Vauxhall ……… not a brand of car I’ve ever owned myself but a very popular brand non the less! My grandad has a Vauxhall Astra which he’s had for a long time and it’s always served him very well.
When Vauxhall got in touch with me to see whether I’d be interested in test driving one of their cars, I was intrigued! Partly because I’ve never had a Vauxhall but partly because I’ve heard of the Grandland X before and heard brilliant things about it.
This was the perfect opportunity to try it out, to see if the things I’ve heard were true!
Before getting into my thoughts on this car, I have to say that I’m no expert but one thing I do know, is a good car when I get the chance to drive one!
This car has a bit of everything, safety, space, performance, flexibility amongst other things.
Excellent Safety Features
I have to start with the one thing I focus on most ….. safety.
Having three children, safety is a crucial aspect when it comes to choosing the perfect car. That’s why the Grandland X would be a good choice because it has all the modern safety features.
It comes equipped with what Vauxhall call the ‘Safety Pack’ which consists of the following:
- Driver drowsiness system
- Forward collision alert
- Automatic emergency braking
- Lane assist
Whilst test driving the car, I didn’t get the chance to witness these features in action but knowing they were there made me feel safe and more importantly made me comfortable enough to know my kids were safe!
The Grandland X is a luxurious and very comfortable car. The front seats are ergonomic which makes them really comfortable, especially important for those longer journeys.
One aspect that I absolutely love about the car is that the seats are heated, something that I’ve not had the chance to experience before. The steering wheel is also heated which is a revelation to me!
I went out on a cold morning while I had the car and these two features were a god send, my hands were freezing and the steering wheel soon brought them back to life!
This Car Isn’t Shy
Another thing that is important to me when looking for a car, is the performance. Ensuring the car is family friendly is crucial but at the same time, I need to have something with a good kick.
The Grandland X is definitely not shy when it comes to performance. It’s a smooth looking car and very comfortable but vicious at the same time!
The car I test drove had a 1.5 litre engine with Turbo which gave it that extra edge. The acceleration was great and the steering was effortless!
You may be thinking that with Turbo present the MPG isn’t great …. but you’d be wrong!
The Grandland X has an average MPG of between 48 and 53 which makes this car very efficient, which is good for your wallet!
I could mention all the other features this car has but I have to highlight the ones I thought were very useful or just cool!
One of those is the panoramic roof which not only did I love, my kids did too!
Another really useful feature occurs when putting the car into reverse. The side mirrors move so you can see more of the floor which is really cool! Also there is a reversing camera that appears on the screen.https://workingdaddy.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/img_6141.mov https://workingdaddy.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/img_6140.mov
There was one element that slightly annoyed me, which was the automatic windscreen wipers. When I turned them on it started well, it was only raining slightly and the wipers only moved every few seconds which was great.
When it started to rain more the wipers sped up as expected. The rain slowed again, but the wipers didn’t which was slightly frustrating. This was only a slight issue and wouldn’t put me off the car!
This is definitely a car that’s family friendly! It has plenty of space in the back where we managed to fit our three car seats with room to spare!
The boot was a good size but to be very honest, it wasn’t quite big enough for us. We had to take the parcel shelf out to fit the double pushchair in. But once the parcel shelf was out, we did manage okay so it wouldn’t put us off buying this car!
There is a central lock button at the front of the car so I could ensure all doors and windows were locked, making sure my kids wondering hands wouldn’t accidentally open the doors or windows.
To bring my thoughts to a close …… I would honestly go out and buy this car if I had the money to do so! It has everything I love in a car. If you’re looking for your next family car, I have no doubt that the Grandland X should be on your shortlist. It is definitely worth a test drive!