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Vauxhall Grandland X vs Peugeot 3008 vs Toyota C-HR

While a partnership between Peugeot and Vauxhall is starting to bear fruit, a British brand’s new Grandland X SUV corner try with a French organisation was indeed recognised and grown before Vauxhall was sole off to PSA Peugeot-Citroen.

That’s since Vauxhall knows it needs SUVs in a choice given a approach a marketplace is going and Peugeot already has a leader in this sector. So a Grandland X mid-size family crossover shares copiousness of a record that has done a 3008 it’s going adult opposite such a success.

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The Peugeot boasts pointy styling inside and out, nonetheless blends this with usability and an considerable spin of kit.

This is what a Grandland X will have to match. We already know it equals a 3008 underneath a bonnet. Diesel isn’t passed yet, nonetheless petrol appetite in cars such as these continues to accumulate momentum, and Vauxhall thinks this 1.2-litre Turbo will be a biggest seller in a Grandland X range.

Yet if we wish a stylish family 4×4 that doesn’t mangle a bank to run or buy (whether that’s undisguised or on PCP finance), Toyota offers a C-HR. In 1.2 turbo form it has a certification to compare a other dual here. So that gets a vote?

Vauxhall Grandland X

Vauxhall Grandland X - front

It seems as nonetheless there’s a new SUV rising each week, and a latest indication to strike a marketplace is Vauxhall’s Grandland X. We’re contrast it in renouned 1.2-litre turbo petrol form; labelled from £24,595 in Sport Nav trim, it shows off what’s on offer in a mint range.

However, given a attribute to a Peugeot, can a Grandland X kick a cousin?

Because a Grandland X shares many of a engineering with a 3008, it offers a critical spin of comfort. However, it doesn’t have a 3008’s i-Cockpit set-up, that facilities a narrow-diameter steering wheel. This means a Vauxhall isn’t utterly as flexible or discerning to spin in as a Peugeot. The light steering is also abandoned of feel, so this is really no driver’s automobile – nonetheless then, conjunction are a rivals here.

Vauxhall Grandland X - rear

What a Grandland X does offer is comparatively polished cruising, as a engine is still and a high-speed float is well-spoken on this trim level’s 18-inch alloys. However, strike a pointy strike or an enlargement joint, and a dampers onslaught to control a appetite dismissed adult by a suspension.

At low speeds a framework feels reduction staid than a Peugeot’s, and while a Vauxhall doesn’t offer a Toyota’s concentration or restraint in corners, it’s no some-more gentle in conditions where an SUV such as this spends many of a time.

However, it was a quickest automobile in a test, sprinting from 0-60mph in 10.3 seconds – three-tenths faster than a 3008 and seven-tenths adult on a C-HR. This full-throttle opening advantage wasn’t replicated during a in-gear tests, as a Grandland’s 100kg-heavier kerbweight compared with a 3008’s dulled acceleration.

Vauxhall Grandland X - interior

This was usually by a few tenths in a reduce gears between 30-50mph, while a same six-speed primer gearbox as a French competitor, that doesn’t change ratios quite quickly, meant it was usually two-tenths slower by a gears from 30-70mph, holding 10.1 seconds.

Testers’ notes: “The Vauxhall’s behind three-quarter prominence could be better, nonetheless a 360-degree breathtaking camera is usually accessible on a top-spec Ultimate model.”

Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008 - front

Given how many a dual cars share, a Peugeot 3008 is a healthy opposition for a Vauxhall. We’ve selected a 1.2 PureTech 130 indication in Allure trim (GT Line is pictured), that is somewhat cheaper during £24,565, nonetheless do we get some-more for reduction here?

The Peugeot is a best change between opening and comfort. It was indeed a fastest automobile in this test, helped by a multiple of decent appetite and torque, and a lowest kerbweight.

Peugeot 3008 - rear

This resulted in a 10.6-second 0-60mph scurry time, while it had an advantage over a rivals in-gear, highlighting a Peugeot’s additional coherence around town, as good as for overtaking.

Despite this, it’s still easily refined. As with a Grandland X, there’s a standard three-cylinder complain from underneath a bonnet, nonetheless it’s sincerely good suppressed and rather than being forward indeed gives a French indication a tiny character.

It’s corroborated adult by a softer framework set-up, that means a 3008 rolls over lumps in a highway with a good grade of fluidity. Only large bumps and potholes dissapoint a chassis, promulgation a tremble by a automobile and some kickback by a steering. However, a same is loyal of a Vauxhall, while conjunction it nor a Toyota is as stoical during normal speeds.

Peugeot 3008 - interior

The 3008 is sincerely flexible and it doesn’t take many steering submit to make a automobile change instruction due to that tiny wheel. However, a softer set-up, that delivers a decent spin of comfort many of a time, is a tiny some-more out of a abyss when it comes to agility. In a corners there’s not as many support as in, say, a Skoda Karoq, while a dampers don’t have a same absorbent peculiarity when they’re installed adult in a bend. It’s still a some-more energetic automobile than a Vauxhall, nonetheless a Toyota feels improved tied down and offers a nicer gearchange when on a twisty road. Still, given a brief for a family SUV, a 3008 is easily judged.

Testers’ notes: “If we wish an automobile you’ll have to go for this Allure trim, since it’s not accessible with GT Line. Allure’s a collect anyway – and we save £1,400 by selecting a some-more fit manual.”

Toyota CH-R

Toyota C-HR - front

Toyota competence be improved famous for a hybrids, nonetheless a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol section in this £24,065 C-HR Excel (although a cinema uncover a top-spec Dynamic model) offers a estimable choice to a Vauxhall and Peugeot. There’s copiousness of character interjection to a coupé-like pattern in an SUV body, nonetheless does it behind this adult with substance?

When we get behind a circle of a C-HR, it now feels sportier and some-more energetic than a dual EMP2-based machines it’s going adult opposite here.

Toyota C-HR - rear

The steering is easily weighted and nonetheless there’s not many tie to a front wheels, it’s easy to place a automobile where we wish on a road. It helps that there’s reduction hurl than in a rivals, while a physique transformation we do feel is improved controlled.

Toyota’s framework feels firmer than possibly a Vauxhall or Peugeot, nonetheless a damping is easily judged, so it ties a physique down good for faster cornering nonetheless still manages to take a edges off bumps smoothly, delivering a stoical and controlled, nonetheless comfortable, ride.

The car’s opening and clarity of energetic ability stems from this framework set-up rather than a engine, though. It’s down on appetite compared with a Grandland X and usually weighs 30kg less, so it was no warn that a Toyota was a slowest appurtenance during a exam track. It accelerated from 0-60mph in 11 seconds flat, while it trailed a rivals for in-gear opening as good – quite in fifth and sixth.

Toyota C-HR - interior

The engine’s appetite smoothness isn’t a smoothest, either. It doesn’t rev with many punch, while there are some conspicuous stairs and jerks in a appetite smoothness as a needle spins turn a rev counter. You have to work it tough to remove a opening that’s there, too, nonetheless during slightest that charge is done easier by a honeyed six-speed primer transmission. Compared with a crunchy and tighten movement in a rivals, that both use a same six-speed box, a Toyota section is many slicker and some-more precise.

Testers’ notes: “There’s no diesel C-HR, so if fuel economy is key, a petrol hybrid claims 72.4mpg and 87g/km CO2 in Excel trim. It’s also some-more absolute during 120bhp, nonetheless costs £2,520 extra.”

Verdict

First place: Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008 - front

The 3008 nonetheless again bags a win. Even nonetheless a Vauxhall shares a Peugeot’s underpinnings, a latter feels some-more special – a acquire commodity in a volume-led class. Its peculiarity and comfort, a tech on offer, a punchy nonetheless spare and sincerely polished engine, low using costs and a higher spin of practicality compared with a rivals.

Second place: Vauxhall Grandland X

Vauxhall Grandland X - front

The Grandland X is a fair, if mundane, bid during a family SUV. It’s unsentimental enough, atmospheric enough, quick adequate and fit adequate – nonetheless ‘enough’ does not cut it in this class. OnStar helps, nonetheless other tech and ubiquitous peculiarity aren’t as clever as a 3008’s. Nor can it compare a Peugeot for practicality. At slightest it is some-more versatile and fit than a C-HR.

Third place: Toyota C-HR

Toyota C-HR - front

Character is important, and a C-HR has bags of it. However, so does a 3008 – and a C-HR can’t compare that car’s all-round ability. The Toyota isn’t as usable, while a infotainment is some-more limited. It’s a many fun to expostulate here, and balances this with decent comfort and refinement. However, a miss of opening and potency sees it finish a tighten third.

Other options for identical money…

New: Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI SE L

Skoda Karoq - front

Price: £24,515
Engine: 1.5-litre 4cyl, 148bhp

For reduction money than a Grandland X, Skoda’s Karoq offers allied foot and cabin space with a many slicker interior, a some-more absolute engine and larger refinement. Decent financial deals finish a package.

Used: Mazda CX-5 2.0 SkyActiv-G Sport Nav

Mazda CX-5 - front

Price: £24,495
Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl, 163bhp

A new petrol-powered CX-5 is within budget, nonetheless for this cost we can buy a really easily used automobile with usually a few thousand miles, in top-spec Sport Nav trim installed with options. It’s ample and drives brilliantly, too.

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