Essentially a re-engineered version of the latest Peugeot 3008, the Opel Grandland X is a front-wheel drive compact crossover.
This means that, despite the generous ground clearance, customers will have to make do without all-wheel drive, low-range gearbox, long-travel suspension and other features that come with classic off-roaders.
For the most part, that’s quite okay, given that crossover buyers don’t really want to leave the comfort of tarmac anyway, but the company wants to portray it as not being afraid to leave the beaten track.
Instead of AWD, Opel’s SUV has the Grip Control system that adjusts traction and stability according to the surface, but still, it’s not the kind of ride you want to be sitting in on a muddy course. Even if you do, you probably won’t be smiling the whole time, like the young woman driving the Grandland X in the following video.
And with a starting price of €24,000 ($28,032) in Germany and £22,755 ($30,274) in the United Kingdom, the spiritual successor of the Opel Antara (remember that one?) is not exactly a bargain. The Nissan Qashqai is more affordable in base form, but pay more, and you’ll get an all-wheel drive system, too.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for a small SUV with good off-road credentials, and are willing to trade comfort and more powerful engines along the way, then perhaps the new Suzuki Jimny is the ride for you.