All roads in sight - driving report Opel Crossland

When the Opel Crossland X, the first joint child of PSA and Opel, succeeded the Meriva, it was 2017. The popular mix of minivan and SUV, which was sold almost 80 times in Germany alone, is now following his Revision without an X in the name, but with a new front look, modified chassis and adjusted steering. Autohub has taken the Rüsselsheim crossover under the microscope.

With the brand visor over the front 

At a time when masks are of particular importance, Opel has put the new brand-typical “visor” over the front of its Crossland after the mocha. The slotted headlights on both sides of the extremely narrow radiator grille sparkle challengingly as if out of a cast-iron armor. The minivan, built in Spain, with the front and rear centered Opel flash and the dark-tinted taillights in the Opel light design, distances itself from the identical PSA brothers Peugeot 2008 and Citroen C3 Aircross.

IntelliGrip ensures traction   

Our test car in the top equipment Ultimate drives up in neat red sheet metal, black roof, silver-colored underrun protection and 17 inchers. The impression of daring off-road mobility is deceptive, however. All-wheel drive is not even available as an option on the Crossland. Instead, the adaptive traction control of the front wheels, called IntelliGrip, is based on the respective surface and the desired driving style. Depending on the requirements (asphalt, snow, terrain / mud or sand), it distributes the power accordingly and prevents the front-wheel drive wheels from spinning prematurely. If desired, the ESP can also be deactivated at speeds of up to 50 km / h.

Outstanding trunk volume  

For our excursion into nature with greasy mud paths, the little Rüsselsheimer is well equipped with this grip for all cases. In addition to the necessary equipment such as boots and jackets, the 4,22-meter-long minivan can store a surprising amount. The rear seat, which can be moved lengthways by up to 15 centimeters in the higher equipment variants, is very practical. The space of up to 520 liters in the trunk can be individually adjusted to 410 liters in favor of the length of the legs to be accommodated in the rear. After folding down the rear seats, the five-seater has a decent load volume of up to 1255 liters for a vehicle of this class.

Inexpensive navigation solution via linked phone    

In the solid interior, which is still made with a lot of hard plastic, it sits well on the comfortable, multi-adjustable and tested AGR seats. In the Ultimate equipment line, they are standard on board ex works. They are now - also as an extra - popular with more than a third of all Opel customers. The view sweeps across the somewhat sober, but intuitively arranged and easy-to-read analogue round instruments in tube optics to the head-up display, which shows information relevant to the driver on speed, navigation and the activities of the on-board assistants on a small Plexiglas pane maps. Above the basic model, however, you have to invest in the navigation system, which costs 950 euros. If you want to save money, at least with the multimedia devices from the second equipment line onwards, you can connect your smartphone to the touchscreen via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and - if compatible - simultaneously charge it inductively.

Acceptable consumption

While the hands on the heated steering wheel and the bottom enjoy the comfortably warm seats, the 1,2 liter turbo gasoline engine drives the Crossland cheerfully through rain clouds over the wet asphalt. Only at full load does the otherwise inconspicuous three-cylinder start to roar. Its 110 hp are available at 5.500 tours, the maximum torque of 205 Newton meters at 1.750 rpm. The Crossland sprints from 0 to 100 km / h in 10,9 seconds and has a top speed of 187 km / h. With a moderate driving style, the three-cylinder is satisfied with an acceptable almost six liters per 100 km on the test route, which mainly consists of country roads. Alternatively, Opel offers the Crossland with a weaker 83 hp or more powerful 130 hp turbo gasoline engine or two diesel engines with 110 or 120 hp. Alternative drives cannot be found in the portfolio.

Crisp steering, good suspension

The work done by the Rüsselsheim engineers on the chassis and steering was worth it. The re-tuning of the dampers ensures that the empty Crossland, which weighs just 1.245 kg, no longer rocks over bumps, but rather bounces in a more balanced manner. The steering is crisp and convinces with precision, while the manual six-speed gearshift could do with shorter and more precise paths. Alternatively, the six speed levels can also be sorted using an automatic converter.

Top equipment costs its price 

Even in the basic version, the lane departure warning system (without steering intervention), traffic sign recognition, cruise control and air conditioning are on board at a price of 18.995 euros. If you opt for the tested top equipment Ultimate, the package includes, among other things, an automatic parking assistant with blind spot warning, a 180-degree panoramic rear-view camera (whose image unfortunately suffers from bad weather) and the top infotainment system including multimedia Navi Pro , Automatic climate control and a keyless locking and starting system included. That adds up to an ambitious 27.830 euros for a car of this size.

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