Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Ready when you are, Mr de Mille...

'The all-new Crossland X' says the Vauxhall website, 'raising a family and some eyebrows.'

Although the concept of a family car and SUV crossover seems unlikely at first glance, it's proved a popular market addition (think Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008). And although Vauxhall has already successfully added to the range with the Mokka X, the new Crossland is a crossover of a crossover if you like, combining space and style with a more family-friendly price-tag*.

We took one for a test drive last weekend. Charlie was immediately impressed with the in-car infotainment systems (Apple and Android compatible) and I was impressed with the drive. It's also got a decent sized boot for a weekend away:

And that (above) is without using the hidden 'under floor' storage compartment (under which is the spare wheel - yes, it has one. A real one!)

The family found it comfy to ride in and I found it easy and pleasant to drive. I've read reviews complaining about 'poor cab comfort' and 'stiff steering' but I had no problems. The steering, in fact, was among the highlights of driving and the only problem I experienced was a stiff gearbox - especially when changing down to second.

So did it raise eyebrows?

Well, it certainly raised Charlie's. Raised his inner Steven Spielberg, too, inspiring him to make his own iPhone infomercial. Ready when you are, Mr de Mille...

* Prices range from £16,555 for the Crossland X SE 1.2T 81 S&S 5-speed manual to £21,380 for the top-of-the-range Crossland X Elite Nav 1.6DT 120 S&S 6-speed manual.

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