The Opel Crossland X is a new addition to the Opel lineup in collaboration with their new owners PSA.
According to Opel, the Crossland X is an “all-new crossover model launched into booming SUV segment”. Some of its direct rivals are the Nissan Qashqai, Ford EcoSport, Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 (which the Crossland X is based upon), and will be joined a bit later by the Toyota Rav4-sized Grandland X to be launched early 2018 in South Africa.
It’s available here in SA in a range of four models:
An entry level option fitted with a naturally aspirated 1.2 engine producing 60kW and 118Nm mated to a manual 5spd gearbox. Further there are also the Enjoy and Cosmo trim levels. The Enjoy and Cosmo spec’s get a 1.2 Turbo Petrol engine good for a healthy 81kW and 205Nm, however only the Cosmo is available with a 6spd automatic transmission option.
The Crossland X has a high degree of practicality and flexibility. It also features a “floating” roof via the clever use of blacked-out pillars which I personally like. It measures in at 4212mm in length, 1765mm wide with a 410litre boot. It is basically a similar size to the Mokka X.
So you would ask yourself why Opel now has two vehicles in the same segment? The answer is easy: The Mokka X was developed by Opel and is older tech, the Crossland X was developed in conjunction with Peugeot (Opel’s new owners) and also shares the Peugeot 2008 engines. This is definitely a good thing as Peugeot engines are quite reliable.
The ride height in the Crossland X is reasonably high and visibility is great all-round, however the blind spots towards the rear are a bit larger than usual but not really a problem.
The interior of the Crossland looks and feels much like the rest of the Opel family and has a quality feel to it. Leg and headroom is generous and you can also slide the rear seat to create more leg room. With all this said the Crossland X makes for a great compact family car.
The suspension of the Crossland is slightly firm which adds to a bit of a sporty drive. Road holding is great with minimal body-roll. Even though the ride is a bit firm, it is still comfortable for short and long trips.
All the Crossland models are well equipped which means all models come standard with LED daytime running lights, auto headlights, traffic sign recognition, hill hold assist, cruise control, touchscreen radio with Bluetooth, USB to name a few. The Enjoy and Cosmo trim levels adds a few more goodies.
All models include a five year or 120 000km warranty and three-year or 60 000km service plan. Service intervals are 15 000km or twelve months.
The Opel Crossland X is practical and comfortable with good ride quality and is a great addition to the Opel family. This segment of the marker is really booming and I am sure the launch of the Crossland X would have a positive effect on sales figures for the Opel Brand in SA. With PSA in control I am sure will see more and more exciting offerings from Opel in the future.