Interior design and technology – Vauxhall Grandland

Inside story

Grandland includes Vauxhall’s Pure Panel digital instrument display. An integrated display contains both the digital instrument panel and the central touchscreen. The design helps reduce the need for multiple buttons and controls, so drivers can maintain their concentration on the road.

The Pure Panel is available in two sizes, depending on the trim level. The entry-level versions feature a 7-inch digital instrument panel with a 7-inch central touchscreen. Premium versions have a 12-inch digital instrument panel and a 10-inch central color touchscreen. The central vents have been merged into one on the center console, giving the dashboard a sleek appearance.

The rest of the cabin is wrapped in a rich mix of materials, brushed chrome accents and plenty of hi-tech equipment. The luxurious textile covers the door card inserts, the headliner, the windshield pillars and the dashboard inlay. There are also electric and heated exterior mirrors and an (optional) panoramic roof.

The 60:40 folding rear seat features a ski hatch that allows long items to be loaded through the center seat without having to fold down both sides of the rear row. A removable hard boot cover protects items in the trunk from view and acts as a shelf for smaller items.

Other hollow holes include a decent-sized glove box and space under the center armrest, deep enough for a water bottle. There are two cup holders in the front, while the center console converts into a convenient 1.7-litre storage compartment. A sunglasses holder near the interior mirror provides additional functionality and even more storage space is provided by the relatively narrow front and rear doors.

Further to the rear, a hands-free power tailgate provides easy access to the luggage compartment, which offers 514 liters of space in petrol and diesel variants, expandable to 1,652 liters when the rear seats are folded down. Plug-in Hybrid-e variants have a luggage compartment of 390 liters, which can be expanded to 1,528 liters when the rear seats are folded down.

Seats

The front seats are certified by AGR (Aktion Gesunder Rücken or ‘Campaign for Healthier Backs’) and support good posture. The ergonomic seat designs are unique in the segment and offer a range of adjustments and electro-pneumatic lumbar support.

Three trim levels are available for the Grandland petrol and diesel versions (Design, GS Line and Ultimate) and two trim levels for the PHEV (GS Line and Ultimate). Design variants include black cloth seats and black cloth side bolsters. GS Line models come with black cloth seats with premium leather effect side bolsters, while Ultimate variants have black Alcantara seat trim inserts and black premium effect side bolsters.

Heated windshield

Way back in the 1980s, some automakers discovered the advantage of laminated glass as a way to introduce new functionalities into glass. It started with antennas: a fine metal wire was embedded in the PVB using a heated needle for final lamination and provided radio reception through the windshield. Shortly afterwards, the defrost system was installed in the rear window by means of heating wires. A system similar to the antennas was used to embed tiny tungsten wires into the PVB, allowing the vehicle manufacturer to provide an aesthetic solution to defrosting the rear window. Mercedes-Benz was the first user of this technology to eventually migrate to the windscreen. Opel also offers heated windscreen technology on several models, including Grandland.

Other comfort and convenience features include dual-zone climate control, rain-sensitive wipers, power front and side windows and a frameless, auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Infotainment and connectivity

In terms of connectivity, all Grandland models come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio, hands-free calling via the steering wheel and SMS read-and-answer functionality.

Via Vauxhall PureConnect, the navigation system provides real-time traffic updates and route adjustments. Live Navigation Plus services available through Vauxhall Connect provide drivers with additional information including fuel prices and nearby charging locations, local weather forecasts and parking information while on the road. Vauxhall Connect SOS is also part of the PureConnect system, where the SOS e-call technology automatically alerts emergency services in the event of an accident. Opel Connect SOS can be activated manually by pressing the button near the rear-view mirror.

The central touchscreen also displays important information about the electric powertrain, including a ‘powerflow display’ to give the driver insight into the charge status and the distribution of energy from the engine and battery. The e-Save feature allows drivers to specify a level of battery capacity to be maintained while driving so that they can complete a later leg of the journey. Drivers can access remote functions via their smartphone, such as locking and unlocking the car, or preparing the interior.

A wireless smartphone charging tray is located on the underside of the center console. USB connections are also available for both front and rear passengers and the rear of the center console is available with a 230V outlet to charge mobile devices.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

The front features a single smooth panel that runs between the LED headlights. It houses the new Griffin logo, sensors and radar for the driver assistance technologies. Through PureSense, the Grandland comes with a range of advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technologies, including Automatic City Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Speed ​​Limiter, Forward Collision Alert, Speed ​​Sign Recognition, Driver Sleepiness Alert, Blind Spot Alert on the side, front and rear parking sensors, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keeping Assist, reversing camera and night vision.

On the road

The Grandland is built on Vauxhall’s Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2) – a multi-energy platform that supports electrification as well as petrol and diesel engines, which are produced on the same line at the Eisenach plant. Drivers can choose between petrol, diesel or plug-in Hybrid-e powertrains. Plug-in Hybrid e models can travel up to 63 miles in all-electric mode.

On balance, the PHEV-e GS Line that we have expanded comes with a generous list of standard equipment, smart safety technology and an intuitive infotainment system. Its comfortable handling is partly due to NVH refinements, suspension tuning and a cabin filled with dense, soft materials. Rival models include Kia Sportage, Nissan Qashqai and Peugeot 3008.

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