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Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 is so quick!

Thursday, 29th October, 2020 10:18am

Opel’s Grandland X has been around for a few years already, but this year it received a major shot in the arm with the arrival of this, the plugin-hybrid Hybrid4 model. 

While you might think that the mere addition of a hybrid version wouldn’t change our view of a car, much, actually this Hybrid4 model makes for quite a different Grandland. For a start, it makes for a much, much quicker version.

While there is a more basic 225hp plugin-hybrid model, with front-wheel drive (and a significantly lower sticker price) we’re talking here about the 300hp, four-wheel drive version. That’s a lot of grunt for a family crossover, but the Opel deploys it well.

Keep it in Eco mode, and drive it gently, and you’d never know that there was a performance car lurking beneath the Grandland’s surface.

Switch it over to Sport, though, and unleash the full 300hp, and there’s a surprisingly sporty driving experience to enjoy.

There’s also the potential for some serious fuel economy. Opel claims that, if you fully charge the Grandland’s battery, you can squeeze 56km out of it, which should take care of most people’s day-to-day needs. Keep it charged pretty regularly, and there’s the potential to extract maybe as much as 1.4 litres per 100km fuel economy (that’s 202mpg!) although, more realistically, we got 5.8 litres per 100km out of it on some long motorway runs.

It’s also a well-balanced car to drive, with nice steering, and practical too, with a roomy, well-made cabin that just needs a little more visual excitement.


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