2019 Vauxhall Crossland X. In a break from tradition, the firm’s bestowed the new car with chunky off-road styling in a bid to tempt family buyers. While it might look taller and chunkier, the Crossland X is still very much an on-road car with no four-wheel drive option, a nimble turning circle and a practical cabin. It originally made its world debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March. 2019 Vauxhall Crossland X is an important SUV for Vauxhall and will sit alongside the Mokka X and be joined by the new larger Crossland X later in the year. Vauxhall is hoping that the crossover can be a competitor in the burgeoning SUV market. Due to the fact that this segment could become over-saturated, the Crossland X needs to stand out be a success.
If you’re familiar with Vauxhall’s recent models especially the Mokka X SUV you won’t find many surprises in the way the Crossland X looks. It features a similar seven-sided grille to the Mokka X flanked by similarly piercing headlights with angular LED daytime running lights. The roof can be optionally finished in a contrasting colour to the rest of the bodywork. Combined with the chrome detailing running above the side windows, this gives the impression of a ‘floating roof’ similar to Vauxhall’s Adam super mini. A deeply sculpted panel on the side helps break up the metalwork and make the car look squatter than it is. Again, those familiar with recent Vauxhall interiors will feel at home in the 2019 Vauxhall Crossland X.
A fairly simple centre console is dominated by the infotainment screen while physical heating and ventilation controls below it will make changing the climate control easy on the move. Promisingly, Vauxhall’s OnStar virtual assistant and WiFi hotspot will be standard across the range. One advantage of moving from an MPV to an SUV body style is the raised driving position that gives you a more commanding view of the road ahead. Equally, the raised body means the seat bases are closer to your hips, making it easier to fit child seats or for elderly people to lower themselves into the car. For enhanced practicality, the rear seats slide on rails to either maximise rear leg room or give the most possible boot space.
When slid fully forward the 2019 Vauxhall Crossland X has a 520-litre boot 143 litres larger than the Renault Captur and 104 litres larger than the Skoda Yeti. If the driving experience of the most recent Vauxhalls is anything to go on, the Crossland X should handle well hopefully striking the same pleasing balance between comfort and control as the Astra hatchback. Considering Vauxhall is pitching this as more on-road focused than the similarly sized Mokka X, four-wheel drive will not be offered, while the Crossland X rides 70mm lower and has smaller alloy wheels.
The entry-level SE trim is available from just £16,555 on-the-road, with a 1.2i (81PS) petrol engine and five-speed manual transmission. The top of the range model is the six-speed manual 1.6CDTi (120PS) S/S diesel in Elite Nav trim, available from £21,380 on-the-road. Available with several 1.2i-litre petrol engines, the 2019 Vauxhall Crossland X offers a choice of five-speed or six-speed manual transmissions, or a six-speed automatic gearbox. The 1.2i S/S (130PS), with six-speed manual transmission, is available from just £18,290 on-the-road in the generous Tech Line Nav trim. For drivers preferring a diesel engine, the 1.6 Turbo D ECOTEC S/S (99PS) with manual transmission is the most economical in the range, with CO2 emissions of 93g/km. The diesel range is also available with the more powerful 1.6 Turbo D S/S (120PS) engine that, when coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox, has CO2 emissions of just 105g/km. It is available from just £19,575 in Techline Nav specification.
2019 Vauxhall Crossland X starting in SE trim from £18,715 on-the-road, the frugal engine is available at all trim levels.