Opel Grandland X 1.6T Cosmo AT – Full Review

Opel Grandland X 1.6T Cosmo AT – Full Review

The country is flooded by the increase of Sports Utility Vehicles, just about every car makers has thrown its hat in the mix, and it has become quite competitive and brutal. Consumers are spoilt for choice, Opel introduced the Mokka and Mokka X about 2 years ago, these did fairly well for the brand, and this was prior to GM departure from the country. Thankfully the Williams Hunt Group took the baton and is running with it. Opel as a brand has made a huge turn around; the Grandland X is part of that turn around in the product assault angle.

Visually  it has  more muscular lines, and a higher shoulder line than its SUV siblings within the Opel stable, the front is highlighted by the clam shell like design of the bonnet and the LED day time running lights, the lower bumper has chrome insert detail adding to luxury intended look of the new German addition. The grille could do with some bling though. The side profile boasts some bold lines to enhance looks, and protective cladding over wheel arches and on door detail. The 18” alloys fitted to the top of range test mule were a welcome sight; they add a sporty feel to the urban cruiser. The rear is well put together, not too clustered, the LED taillights are a nice touch, and the chrome inserts which double as fake exhaust outlets look good however I don’t quite like them, I fully understand the reasoning behind it though, all to do with emissions. Take note a lot of cars have this rear bumper detail now. The Grandland X is just under 4.5metres in length with short overhangs this makes it look beefed up especially standing at 1.636 metres tall.

Since the introduction of the latest generation Astra, I have always been in love with the interior design and feel of the latest Opels, upmarket, seamless, and superb little details like contrast stitching on the heather leather seats and steering wheel. The Grandland X benefits from the same approach with a more luxurious feel cabin, black dominates with hints of high gloss and brushed silver inserts mildly blending in. From the door panels to the dash, and that good looking centre console with the Navigation Intellilink infotainment touch screen system. The rear seats are a decent feel and offer heating feature as well (Cosmo ), the cabin is made extra airy by the optional glass panoramic , boot space is at 514 litres and can be expanded to almost 3 times the size by folding down the rear seats.

This X is powered by a 1.6L force-fed 4 cylinder engine with power going to the front wheel and mated to a six speed automated gearbox with a manual option when one chooses to do so just by flipping  the gear lever to the right. The power plant labours well to carry the SUV, the 121kw and 240nm is ample even though I was doubtful initially as the Grandland X does not look light. The delivery of torque low down is impressive, however above 5000Rpms it does seem like not much is happening, having said that , it pulls pretty well. With a ride height of 123mm you would expect some unbearable body roll, but is not the case in the range topping SUV, it is sure footed for what this is when you start pushing. The ride is balanced to offer comfort and stability. I covered just under 500kms with3/4 from the 53litre fuel tank, giving me of just over 10L/100km average.

The X Cosmo test unit was kitted to the nines with just about every conceivable feature, this made life bliss, from the 360degree view reversing camera, gesture controlled power tailgate, advanced park assist with cross traffic alert, dual zone climate control, heated and cooled front power seats, keyless entry with push start button, and a tyre pressure monitor to mention but a few. This being a family mobile safety is a priority, the X is well equipped with modern safety gear like lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition which relates to speed warning while you drive, blind spot alert and a multitude of airbags.

To conclude, The Grandland X is the brands luxury SUV offering, it has all the right ingredients to make it baring full 4X4 capacity, not that it would matter in a market driven by size, ride height and specification. Is it worth the extra cash outlay from the Mokka X, to a small degree yes; however for me it just adds a luxurious element and size over the much loved Mokka X. A diesel derivative would put it well within striking range of competition. It is a solid package worth considering.


Grandland  X AT R429 000

Grandland X Enjoy AT R465 000

Grandland X Cosmo AT R565 000

The Grandland X is backed by a 5year/90 000km, 5year/120 000km warranty and Roadside Assistance from Opel.

Thanks to Brian Hunter for the test unit.

Yours in motoring.

Wezile Lorenzio Bonani



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