Opel shows maturity with the introduction of Opel Crossland

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Many people predicated the end of an era when Opel started operating on its own few years ago. This followed the withdrawal of Chevrolet group from the South African market. Those who thrive on speculating could see from the distance the beginning of an end. Opel Crossland is a symbol of success for the Opel range and many people are continuing to embrace the manufacturer. Earlier this year got to drive the Crossland and can easily attest that it is continuing with the legacy of Opel cars.
Last year we saw the launch of the latest addition to the X-Range, being the Opel Crossland X. The car featured two engines across the 4 model line up with the choice of a manual transmission for the Essentia/ Enjoy model or automatic transmission for the more mid-level Turbo-Enjoy/ Cosmo model, and you only really had the choice of the 1.2L 3-cylinder petrol unit across the entire range.

A new diesel-powered model has now joined the line-up which is based on the previous Enjoy manual derivative. With the new 1.6L turbo-diesel engine pushing out 68kW and 230Nm of torque it’s not only more powerful than the previous versions, but also quite economical with a claimed combined fuel consumption of 5.4L/100km whereas I managed to get closer to 6L/100km. The addition of this diesel variant means you finally have another option when it comes to fuel choice, which I think is definitely the one to go for.

The Opel Crossland X 1.6TD Enjoy is stylish inside and out, with a stance that almost says “I’m ready for anything!”. On the inside it feels quite homely with an armrest on the driver’s seat and everything is laid out exactly where you’d expect it to be, making this a very easy and usable family car.

The Crossland X offers an array of standard features such as; all-round electric windows, front and rear park assist, rear parking camera, cruise control with speed limiter, a touch screen Intellilink infotainment system, a multifunctional steering wheel, electric folding side mirrors, as well as a 12V socket in the front with USB connectivity to connect your android/ Apple device for the Android Auto/ Apple Carplay. There is also a small list of optional extras being; a reversing camera. The only problem that I found tech-wise was that the infotainment system would turn off after a very short period of time after turning the car off due to the power-saving mode, and even putting the ignition back on won’t help until you actually start the whole car up again which was quite frustrating…

Practicality & Driveability:
Other than that the car is extremely comfortable with an unnoticeable ride quality and not a lot of road noise when it comes to longer motorway journeys. It is very practical in terms of space with enough room to fit 5 adults in the cabin, with a rear luggage capacity of 410L, as well as multiple storage bins for various items you might have with you.

What’s nice about having this new diesel engine is that it is a little more powerful than it’s petrol counterparts. The torque figure of the car means you have that low down power for swift overtaking maneuvers allowing you to get where you need to go effortlessly and comfortably.

Price & Safety:
This car comes in at R309 000 which is fairly expensive but competitive nonetheless, considering it’s rivals (The Mazda CX-3 and Renault Captur) manage to hover around that price point as well.

In terms of safety you get 6 airbags as standard as well as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Lane departure warning (which is always on upon starting the car and can be quite irritating unless turned off), and ISOFIX child seat mounts.

Prices in South Africa:
Crossland X 1.2L Essentia – R274 000
Crossland X 1.2L Enjoy – R295 900
Crossland X 1.6L Turbo Diesel Enjoy – R309 000
Crossland X 1.2L Turbo Enjoy Auto – R348 450
Crossland X 1.2L Turbo Cosmo Auto – R400 537

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