Test – Opel Grandland Hybrid4 300 PHEV: what is the value of the most expensive and powerful Grandland?

Essai - Opel Grandland Hybrid4 300 PHEV : que vaut le plus cher et puissant des Grandland ?

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Restyled version of the Grandland X

plug-in hybrid

300 hp, 520 Nm, 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds.

59 km of WLTP autonomy in 100% electric

Unique Ultimate finish at €55,400

The Opel Grandland X, presented in 2017, already adopted the low technical (platform, engines, boxes) of the Peugeot 3008, even before PSA bought Opel from General Motors. Identical technique, but very different style, if not opposite. The Grandland X contrasted the modernity of its cousin from Sochaux with a discreet classicism, but not unpleasant for part of the clientele of this more conservative segment of compact SUVs.

Becoming a Grandland, this Opel retains a classic positioning, but the restyling gives it a completely new front end, sporting the “Vizor” grille, inaugurated by the Mokka, and now the brand’s stylistic signature. It also brings you a completely redesigned dashboard, which isn’t all that common during mid-race tinkering.

The Opel Grandland “X” before its restyling.
After redesign, here is the
After restyling, here is the “Grandland”. It has changed a lot.

A face that adopts the new stylistic identity of Opel

Thus we find an arch transfigured by the adoption of this new grille. Very vertical, it sports a black panel with, in its extension, the LED optics, here a matrix, everything being framed by a chrome border, giving the impression that everything forms a single block. The shield has also been extensively revised, with an aluminum colored insert and vertical vents that direct airflow towards the wheels.

This completely transforms the appearance of the Grandland and fits perfectly into the new identity of the range.

At the rear, the changes were much more discreet, with only the “Grandland” lettering appearing on the tailgate. And there is always the possibility of adopting a contrasting black roof, standard on this version.

At the front, everything changes: grill
At the front, everything changes: “Vizor” grille, optics, shield. This is the new stylistic identity of the brand.
At the rear, on the other hand, hardly any modifications, apart from the Grandland lettering that appears on the tailgate.
At the rear, on the other hand, hardly any modifications, apart from the Grandland lettering that appears on the tailgate.

A completely revised board

And in the cabin, highlight of a restyling, the dashboard has been completely redesigned. It’s still less modern than the primo 3008 but looks more up-to-date than other competitors on the market. In fact, it adopts the concept seen in the little brother Mokka, again called “Pure Panel”. These are two digital screens embedded in the same black lacquered panel. In front of the driver, a configurable 12-inch screen displays driving information and driving aids. And as an extension, there is the 10-inch multimedia screen. The latter still uses the old PSA system, which is now dated on its charts. Less efficient than the new Stellantis system or what’s done at Renault or Volkswagen, it still works very honestly, if a little slow, and is compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

In the cabin, the dashboard has been revised from A to Z. It adopts the concept of
Inside, the dashboard has been revised from A to Z. It adopts the ‘pure panel’ concept seen on the Mokka. Two digital screens combined in the same black lacquered frame. It is more modern than before. The finish and ergonomics are successful.

In any case, the ergonomics are good, Opel having decided to keep, for example, separate physical controls for the air conditioning. And the quality of the materials does not have to be ashamed of the comparison against the general competition, as was the case before the restyling.

Life on board remains pleasant too, with plenty of storage, decent space in the rear (but no sliding bench here, due to the hybrid system batteries) and a similarly reduced 390-litre boot volume. by the batteries (514 liters for thermal models). Seat folded down, the 1,528 liters are on the other hand a good figure. And there are small compartments under the boot floor to store charging cables, always a good thing to carry.

Legroom is okay, but the seat, because of the hybrid batteries, doesn't slide.
Legroom is okay, but the seat, because of the hybrid batteries, doesn’t slide.
The trunk has 390 liters of bench seat volume, 124 liters less than the thermal models.  Dejected bench, it's 1,528 litres.
The trunk has 390 liters of bench seat volume, 124 liters less than the thermal models. Dejected bench, it’s 1,528 litres.

59 km of theoretical autonomy in 100% electric

The restyled Grandland also retains the same mechanics as before, including this advanced plug-in hybrid system. In this more advanced configuration, the engine, based on a 200 hp 1.6 Puretech, assisted by two electric motors (110 hp front and 113 hp rear), making it the only four-wheel drive version wheels, develops 300 cumulative hp and 520 Nm of torque. It is officially advertised at 1.3 liters per 100 km and 29 to 30 grams of CO2 per km. It is mated to the e-EAT8 box, like all Stellantis plug-in hybrids.

The Grandland continues to offer the plug-in hybrid block raised to 300 hp and 520 Nm, it uses the 200 hp 1.6 Puretech and two electric motors, one in the front between the engine and gearbox (110 hp), and the other in the rear.  shaft (113 hp).  Which makes it the only 4x4 in the range.
The Grandland continues to offer the plug-in hybrid block raised to 300 hp and 520 Nm, it uses the 200 hp 1.6 Puretech and two electric motors, one in the front between the engine and gearbox (110 hp), and the other in the rear. shaft (113 hp). Which makes it the only 4×4 in the range.

Its performance is solid, with a top speed of 235 km/h and a 0-100 in 6.1 seconds. Exactly like the old model. Likewise, the 13.2 kWh hybrid battery, whose capacity has not changed, still allows 59 km of autonomy in 100% electric, according to the WLTP cycle. It’s not phenomenal, but the 3008, and for good reason because it has the same mechanics, doesn’t do any better. Only the Toyota Rav-4, if we stay in the general brands, does better, with 75 km of autonomy in 100% electric, thanks to a larger 18.1 kWh battery.

As standard, the Grandland has a charger of only 3.7 kW, which can be recharged in about 4 hours in a reinforced socket and 7 hours in a domestic socket. As an option (€400), you can choose a 7.4 kW/32A charger, which reduces charging time to 1h50 at a suitable terminal (most public terminals 11 or 22 kW).

A little less actually…

It doesn’t change at all at this level, and it doesn’t change at all when you get behind the wheel of this model.

Let’s put aside the issue of consumption for once. In 100% electric mode we traveled 44 kilometers. A figure that could have been a little higher if we had not taken a section of the 110 highway on our route. But it still seems difficult to reach the theoretical 59 km.

In hybrid mode, full battery, we saw a consumption of 4.2 liters on average, and a battery that lasted almost twice as long (82 km). Empty battery, consumption rises, and we find ourselves with a still satisfactory 6.1 liters, however without having taken the highway at 130 km/h. In forced battery charging mode, consumption shoots up to more than 10 liters. It is absolutely necessary to avoid this mode, unless you have to drive 100% electric at your destination.

The performance of this vitamin-packed Grandland is consistent with power as long as the battery is sufficiently charged. The accelerations are tonic, the times very consistent, despite a ballast weight of 360 kg thanks to the hybrid system. On the other hand, as soon as the batteries are really empty, we are left with a hundred less horsepower, and the 1.6 Puretech gives much more voice, because it has to get much higher power and performance at revolutions. Hence the interest, in normal use, to recharge as often as possible, both for consumption, performance, and noise.

A good compromise between comfort and dynamism.

The chassis is faithful to what it was, that is, a very good compromise between dynamism and comfort. It is certainly firm, much more than a Citroën C5 Aircross or the Korean models, but somewhat less than a 3008, and never uncomfortable. The drive never fails, especially in 4×4 mode (which also works in 100% electric mode). Of course, in very dynamic, borderline driving, the Grandland turns out to have surprising understeer, which is good for the average driver, because it’s easy to master.

On the road, the 300 hp Grandland Hybrid4 is efficient (when the battery is full), quiet and offers a good compromise between comfort and dynamism.  It is a pleasure to drive behind the wheel.
On the road, the 300 hp Grandland Hybrid4 is efficient (when the battery is full), quiet and offers a good compromise between comfort and dynamism. It is a pleasure to drive behind the wheel.

The steering is nice, not overly assisted and quite communicative, and the braking is very well handled here, smoothly switching from regenerative braking to hydraulic braking. Well done Opel. In general, the Grandland is more pleasant to drive than a C5 Aircross, or a Volkswagen Tiguan, more dynamic than the Korean competitors, and not that far from the 3008, which is still a little more dynamic, but only a little, and I know it. mainly due to the feel due to its small steering wheel.

Complete equipment, fortunately given the price.

Let’s finish with the team. As much as I say it right away, it is more than complete. And for good reason, the Grandland equipped with this engine only exists in a single “Ultimate” finish, the most exclusive. Complete yes, but extremely expensive. Indeed, after a rise of €900 on September 1, it appears at €55,400, which is starting to hurt a lot. Especially since above €50,000, plug-in hybrid models are no longer eligible for the €1,000 bonus.

The equipment is ultra complete.  Fortunately, given the high price of €55,400!
The equipment is ultra complete. Fortunately, given the high price of €55,400!

For this price, however, the equipment is complete (see also equipment page), with level 2 autonomous driving, Matrix LED lights, connected navigation, 18-inch wheels, electric, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, windshield heated, smartphone induction charging, 360° camera, active parking assistant, vehicle blind spot alerts, lane departure warning, black contrast roof, roof bars, etc.

The only options are leather upholstery (€990), night vision system (€1,000), motorized tailgate (€290) and 19-inch wheels (€540).

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