Nobody I know is a big fan of January. It’s a cold, bleak time of year that we tend to just get through rather than enjoy.
If ever there were a month in which we all need a lift then January is it. And speaking of lifts, I’ve had one both literally and figuratively courtesy of the Vauxhall Grandland X.
To showcase the key features of their brand new SUV, the people at Vauxhall challenged me to demonstrate how it can make something just a little more grand. First impressions count for a lot and I was instantly confident that it would make a big difference.
I think it’s important to get out in the fresh air as often as possible to banish the winter blues. Ordinarily, we stick to routes that are in walking distance but are fortunate to have plenty of other options nearby. The Grandland X is a great-looking vehicle so a grander backdrop was in order.
I recruited my dad in his role of Grandad – well, that helped make things a little more grand too – and we headed for the beautiful Sussex Downs. They’ve got the lot – hills, woodland, winding country lanes and, of course, the iconic Seven Sisters coastline.
Our first port of call was Butts Brow; a popular starting point for walks with stunning views of Eastbourne and the Sussex countryside. The Grandland X made light work of the unforgiving gradient and we were soon there.
Unfortunately, the view had been completely obliterated by mist! Never mind; this provided a great opportunity to test the 360° panoramic camera. Despite the low visibility and massively uneven car park we reversed into place with no fuss thanks to the guidelines it provided.
Clearly, we were going to have to head for lower ground so we zoomed off to nearby Cuckmere Haven and Friston Forest.
Despite an array of terrains and gradients, the Grandland X provided a very smooth ride. The elevated driving position must have played a part here.
We were also helped out by some other technological innovations. The forward LED lighting adapts to the environment the Grandland X is in. Going down a steep hill in foggy conditions therefore gave it a good workout. It was also reassuring to know that its driver assistance systems were keeping an eye on the road ahead.
Other cool additions include the hands-free power tailgate. You can open the boot by simply waving your foot underneath the rear bumper.
And speaking of the boot, another feature that is definitely worthy of a mention is its generous capacity. With 1,652 litres, there’s ample room. Amelie’s rather bulky pushchair often requires the temporary removal of the parcel shelf in other cars but there was no such issue here. As you can see, there was still plenty of room.
The Grandland X is also fully connected. Vauxhall OnStar provides a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot as well as a personal assistance service. It can be used, among other things, to book parking or hotels in advance with the details sent to the Sat Nav. In addition, it’s Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay compatible.
There’s plenty of space inside as well as comfortable, adjustable seating. The fact that the seats can be heated was very welcome. Similarly, the windscreen and steering wheel are heated and these all came into play on the cold, foggy day we spent with the Grandland X.
In summary, the Vauxhall Grandland X is a car that oozes elegance and power in equal measure.
Its performance matches its appearance – it looked ready for anything it encountered and so it proved. Its impressive range of technical innovations serve to make life easier at every turn too.
So did the Vauxhall Grandland X make our day out just a little more grand? Absolutely. Despite the weather, we had a lovely time enjoying the great outdoors in style and comfort.
The Vauxhall Grandland X has a starting RRP of £16,555 on the road.
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.