Last year GM announced that they will no longer continue operations in South Africa as of January 2018.
Opel was one of the products being distributed by GM in South Africa and luckily Williams Hunt stepped up and took over distribution of the Opel brand here in South Africa. The Williams Hunt brand has made it clear that the Opel brand is here to stay in South Africa and that new exciting models will be released.
One of the exciting new models released recently is Opel’s Grandland X, the big brother to the Crossland X which was released by Opel last year.
The Grandland X shares it platform with the new Peugeot 3008. For those who don’t know the PSA group took over the Opel/Vauxhall brand last year and since the takeover it is clear that Opel is definitely heading in the right direction.
The Grandland X competes in one of the most competitive markets in the world which is the mid-sized SUV market. It competes with the likes of the super popular Mazda CX5, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Nissan Qashqai, Volkswagen Tiguan, Renault Kadjar and its cousin the Peugeot 3008.
So how does the Grandland X stack up ?
Well for starters the Grandland X is quite a handsome vehicle. Although there are some styling ques taken from the Peugeot 3008 (which is not a bad thing) you can definitely see the Opel DNA as well.
The Grandland X is quite a large vehicle measuring in at 4 477 mm long, 1 844 mm wide and 1 636 mm with a wheelbase of 2 675 mm.
When you step into the Grandland X you are welcomed by comfort and German built quality. If you are familiar with the Opel Astra interior you will feel right at home in the Grandland X. The seats are really very comfortable and as with all Opels it’s real easy to get into your desired driving position.
The Grandland X has loads and loads of storage space and spaces as well, legroom in front and ar the rear is great, as well as the headroom. The boot capacity is a very generous 514 litres end when you fold the rear seats down the luggage space increases to 1652 litres.
At the moment the Grandland X is only available with the award winning 1.6 litre Turbo petrol power plant from Peugeot, developing 121 kW and 240 N.m mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
On the Open road and also in town the Grandland X is very comfortable to drive, steering is a tad on the light side but overall the Grandland handles well. The power delivery has remarkable low and mid-range torque which makes it a pleasure to drive. Although it is not a high performance vehicle you do get the feeling that you will not run out of power, there is always power on tap.
Currently the Grandland X is only available in 3 trim levels: Standard, Enjoy and Cosmo.
The standard package includes: 16″ alloy wheels, cloth seats, a colour touchscreen infotainment system that’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible and has six speakers. LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, climate control, cruise control, park assistance, hill start assist and electric windows are also included, as are safety features like tyre pressure monitors, ABS brakes, stability control, and six airbags.
The Enjoy package includes: Additional to the Standard package includes leatherette bolsters for the cloth seats, 17″ alloys, lane departure warning, and a Sight-and-Light pack which includes rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlamps.
The Cosmo (Top of the Range) includes: Additional to the Standard and Enjoy pack includes a styling pack with the roof and the side door mirrors in diamond black, aluminium roof rails, and 18” alloy wheels, leather seats, a leather-covered steering wheel, blind spot alert, adaptive LED headlamps, heated seats, hands-free power tailgate, navigation, and advanced park assist that automatically guides the vehicle into a parking.
Prices starts at around R440k and goes up to around R570k
Prices include a 5-years/120 000 warranty and a 5-years/90 000 km service plan with 15 000km service intervals.
For more info visit: http://www.opel.co.za/vehicles/opel-range/cars/grandland-x/index.html