that, it will get the kudos. The facility comes from combining two electrical motors – one on every axle – with a 200bhp 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine. With greater than 100bhp from the rear axle motor, that offers you the four-wheel-drive format, whereas the entrance motor joins forces with the petrol engine to offer energy to the 2 wheels up entrance.
A front-wheel-drive model, placing out 225bhp, can be on provide.
Beneath the cabin sits a 13.2kWh battery pack that delivers a surprisingly dependable 50km or so fully-electric vary. Now the standard caveats apply, so should you rush round and race away from standing begins, the vary goes to drop. However having spent the previous couple of months seemingly driving little else however vehicles with various levels of battery energy, I admit to being very pleasantly shocked to get slightly below 50km within the vary from a single full cost; and that included 30km or so of motorway speeds. It’s all of the extra outstanding when you think about its dimension: this Grandland X hybrid4 weighs in at greater than 1,800kgs.
Of downsides, there are just a few and the cabin is the largest one. Sure, it’s spacious, however solely on a par with rivals. For the same outlay, motorists may get extra when it comes to boot house. As for the fascia and controls, within the age of high-tech widescreen shows and soft-touch plastics, there’s a bit an excessive amount of onerous black plastic. Clearly Opel egos nonetheless aren’t able to admit that the French are streets forward when it comes to their cabins, but it surely’s time to sheath their pleasure and let the French maintain sway when it comes to cabin management design.
The place Opel has at all times completed comparatively properly is in driving dynamics. The Grandland is rarely going to be an interesting drive, however it’s actually refined as an on a regular basis runaround, whereas the very fact it turns to battery energy when shifting off from a standing begin means it has a pleasant tempo off the blocks. Probably the most spectacular driving function is the steering, which feels more proficient than you may count on from such a big block of steel. Nevertheless, the legal guidelines of physics come into pressure within the corners, the place it does are likely to lean and roll. That is, in fact, a virtually two-tonne household hauler, not a sports activities coupe, in order that’s solely to be anticipated.