Good but not so great crossover
“The Grandland X looks like its cousin the Peugeot 3008, but the most important components of the Grandland X are very specific to it”
“Sporty design and rugged off-road looks”
“German marque offers Grandland X in a very busy and competitive crossover/SUV segment. Will it stand a chance against its rivals?” said Issam.
Back in the days and specifically to our parents’ generation in Lebanon, Opel was something. I recall my father telling me that he used to own an Opel Rekord E in the 80s and few of his friends used to drive the Opel Kadett D. It was an amazing era at that time, probably the golden age in Lebanon. Indeed, Opel was something very distinguished to every single family in Beirut.
What about our days now? Well, the dealer has recently changed; ANBoukhater is Opel’s official distributor. I can only say that I do expect a promising future for the brand within the new dealership after I given the Opel Grandland X to test during a pretty long weekend. Let’s see how was the outcome.
The Opel Grandland X is a Compact Crossover SUV that was officially unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show last year. Its whole concept is designed especially for small families searching for practicality, quality and high-tech features.
In terms of design and styling, the model takes its design cues from its sibling the Astra hatch, with a similar front end including LED daytime running lights. The side profile includes a narrow glasshouse with a shark fin-like C-pillar design significant of the Citroen DS3. The rear side features LED tail lights as the typical boomerang design we saw already on the Astra.
Grandland X is available at ANBoukhater with only one engine option: 1.6-liter turbocharged, which is essentially the same engine bloc used in the Peugeot 3008 and is good for 164hp and 240Nm to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission, which is the only transmission available too.
How does it drive? Well nothing really special about it. Nonetheless, the Grandland X is a comfortably perfect cruise car at highway speeds and gives you superior comfort. There is a bit of wind noise as the speed increases, but nothing to bother you that much. The whole cabin is spacious from front legroom, to rear legroom and even the headroom so mainly nothing to worry about.
The Grandland X is a modern SUV with an exceptional presence and a bold design that looks compact, sporty and muscular. Opel has really improved its design philosophy to create an SUV which combines both sportiness and elegance to make it an eye-catcher in its segment. My only concern in the Lebanese market is that the brand has been absent for few years. However, everything can be back on the right track if the dealer puts the right price on the model to face competitors and gives back Opel the brand equity it used to have in the old days. Check out the recently inaugurated showroom in Hazmieh and request your test drive.
Pros: Comfortable ride, spacious interior, attractive front lights
Cons: Central console design, price tag has to be competitive, 4WD option not available
Rivals: Mazda CX-5, Honda CRV, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV4, Nissan X-Trail, Ford Escape, GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Equinox
3 / 5 stars
One word: good not great
1.6-liter turbocharged, 4-cylinders, 160 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 240 Nm @ 1,750 rpm
6-speed automatic, FWD
0-100 kph: 8 secs, top speed: 222 kph, fuel consumption: 8.8 l/100km
Weight: 1,425 kg