The Vauxhall Grandland X Plug-In Hybrid SUV: The Complete Guide

The Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV

Overview


Vauxhall Motors is part of the Netherlands based Stellantis N.V., which was formed by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Italian/ American) and Groupe PSA (French). You may not be familiar with these names, but the automotive brands in the portfolio would be well known to most consumers. These include: Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, Jeep, FIAT, Alfa Romeo etc. The Vauxhall electric vehicle (EV) portfolio includes both, battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) models:



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The Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV SUV


Vauxhall (Opel) Grandland SUV was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017. The SUV went on sale in 2018. The Grandland X PHEV SUV is the first plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) from Vauxhall. The e-SUV is available in either a front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) variant. The AWD is also referred to as Grandland X Hybrid4. PHEVs are perfect for individuals and families:

  • Keen to take a step towards lower emission and environment-friendly driving.
  • Need a vehicle for extensive and regular long-distance travelling.
  • Have limited access to private or public EV charging stations.
  • Do a number of short commutes (30 miles and below) on a regular basis.
  • Keen to save money.

It is a widely known fact, in that, the average distance of a trip in the UK is a mere 12 miles. An average vehicle in the UK will travel between 8k and 10k miles per annum i.e. less than 30 miles per day. The newest eco-friendly PHEVs on the market will average between 20 to 30 zero-emission electric miles on a fully-charged EV battery. In most plug-in electric cars the EV battery will be below 15 kWh in capacity.

The Vauxhall plug-in electric SUV has a 13.2 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 35 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the e-SUV, expect a real world range closer to 30 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV
The Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV (credit: Vauxhall)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol/Electric (1.6 (225PS) Direct Injection Turbo/ Electric FWD and 1.6 (300PS) Direct Injection Turbo/ Electric AWD)
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
1.6 (225PS) Direct Injection Turbo/ Electric FWD (from £33,260): Business Edition Nav, Business Edition Nav Premium, Elite Nav
1.6 (300PS) Direct Injection Turbo/ Electric AWD (from £36,200): Business Edition Nav, Business Edition Nav Premium, Elite Nav

PROSCONS
Practical and spacious7.2kW on board charger not standard (£500 including VAT)
Family-friendlyLimited electric range
Cheap to drive on electric modeInfotainment system could be improved

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (13.2 kWh)
Charging:DC Rapid Charging not available (on board charger: 3.7kW AC as standard. 7.4kW AC optional)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:40.6g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:8 years/100,000 miles/70% capacity

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh£1.27
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh£1.67
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh£1.73
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh£1.89
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh£2.03
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)

Dimensions
Height (mm):1609
Width (mm):1856
Length (mm):4477
Wheelbase (mm):2675

1.6 (225PS) Direct Injection Turbo/ Electric FWD
EV Battery Capacity:13.2 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):34 miles
Fuel Consumption (mpg):192 miles (combined)
EV Operation Efficiency (kWh/100km):16.1 kWh
Charging:DC Rapid Charging not available (on board charger: 3.7kW AC as standard. 7.4kW AC optional)
Top Speed:140 mph (on pure electric mode: 84 mph)
0-60 mph:8.6 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (HP):180 (combined: 225 HP)
Torque (Nm):300
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,735
Colours:7

1.6 (300PS) Direct Injection Turbo/ Electric AWD
EV Battery Capacity:13.2 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):35 miles
Fuel Consumption (mpg):204 miles (combined)
EV Operation Efficiency (kWh/100km):15.9 kWh
Charging:DC Rapid Charging not available (on board charger: 3.7kW AC as standard. 7.4kW AC optional)
Top Speed:146 mph (on pure electric mode: 84 mph)
0-60 mph:5.9 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (HP):200 (combined: 300 HP)
Torque (Nm):300
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,800
Colours:7

The Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV
The Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV (credit: Vauxhall)

The Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV
The Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV (credit: Vauxhall)

The Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV
The Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV (credit: Vauxhall)

The Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV
The Vauxhall Grandland X PHEV (credit: Vauxhall)

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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