The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
With a good range of seat and steering wheel adjustment and pedals that are well aligned with the driver’s seat, most people will find it easy enough to get comfortable. You sit reasonably high, roughly in line with Nissan Qashqai drivers although the Skoda Karoq feels loftier still.
The seats are generally supportive, although there could be more side bolstering to help keep you in place around bends. 16-way adjustable ergonomic seats with lumbar support are included on all but the entry-level SE Premium trim, with Elite Nav and up adding full electric adjustment along with a heated seat and steering wheel.
More positively, the dashboard is logically laid out, with separate climate control buttons that are easy to operate; in the Peugeot 3008, you have to delve into the infotainment screen just to change the interior temperature. This can be distracting.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
You get a good forward view in the Grandland X. The shallow rear window doesn’t offer the best view backwards, but rear and front parking sensors are standard on all trim levels aside from the Business Edition Hybrids; these get only rear sensors. A rear-view camera is available only as part of a pricey option pack, although range-topping Ultimate Nav Hybrid4s get a panoramic camera as standard.
All but the SE Premium model have a system that warns you if another vehicle enters your blindspot, and bright LED headlights are standard across the range, as is an auto-dipping rear-view mirror. Adaptive LED headlights that are able to adjust their main beam output to prevent blinding other drivers are optional.
Sat nav and infotainment
The Grandland X SE Premium has a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth audio streaming as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. Opt for anything above SE Premium trim and you get a larger 8.0in touchscreen with built-in sat-nav, whose instructions are easy enough to follow.
The screen’s graphics are reasonably crisp, although not as impressive as the Karoq’s, while a solid prod of the touchscreen is required for your inputs to register. Some tasks, such as pairing your phone via Bluetooth, involve delving into sub-menus that can be a little frustrating to navigate, too. The physical shortcut buttons under the screen are a welcome touch, and there are audio controls on the steering wheel for convenience on the move.
Tactile soft-touch plastics are used on the dashboard, with gloss black and chrome-effect trim pieces to add visual interest. Higher-spec models make greater use of metallic finishes to help lift the ambience.
However, while it scores well enough for perceived quality, the Grandland X’s interior still doesn’t have the wow factor of the Peugeot 3008’s or the premium Audi Q2’s, despite starting at a similar price point. Even a cheaper Skoda Karoq feels more sumptuous for the most part.