At the end of the day, everyone wanted a piece of SUV cake. Every manufacturer sets up its model in the compact SUV class. And how are things with Opel? The people of Rüsselsheim should not bother at all - they will use the recipe and the ready mixes thanks to the sale of the French by PSA. Opel now has a compact SUV platform in the form of the Peugeot 3008. And things are fine - 3008 is doing its job excellent.
But we want to find out how the new Opel Grandland X will be introduced in the direct comparison with the 3008? The third participant in our comparative test is Renault Kadjar. Motorization in our comparison: small gasoline.
The Opel 1.2-liter 3-cylinder turbocharger has 130 hp. Peugeot bet on the same engine. Accordingly, the 3-cylinder unit in Grandland X should, according to Opel, spend as much as 3008 - that is, 5.1 liters per 100 kilometers. Of course, we will check this out. First, however, we return to Renault. Kadjar is the only model in the test with a 4-cylinder engine. Its working volume is also 1.2 liters, with a turbine and identical to that of its competitors 130 hp. TCe in Kadjar has to spend 5.7 liters - at least according to the manufacturer. But reality is different.
Renault Kadjar TCe 130
The well-trained Opel delivered 6.8 liters, followed by Peugeot 7.2 liters / 100 km (3008 was only 1700 kilometers). The same result was given by Kadjar. At the Renault, the driver sits on a seat with little support, looks at a simple dashboard and is slightly tormented with the gear lever. Kadjar, however, has good maneuvering, even reserves, when he has to overcome heavy bumps with full load. Its engine is more cultivated than the competitors' 3-cylinder units but does not bite as tightly as they do. The power unfolds a little later and Renault is lagging behind Opel and Peugeot's opponents in the sprint and elasticity. At Peugeot you will feel quite cozy. The small steering wheel - the devices are located above it - it takes time to convene, the seats not only look good, but also have a superb support.
Opel Grandland X 1.2
The position behind the wheel is very good. Overall 3008 makes an impression of very well-equipped, fine details and high-quality workmanship - great! Lower production quality: from Opel, they have saved the wonderful lining of cable harnesses in the engine compartment of 3008 - for some reason. However, the car does not like the full load and the bad roads - then the suspension springs reach its limit. Otherwise, 3008 is doing great in everyday life. Its engine is agile, the gear lever is comfortable and the suspension has the right balance. In short: we have no remarks, the 3008 is quite a nice car. Grandland basically relies on the same technique, so prerequisites for successful performance are present. But with lots of nuances, Opel unnecessarily changed Peugeot's genes. For example: instead of a low freight edge without a step, the Grandland X places obstacles in front of its passengers' luggage. When switching (transmission is identical!), The middle arm rests a little.
And practically the same engine in the Grandland demonstrates slight vibrations, its management is very tight at just over 6000 turnovers. The tailgate is attached somewhat more commonly, there is no side support in the seats, and the gear lever - a better feel when switching, as it is quite large and ribbed. Opel also needs more time to stop. Moreover, the review is not so good because of the extremely small rear windows. Otherwise, the Opel moves very well, its suspension is mature - just like Peugeot's - and without excessive rigidity. It's a little worse for a busy road trip. We also have to note that something and somewhere constantly creaking and the track - for example, the seats when passing through the bumps or the instrument panel when traveling on a pavement. A little comfort: The Opel Grandland X is a little cheaper in its test equipment than the Peugeot 3008. This would be a good argument for the Grandland. If you intend to save, however, it is better to target a Renault dealer. Kadjar is significantly cheaper than others.
Opel manages to take advantage of the good 3008 and make a completely different car from it. Unfortunately, however, it is worse than the original. Transformation has negatively impacted on functionality and quality. Whoever is frugal will choose the Renault model.