Used Vauxhall Crossland X Review (2017-2020) MK1

Independent review by Peter Hayward from Driving Force

4-minute read

Vauxhall Crossland X Exterior Front

Vauxhall Crossland X (2017-2020)

The Vauxhall Crossland X is sure to tick boxes for those looking for a small yet spacious SUV with plenty of desirable gadgets and safety features

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  • Spacious
  • Affordable to run
  • Well-equipped as standard
  • Uncomfortable over some surfaces
  • Body leans around corners
  • Rivals are more eye-catching
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What's the Vauxhall Crossland X like?

Vauxhall's Crossland X built until 2020 is a high riding small crossover competing with the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke.

And like the vast majority of other 4x4 lookalikes, it’s only available with front-wheel drive - so despite that raised suspension it's not capable of much off-road.

It’s the smallest Vauxhall SUV, in a stable of three that also includes the Mokka X and the Grandland X, and all three look very similar.

The Crossland X makes a very good family holdall for four or occasionally five, with some models having adjustable rear legroom at the expense of some boot space.

Practicality and Driving Experience

It’s taller than a standard hatch of course, giving a good view all around on the move, and making it easier for many people to get in and out.
Peter Hayward

But it must be said that it also leans a good deal in the corners, which, combined with that high driving position, can be rather disconcerting until you get used to it.

Despite the roll, which does not instil confidence, it handles safely and well through a series of corners, with informative steering and plenty of grip.

The ride is good much of the time, but it does feel many of the imperfections in the road surface – something we are plagued with wherever we drive these days.

Start/stop is standard to save fuel and reduce emissions, but I had to turn it off on one trip in traffic, because it let me down by failing to start again quickly enough.


There are three engine sizes to choose from with seven different power outputs, and the more powerful units are only available at upper trim levels.

The base petrol unit is the well-known 1.2-litre 3-cylinder with 82bhp, but this is hardly enough to haul it around, giving slow acceleration but good economy of 55mpg.

Then there are two turbocharged versions of the same engine with 110bhp and 130bhp respectively, each of which is similarly economical - as long as you keep your foot off the accelerator.

The 110bhp reaches 60mph in a decent 10.3 seconds, while the 130bhp brings that down to a quick 8.8 seconds.

On the diesel front, there have been 1.6-litre and later 1.5-litre power units. The lower-powered 1.6-litre has 100bhp and is rated at an excellent 78mpg. It takes 11.6 seconds to get to 60mph, while the 120bhp version takes 9.6 seconds and can do 59mpg.

The later 1.5-litre choices are 102bhp, or 120bhp with a standard automatic gearbox. The 102bhp sprint takes 11.3 seconds while the 120bhp brings that down to 9.6 seconds, and economy is 70mpg or 59mpg respectively.

The most popular engine you’re likely to find in a used Crossland X is the best-selling 1.2-litre with 110bhp.

The 3-cylinder is smooth and quiet at almost all speeds, and full of verve in answer to a prod of the right foot.

It picks up beautifully from low revs in the bottom five gears, but is sixth gear, tends to rumble a little if asked for power too low down.


Latterly there were just five well-equipped trim levels - Griffin, Business Edition Nav, Elite, SRI Nav, and Elite Nav.

Even the lowest Griffin comes with a 7-inch colour touchscreen, Bluetooth, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, air conditioning, and cruise control.

Business Edition Nav adds a wider 8-inch touch screen, voice control, sat nav, and two USB ports, while Elite includes special alloys, ambient interior lighting, parking sensors, alarm and a multi-level boot floor.

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Ideal for families, the reliable Vauxhall Crossland X boasts an array of safety features and equipment, so you'll never be in for a dull drive. When getting behind the wheel, drivers can enjoy the high driving position of the Crossland X while still being able to navigate those tricky city streets, thanks to its compact size and informative steering.