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A real charmer.. Smart looks and technology, as well as a surprising amount of space, will make the Vauxhall Crossland X a winner, reckons MAGGIE BARRY.

Byline: MAGGIE BARRY

VAUXHALL'S new Crossland X could easily get a part in Doctor Who because, like the Tardis, it is far bigger inside than it looks from the outside.

In fact, it is astonishingly large and roomy for an SUV that actually sits in the smaller part of the B segment. At the top is its big brother the Mokka X. Having cornered the small car market, Vauxhall now seem set to do the same for the SUV side, with a third car, the Grandland X, joining the SUV line-up later this year.

The Crossland and the Grandland will mark the company's collaboration with French group PSA, who own Peugeot Citroen and DS, and now Opel and Vauxhall. Both the Crossland and Grandland will sit on PSA platforms.

Crossland chief designer Richard Shaw drew attention to the space in the car as he introduced his baby.

He said: "It maximises interior space in relation to its footprint and is a mixture of functionality, versatility and stylish design."

The exterior is quite smart, with two-tone roof/bodywork available.

Roof colours are black, white or grey, which look particularly good against some of the strong body choices like Lava Red, Amber Orange and True Blue - a colour that should appeal to a certain section of Glaswegians.

It has a nice deep grille with silver wings and a lovely chrome trim around the windows, the hatch at the rear has an integrated spoiler and there are skid plates back and front, a bit like the Mokka X. One of the immediate features of the Crossland X that you notice is the high ride height, much loved by school mums, and this one is really up there.

The seats are fabric but nicely patterened and lots of light comes into the cabin because of the large windows and the extra quarter lights in the rear.

The high ride height means that kids can see out, always a boon on a long journey.

The back seats have the usual 60/40 split but the floor of the boot can be lowered, adding to the capacity there.

Everything is close to hand to the driver's seat and the central display is angled towards the driver, which makes it easy to use.

Vauxhall have a very good connected system called OnStar, which offers a feast of extras such as emergency callout if you have an accident, a recovery service that locates your vehicle should it get stolen and a concierge service that can hook you up with restaurants and theatres, as well as the usual Bluetooth, USB ports and either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Optional extras include stuff like a head-up display and a 360-degree camera. Coming shortly will be a feature that alerts the driver when the car thinks he or she needs a break.

The Crossland X comes with a choice of petrol or diesel engines.

I drove the 130PS 1.2-litre petrol, which has loads of power for getting around and yet is not going to cost you the Earth.

It was peppy and fun with a nice bit of speed when you needed to overtake.

The bigger 1.6-litre diesel with 99PS was also good, so it depends on what you want the car for.

On the forecourt, it will come with four 1.2 petrol powertrains, including one with 81PS, and two 1.6-litre oil burners.

Trim levels start at SE, then SE Nav, Elite and Elite Nav, and there is also a Techline Nav that is aimed more at the business fleet sector.

Where the Mokka X was bold and aggressive, the Crossland is much more cuddly. The kind of car you can take home to mum.

David Boyd, Arnold Clark Vauxhall franchise manager, said: "If a spacious, comfortable, family SUV is on your wish-list, look no further than the Crossland X. It comes with plenty of kit, smart storage solutions and a feeling of height and cabin space that makes it a pleasure to drive. A lively 1.2-litre turbo engine cuts through traffic and cruises happily on the motorway."

Factfile: Model: Vauxhall Crossland X Elite Engine: 1.2-litre petrol Power: 130PS Top speed: 128mph 0-62mph: 9.1 seconds Average mpg: 55.4 CO2 emissions: 116g/km Warranty: Three years/60,000 miles Price: PS19,395

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