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Vauxhall Grandland Preview

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We've had a poke around the new Vauxhall Grandland Electric... Is this big, long range electric SUV worthy of being your next family car?

  • Battery size: 73- 98 kWh
  • Battery warranty: 8 years/100,000 miles
  • Range: 325 - 435 miles
  • Charging speed: 160kW

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  • Battery size: 73- 98 kWh
  • Battery warranty: 8 years/100,000 miles
  • Range: 325 - 435 miles
  • Charging speed: 160kW

Ginny Says

“I'll have to wait and see the Grandland myself, before I make a final judgement, as it looks a little bit 'magnolia' to me, from our first look around it. Still, I really like Vauxhall's design language, so maybe this one will grow on me. ”

Vicky Says

“I like brown cars. Brown used to be really fashionable back in the '70s, and was even something of a Vauxhall speciality. I'm rather pleased to see it make a comeback, here.”

Reviewed by 

Vicky Parrott

22 Apr 2024

Vauxhall has promised us an electric version of all of its models, and here’s the last one to receive the treatment. The Vauxhall Grandland is the brand’s large, five-seat family SUV, and this all-new version gets a choice of petrol, plug-in hybrid or pure electric. 

The plug-in hybrid Vauxhall Grandland will offer a range of 53 electric miles before its petrol engine takes over, but we’ll be focussing on the electric version here, which gets a choice of two batteries – a 73- or 98kWh big battery for a WLTP range of up to 325- or 435-miles respectively. That smaller battery version will get front-wheel drive and a 207bhp electric motor, while the bigger battery Grandland Long Range gets four-wheel drive courtesy of its dual electric motors, and 321bhp. 

If all of this sounds familiar, that’s probably because the Vauxhall Grandland Electric uses the same key mechanical bits as the Peugeot E-3008 – including the ‘STLA Medium’ platform, the lithium-ion battery packs and the motors. Both are owned by car-making giant Stellantis, which also owns Citroen, DS, Fiat and Alfa, you’ll see lots of parts-sharing across all of the brands.

Styling and dimensions

The Vauxhall Grandland Electric comes in at 4.65-metres long and just under 1.7-metres tall, which makes it a bit chunkier than the Peugeot E-3008 and VW ID.4, spot on for the Skoda Enyaq and only a touch smaller than the Tesla Model Y, for instance. 

You can’t miss the ‘3D Vizor’ on the new Grandland, which sounds like some sort of superhero’s helmet but is, in fact, what Vauxhall calls the gloss insert in the fascia of its cars where you’d expect the grille to be. In the Grandland’s instance, it also gets a backlit Vauxhall logo, as well as what’s said to be industry-leading ‘Intelli-Lux Pixel Matrix HD headlights’. These headlights give you maintain high-beam illumination at night without dazzling oncoming traffic, as the car automatically senses other cars and partially dims the headlights. Which is nothing new in modern cars, but these headlights get 51,200 elements so that they should give even better illumination as well as better reactions to avoid blinding other road users. 

You’ll also notice the company’s new ‘Compass’ design language, which means that you get a hot-cross bun effect on the headlight design. Tasty.


There’s no seven-seat option in the Vauxhall Grandland, which is a shame, as that would give it something of an advantage over a lot of its rivals. You’ll have to look to the Peugeot E-5008 or Mercedes EQB for seven-seat electric cars at around this price, then, or find the money for the Kia EV9. 

Still, it is spacious, with over 20mm more legroom in the back than the outgoing Grandland, and the back seats also fold in a 40/20/40 split; useful, as it means that you can just drop the middle section of the seat-back, if you need to get the skis in the car while still carrying four people. 

Up front, there’s a huge 16-inch touchscreen display that includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, not to mention ChatGPT and the option of a head-up display in addition to the digital driver’s readout. Thankfully, there are also some physical buttons retained for essential functions.

Boot space

Given the size of the new Grandland, you’d expect a pretty massive boot – and you won’t be disappointed. There’s a healthy 550-litres behind those rear seats, and it extends to 1,641 litres if you drop the seats, which is only a fraction behind the Skoda Enyaq. There’s no ‘frunk’ for storing your cables, unfortunately, but there is underfloor storage.  

Battery, charging and range

The 73kWh battery, with its single 207bhp motor, manages a range of around 325 miles, while the bigger 98kWh battery gets an impressive WLTP range of up to 435-miles – despite having four-wheel drive and 321bhp respectively. The 0-62mph times haven’t yet been confirmed, but expect roughly 8.7 seconds for the lower powered car, and around 7 seconds for the dual motor. 

Rapid charging is up to 160kW, which will get a 10-80% charge in around 26 minutes, or a 100-mile top-up in about 15 minutes.  

A 7kW home charger will deliver a full charge from nearly empty in 12- to 15 hours.

Price and equipment

Prices haven’t been confirmed yet, but expect the Vauxhall Grandland Electric to cost from around £40,000 and up, putting it in contention with the Renault Scenic E-Tech, as well as the Peugeot E-3008, Skoda Enyaq and Tesla Model Y. 


The Vauxhall Grandland has the potential to be a really great electric family car, especially with that long range option on offer. Mind you, we’re a little underwhelmed by how it looks, and it does seem to be struggling to offer any unique selling point given the plethora of competition. Still, we’ll hold final judgement until we’ve driven it; for now, it’s very brown, and has a great driving range, so if it drives nicely and comes with the right finance deals it could be a winner. 

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