First Opel / Vauxhall Crossland X Review Drops Mixed Signals

If you’re looking for a new 2017-built rival to the likes of the Renault Captur, Nissan Juke or the Peugeot 2008, Opel/Vauxhall’s Crossland X will probably be on your shortlist.

This car is basically the successor to the Meriva, which was more of a small MPV rather than a crossover, although as Carbuyer’s James Batchelor points out, the Crossland X still looks more like a mini-MPV than a small SUV.

Inside, the Crossland X looks relatively modern and has some nice soft-touch plastics here and there, yet the reviewer feels that the materials are just “OK”.

What’s impressive about this car’s interior is just how roomy it is. The reviewer is just over 5’10 (around 1.78 m) and has plenty of knee, head and shoulder room in the back, and this includes the middle portion of the backseat.

On the road, the Crossland X is found to be surprisingly relaxing to drive, although he does take some points off for wind and cabin noise. In terms of engines, the two punchiest versions of the 1.2-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol unit, specifically the 108 HP and 128 HP versions are the best choice here.

As for styling, since it’s always a subjective matter, it will come down to the buyer as to whether or not they’re interested in owning a Crossland X over more sleeker-looking alternatives, like the Renault Captur.

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  • Jp

    I agree with the styling comments. This car looks more than an MPV. It’s surprising considering it’s based on the 2008 platform. Considering most buyers tend to go from mini MPVs to mini SUVs because of looks, I am pretty worried about this car’s public reception… :-/

    • emjayay

      Maybe there are enough who care more about litres and cms and less about looking fashionable to make it a success. It definitively looks a lot less MPV-like than the Meriva, plus normal rear opening rear doors. I’m pretty sure anyone would quickly train themselves to manage a button on top of the brake lever, but the wind noise thing isn’t good.

      • Jp

        The unsuccess previous-gen Meriva, the end of the Renault Modus, C3 Picasso, and the failing Fiat 500L should give you an idea. 😉

        • emjayay

          Yes, and the Espace turning from tall spaceship to something more SUV-like and much slicker, etc. But sad and stupid (the buyers I mean) anyway.

  • emjayay

    I wonder if it was already going to be on the Peugeot platform. It seems a little too fast to have been designed after the sale (which never made sense to me since Buicks in the US and China and GM vehicles elsewhere were mostly Opels.)

    • Jp

      This car has been engineered since 2012 on the Peugeot platform.

      • emjayay

        I didn’t realize how much they were already cooperating. All the rebadged Buick/Opels are on GM platforms shared by Chevy equivalents.

        • Jp

          GM bought a small stake of PSA back in 2012, and they collaborated until 2013 when GM decided to sell the stock abruptly. But a few projects remained alive, including 3 Opel/Vauxhall vehicles. I think it is with this partnership that both companies realized the synergies the could do if they were just one entity. That, and the fact that GM wanted to get rid of Opel for a few years…

          Most shared platforms are engineered in Germany by Opel engineers. From now on, any new Opel/Vauxhall projects will rely on PSA platforms (built by Opel, Peugeot and Citroen), and GM will need to engineer Buick/Chevy platforms themselves.

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