By: Charles Molefe
The first quarter of this year has placed me in a very fortunate space, I have been able to review a number of Opel’s finest offerings, to the South African market. The latest vehicle I got to explore was the Crossland X, a quirky yet accomplished car. Entering a very competitive segment, the Crossland X certainly has a lot to do to impress. Taking on the likes of the Suzuki Vitara, Renault Captur and the popular Ford Ecosport, it is quite evident that in order to sway consumers, the high specification level will bode well for Opel.
The model I had, seemed all too familiar, come to think of it, the bigger Grandland X had a similar setup, just a lot more, plush.
The interior is one that will cater to all drivers, the seats are comfortable, the audio system is excellent and you have a host of features to play around with. The infotainment system comes equipped with Apple car play, Android auto, Auxillary, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, this time around it was a whole lot easier to pair my trusty device, this is all due to my previous experience with the Grandland X. Familiarising myself with the intellilink system was also somewhat a pleasure, I really had a good opportunity to accustom myself to it.
I’m really not a fan of onboard navigation systems, but, for once I was impressed with the Crossland’s navigation capabilities. The system is able to present a 3D view of the terrain and as a bonus will navigate you to your destination using the least congested road, this comes in very handy, especially when you are trying to identify buildings or rushing to your destination.
Not so long ago the whole concept of going digital was quite foreign to a number of us, the usual slider or the ever-efficient temperature knob was dead set as the standard across the board. The digital interface for climate control adds a touch of sophistication to the Crossland X, what stood out was, how well the dual zone climate control works, to have the ability to literally create artic conditions on the one side and have desert rivalling heat on the other, really does put a smile on my face.
Another little plus for the Crossland X is the head-up display (HUD), it is centred right in line within the drivers’ field of view. You are presented with a screen that displays vital information such as the current speed limit and most importantly your current speed, I so wish that it had additional options but as a start, I really can’t complain, it’s good to see manufacturers such as Opel introduce such technology to the market.
I really can’t get over how impressive the illumination of the road is with Opel’s vehicles, I will bravely say that they are really close to being the best in this regard, I never had an incident where I could say I needed more illumination and the fact that they are able to automatically dip and raise the beam is just a marvel.
The Crossland X is powered by a 1.2L, 3 cylinder turbocharged engine, producing 81kW and a meaty 205 Nm of torque. The sprint to the big three is claimed at 10.6 seconds and it will continue to push all the way to a top speed of north of 175 km/h.
However, what really gets me excited about this turbocharged engine is how it is able to provide you with ample power and economy all in one package. During my test period, I returned an average figure of 7.7L/100km, in any shape or form that is pretty brilliant, you will not be visiting the fuel station very often and in this economy that is a big plus.
The Crossland came equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission with the option to change gears manually by slotting the gear lever to manual mode. The transmission is pretty smooth and I fail to fathom how it could be improved. Many people may say that they prefer a manual transmission, but, in this day and age, automatic transmissions are really taking over. Personally, I really don’t mind the car finding the most efficient cog, whilst using the least amount of fuel.
My time spent with the Crossland X has me in two minds. It feels as though something is missing, it’s a lovely car, and it does so well in all aspects that I find it very difficult to place a finger on what is missing. I can’t fault it, yet I can’t rant and rave about anything in particular. Trust me, it’s not a car that will bore you whilst behind the wheel but it also won’t give you any hair-raising moments that require your best efforts.
Where it really makes up for the perceived lack of excitement is the safety aspect, filled with no less than 6 airbags you can be reassured that your safety is Opel’s greatest concern. It is more than likely that the Crossland X will be popular among the fairer sex and I see why it will work for them, it will provide you with ample space to lug around some amenities, provide satisfying comfort and will certainly separate you from the common folk.
From R 277,725 to R 375,545
- Power windows
- Cruise control
- Lane departure warning
- Park assist
- Head-Up Display
- Side Blind-Spot Alert
- Power-Folding Outside
Warranty and roadside assistance
3 years / 120 000Km
12 years unlimited km
3 years 60 000 km
Gottagged rating: 6.5 / 10