Opel Grandland X – and this will revive the brand?

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Opel Grandland X 2018 front viewOpel Grandland X 2018 side viewOpel Grandland X 2018 rear viewOpel Grandland X 2018 rear view
Opel Grandland X 2018 radiator grill
Opel is back on the Russian market! Finally, we will be able to see the familiar emblem on new models again.
Opel Grandland X 2018 headlight
Sleek, modern LED headlights work well in the dark
Opel Grandland X 2018 plastic molding
Outside it is a wide plastic molding, and from the inside of the doors there is a double sealing of the body sills, which allows you to keep them clean in any weather
Opel Grandland X 2018 rear pillar
The C-pillar contour resembles a fin. We’ve already met something similar somewhere – on Korean models or on Chinese ones?
Opel Grandland X 2018 door
All buttons and keys are at hand, power window control – with auto mode. But where is the central locking button? And she was placed in the center of the torpedo
Opel Grandland X 2018 light control
Control of external lighting devices – traditional, “opelevskoe”
Opel Grandland X 2018 steering wheel
The button for turning on the steering wheel heating, as in the Opel Mokka, was “lost”. This time – among the controls of the cruise control
Opel Grandland X 2018 steering wheel
Control devices for the connected smartphone and audio system are as logical as possible. Speaker sound worth praising
Opel Grandland X 2018 steering column switch
We switch the screens of the on-board computer with this ring on the left steering column switch, and with the button at its end we reset the readings
Opel Grandland X 2018 dashboard
The dashboard has retained the “opelevsky” design with two large scales and two small ones. All devices are pointer
Opel Grandland X 2018 dashboard
A car with a 150-horsepower gasoline turbo engine and an automatic machine was very pleased with its economy
Opel Grandland X 2018 dashboard
The top version of the “Grandland X” is equipped with auto light, control of “blind” zones and a tracking device for marking lines
Opel Grandland X 2018 dashboard
“The thrust is chosen correctly …”. Is the car really capable of detecting the type of coverage under the wheels?
Opel Grandland X 2018 monitor
Not really. Whichever driving mode you choose, the thrust is correct. But, unfortunately, practically unchanged
Opel Grandland X 2018 monitor
The indication on the central display resembled that of the Citroen C4 Aircross: there is a lot of space, and the symbols are small
Opel Grandland X 2018 torpedo
Finishing materials are inexpensive, mostly dense plastic. On irregularities, the interior of the model is “silent”, …
Opel Grandland X 2018 interior trim
… but in secluded places, the joining points of the trim panels do not look very neat. True, such places should still be looked for
Opel Grandland X 2018 salon
Like the body, the interior of the Opel Grandland X does not look very avant-garde. There are many solutions in interior design that have already become “classics of the genre”
Opel Grandland X 2018 monitor control buttons
The “physical” controls for the multimedia system are also straightforward. I am ready to praise the navigation: it coped with the assigned tasks perfectly
Opel Grandland X 2018 climate control
Climate control – dual-zone, works efficiently, available – front seat ventilation. But try to distinguish the smallest symbols for the degree of heating!
Opel Grandland X 2018 buttons
Under the dashboard – an additional row of functional buttons with vacancies
Opel Grandland X 2018 automatic selector
The machine selector moves along a winding path. Shifts – fast and crisp
Opel Grandland X 2018 boxing
Between the front seats there is a box with a comfortable armrest. The selector for driving modes and the button for the electronic “parking brake” are also visible here.
Opel Grandland X 2018 mode selector
The mode selector seems to be borrowed from the Peugeot and Citroen models. I cannot say that the difference between the positions is noticeable. Perhaps the Sand mode slightly improves traction.
Opel Grandland X 2018 panoramic roof
Panoramic glass – almost the entire roof of the “Grandland X”. The sliding curtain is “electrified”
Opel Grandland X 2018 front seats
The front seats are dense, with rigid side bolsters on the cushion and backrest. The body is fixed perfectly, you don’t get tired of landing on a long journey
Opel Grandland X 2018 front seats
The driver’s seat is equipped with electric adjustments and memory settings. Passenger is regulated only mechanically, …
Opel Grandland X 2018 front seats
… but both seats have this manually retractable cushion section.
Opel Grandland X 2018 blinds
The rear door windows are tinted, but you can additionally restrict the flow of sunlight into the cabin by pulling such curtains
Opel Grandland X 2018 second row
The rear seats are equipped with adjustable heating, in addition, riders have a USB connector for charging mobile gadgets
Opel Grandland X 2018 Side Skirts
Body sills are both high and wide. This speaks of the rigidity of his power structure.
Opel Grandland X 2018 rear sofa
The rear seat has a considerable width – more than 140 cm. However, there is not enough legroom for riders here: when landing “behind me” only 24 cm
Opel Grandland X 2018 rear sofa
A “ski” hatch is made in the back of the rear seat
Opel Grandland X 2018 rear sofa
Folding the parts of the backrest of the rear seat flush with the boot floor is in German, in “opelevski”
Opel Grandland X 2018 luggage compartment
The trunk of “Grandland X” is both wide and high, under the curtain – more than 40 cm. And the total volume exceeds 500 liters, an excellent indicator
Opel Grandland X 2018 spare wheel
Under the raised floor there is a spare wheel, a removable container with a standard tool, plus a lot of space for various things
Opel Grandland X 2018 luggage compartment
In the raised state, the rigid and durable panel of the raised floor is fixed with two such “keys”
Opel Grandland X 2018 buttons
The trunk door is electrically operated and a foot opening system. I liked the device: it worked almost flawlessly
Opel Grandland X 2018 rear suspension
Good handling of the car surprised all the more since the rear suspension here is only a twisted beam
Opel Grandland X 2018 mudguard
“Grandland X” and so far not “ace” in deep snow, so also its permeability is worsened by noticeably protruding mud flaps in front of the front wheels
Opel Grandland X 2018 engine compartment
1.6-liter 150-horsepower gasoline engine of the new “Opel” pulls, but noisy
Opel Grandland X 2018 engine compartment
The battery is half hidden under the air intake panel, …
Opel Grandland X 2018 engine compartment
… and the air filter housing is completely hidden under it. This is no longer “German”, but “French”
Opel Grandland X 2018 engine compartment
But the turbocharging mechanism is visible and easy to dismantle
Opel Grandland X 2018 engine compartment
Do not be alarmed: this is not the entire volume of the washer reservoir. True, its total volume is small – only 2.5 liters. The firm promises that capacity will increase over time.
Opel Grandland X 2018 engine compartment
The washer fluid enters the glass directly from the brushes, to which such tubes are supplied. I hope the frost does not greatly affect their “passability”
Opel Grandland X 2018 front view
If you are a crossover, please show yourself off-road. How would you react to the practically unrefined forest track?
Opel Grandland X 2018 front view
On the parapet between the wheels there are traces of touching the bottom elements, the “lip” of the bumper picked up a dose of snow
Opel Grandland X 2018 side view
Even getting out of the forest onto the road was not easy. There was no question of a U-turn, for this frame the car had to be driven back through the snow drift
Opel Grandland X 2018 front view
In deep snow “Opel” very quickly begins to “strike” and “protest”. The “Sand” mode improves passability, but only slightly

Opel Grandland X 2018 front view The whole photo session

Contrary to the opinion of skeptics, well-known car brands are not only leaving the Russian market, but also returning to it. Now we are witnessing the second “coming” of the German “Opel”. Only now it is furnished somehow modestly, and on the roads “newcomers” are practically invisible – despite the fact that there are more than enough “oldies”. The brand had a well-deserved popularity, and the expectation of success on its return was obvious. But…

On the street, I recognized the Grandland X crossover from afar. From the first, well, maybe from the second glance, I determined that this particular bright blue car with a contrasting black roof was going to meet me. How did you know? Only for details. Their combination gives the model originality, although in general the body is stylized as possible in the spirit of the times. That is, he looks like all his classmates at once, like everyone else – like him. Even with the “Chinese” there are similarities.

Similar and not similar

So, if we consider only the entourage, the Grandland X model does not offer anything specifically “opel” or German. Crossover as a crossover. In the interior of the familiar from other “Opel” elements more, and I immediately notice them. The outdoor light switch remained the same. The instrument cluster has retained its design with two large dials of the main instruments and two smaller indicators – fuel level and coolant temperature – in the middle at the top. Perhaps the devices have become a little larger and clearer than they were, for example, in the Opel Mokka crossover. But the “arrow” character has remained, there is no computer graphics at all. Reasonable conservatism or economy?

The same question arises when looking at the various buttons and keys for the interior equipment and the indications on them. Is that where, as in the case of the Mokka, to look for the steering wheel heating button? There, I wanted to turn off the heating as soon as possible, since that crossover had been on the Motorpage test on a thaw day. And now it would be nice to turn it on, on the contrary, since the weather is frosty. In the end, I find a round button, for some reason wedged in among the cruise control controls.

It is easier to set the “heat” to the seats, the corresponding keys are easier to find, but the red lights of the degree of heating are like poppy dewdrops. But the crossover, being in the “middle hand” price plan, also offers ventilation of the front seats. It was necessary to check its effectiveness and compare it with heating, which, unfortunately, did not please with special “fervor”. The steering wheel is also not “hot”, but warmed up better.

If the instrument panel in “Grandland X” is unconditionally “opelevskaya”, and the general style of the interior is averagely cosmopolitan, like the body, then the French have clearly worked on the indication on the LCD central display. The design of the icons on the Citroen C4 Aircross is very similar: the screen has at least 10 inches diagonally, and the pictures on it are small, small. Again, there is an impression of some kind of excessive economy, despite the fact that the French have always been considered the most stingy nation in Europe, where the Germans go. How can I explain to them that this is not a trend today? Give the modern buyer brightness, catchiness, design delights.

But in terms of landing, behind the wheel of the Grandland X is a typical “German”. The chair is firm, the lateral support rollers on both the pillow and the back are unambiguously rigid. The memory buttons for the driver’s seat settings are not very conveniently located, but electric adjustments are available – this is a plus. And the retractable front part of the pillow, reminiscent of premium Audi – a double plus. But the lack of electrical settings for the passenger seat is a minus.

The surrounding driver’s seat is low, sporty. The steering wheel is conveniently adjustable. The dashboard design, close to the passenger one, also tunes in to drive. And literally from the first meters of the test trip you understand: something, but the drive “Opel” brought us. Didn’t stint.

The chassis energizes

I’ll run a little ahead. How do we, consumers, generally evaluate cars, which of their qualities are more important to us, outweigh all the others? For example, my old acquaintance, barely learning from me that the new Opel is very dynamic and sporty, asks the question: “Tears off the ground?” Friend, what are you talking about? It does not tear, but presses to the ground! That is why the dynamics are felt so well: a 1.6-liter turbo engine with 150 horsepower is paired with a perfectly tuned chassis, and the chassis matches the engine power. How many cases have happened when it was necessary in their descriptions to delicately leave the story of such a correspondence (or rather, a discrepancy): the motor seemed excessively powerful. Conversely, some models clearly deserved more “horses”, and the manufacturer for some reason skimped on them. And sometimes the number of “horses” did not correspond to itself: somewhere it turned out that there were only one hundred and fifty, and somewhere – as much as one hundred and fifty.

Grandland X has a complete correspondence. The car has a rigid “autobahn” chassis and perfectly feels and behaves on the track. It is convenient to “fit” into a rapidly rushing stream (acceleration from zero to hundreds takes 9.5 seconds), and maintain a high and very high speed. He turns you on and charges you with his energy. In principle, you don’t even expect it, as well as a similar adjustment of the “hodovka”. Usually, crossovers deserve laudatory epithets for the track only with a certain stretch. There is no stretch here. Even in terms of the layout, the body style of the Grandland X seems to be a little bit wrong with the niche. As in a crossover, a certain margin of height, “air” above the driver’s head, is felt in it. Usually this margin creates a kind of speculative aerodynamic drag. In the test “Opel” he did not create anything. While driving, he wanted to devour and devour kilometers, not knowing fatigue.

The 1.6-liter petrol turbo engine with 150 hp demonstrated relative efficiency. On the highway, at speeds slightly outside the official limit, the Opel Grandland X consumed about 10 liters per 100 km. When driving for a long time at a speed of 110 km / h, the consumption decreased to 8 liters, at 80-90 km / h – to 7 liters. And after fifty kilometers on a “cruise” with a fixed speed of 120 km / h, the result was simply fantastic: 6.4 liters per hundred! The discrepancy between the readings of the speedometer and the data of the GPS-navigator is 3-4 km / h (this is how much the speedometer overestimates the “space” speed).

I experienced something similar when I tested the Toyota C-HR. I called that model a competitor to myself, since it had no obvious rivals in the Russian automotive market. But now the competitor is obvious: it is the Opel Grandland X. Let it be somewhat larger, albeit not so bright in terms of design. If you dig deeper, it is also tougher, the Japanese woman lacks this a little, and the German is just right.

Of course, in comparison with sports-minded models, there are drawbacks. A certain lateral instability is felt – but this is not roll or softness. If it’s soft, then tires that actually have only a 55 profile, but with a width of 225. The rim diameter is 18 inches for all versions, but the Motorpage test has a top-end one, the “younger” tires have a higher profile , 65 percent. The chassis of the model deserves more sporty tires.

And the wheels too. The current ones are massive, not only in appearance, and apparently by weight. The design was created for a crossover, but actually went to a station wagon. I think a sophisticated driver will find a way to decorate the car with beautiful, larger-diameter wheels that are light in appearance. For example, with stylized knitting needles.

With a relatively low lateral stability, “Grandland X” is not sensitive to asphalt ruts. Even noticeable and deep. On the highway, I see how the drivers of other cars avoid this misfortune in every possible way, and Opel allows me to simply ignore it. I wonder where he was trained like that? On the autobahns of Germany, the tracks are practically not found, and on the polygons they are not imitated. Moreover, as it was possible to find out from available sources, the chassis of the car is not German at all, but most that neither is French: the front and rear suspension assemblies are borrowed from the Peugeot 3008 crossover. However, I remember his test – and nothing similar in terms of behavior to the track does not come to mind. I am sure that it was not without German settings and fine-tuning.

I use the opportunity to “twist the nickels” on the snowy area. However, something does not come out of “pyatakov”, at best – the pancakes are somehow shapeless. When “gas” is added, the car tries to slip out of the circle, but the stabilization system cuts off the traction, the turning radius sharply narrows, and an oval emerges instead of the circle. If the system is turned off, and this function is not hidden somewhere deep in the menu, but is displayed on the driving mode selector, the car simply opens up and flies off into the distance across the site. Not particularly athletic behavior.

Is the thrust selected correctly?

What about the modes? If you swap them? After all, there is “Snow” and “Dirt” and “Sand”. The same IntelliGrip system was installed on Peugeot Partner Tepee and Citroen Berlingo heels, but I never tested them. Well, good luck, I’ll try on the Opel. I choose “Snow” – and I see the words on the on-board computer screen: “The thrust is chosen correctly.” Wow, the system monitors the coverage under the wheels, but how? And, probably, in terms of the ambient temperature, now it’s about -5 overboard, which means it’s like snow. However – nothing of the kind: on the snow I switch to the “Sand” mode and again I see that the thrust is selected correctly.

The 1.6-liter 150-horsepower turbo engine “Opel Grandland X”, according to the characteristics, has a high-speed “character”. In practice, this is not entirely true. With a sharp acceleration, the machine changes gear to a higher one upon reaching 4000 rpm, and it seems that it is too early, you can also “twist” the crankshaft. However, in manual mode, you notice that the torque above this value practically does not increase, and when accelerating from the bottom, it feels like it reaches its maximum at 2800-3000 rpm.

At the same time, in fact, it is never chosen correctly. Хоть интеллектуальная система и призвана имитировать межколесную блокировку, ни скольжение по кругу не удается, ни проходимость в рыхлом снегу не улучшается ни на йоту. Ну, может быть, на йоту в режиме «Песок», но не больше, а в других режимах — точно нет. Проходимость оставляет  желать лучшего, даже очень много лучшего. Стоит свернуть с трассы на нечищеную снежную целину, как я мгновенно сдаю назад: сразу же чувствуется, что еще полметра движения вперед, и машина сядет. Добираюсь до нашего загородного дома — и «Опель» оказывается вторым из нескольких десятков тестовых автомобилей, который не может преодолеть уклон на участке. Первый, также имевший лишь передний привод, помнится, забастовал весной, когда этот уклон был покрыт голым льдом, блестящим, как зеркало. Нынче тоже случился лед, но его не было видно под слоем свежего снега глубиной едва ли по щиколотку. Теоретически автомобиль с дорожным просветом 188 мм мог бы и преодолеть его. Но именно этот снег и стал главным препятствием, потому что стоило мне часок помахать лопатой, и «Опель» с готовностью вкатился на положенное место.

Нешипованные шины Continental я, правда, за цепкость на льду похвалить не могу. Справиться со скользким склоном помогли, скорее, не они, а умелое дозирование тяги. Оно же, собственно, удерживало автомобиль на раскатанном полотне сельской дороги, где продольные ледяные полосы перемежались со снежными. Приходилось очень крепко сжимать руль, делая им мелкие острые движения. Очень интересное наблюдение: руль воспринимается как острый и точный, при этом делает… целых ТРИ оборота от упора до упора! Такая «длина» и на классических рамных внедорожниках редкость. Сопоставьте с кроссовером Audi Q3 — у него руль делает на оборот меньше. И мотор на двадцать процентов мощнее, а азарта и огонька в поведении меньше.

Тем не менее, оказавшись в плавном заснеженном и обледенелом повороте на середине трассы и завидев встречный автомобиль, я все-таки не полагаюсь на руль и систему стабилизации, а прибегаю к помощи ABS. Она срабатывает безукоризненно. Тормоза — еще один плюс нового «Опеля». Недаром у него колесные диски такие огромные, тормозные в них видны соответствующие.

Фактически, по итогам теста Motorpage можно сказать, что новинка от Opel, приехавшая на российский рынок, имеет лишь один существенный недостаток: она моноприводная. Вариант с полным приводом в природе (читаем, в Европе) существует, но только в виде гибрида — с «общим» ДВС и двумя электромоторами, способными приводить в движение задние колеса. В принципе, вариант очень интересный, однако, судя по суммарной мощности трех моторов в 300 л. с., дорогой, и перспективы его поставок к нам пока не ясны.

Давно еще, на заре появления в России первого вала иномарок из Европы, с ними к нам приехала поговорка: «Всякий автомобиль со временем становится «Опелем». Интересно, что сейчас даже в Германии она известна немногим, а у нас ее воспринимали с иронией. Это были прекрасные автомобили, надежные, хорошо оснащенные, долговечные. С появлением моды на кроссоверы фирма тут же выкатила отличные «Каптиву» и «Мокку». А кто не знает о великолепном шасси Astra GTC?

Но поговорка существовала, и в те времена в Германии она была о том, что Opel – это автомобиль, скажем так, не из первой тройки. Что покупают его те, у кого есть на то особые причины или банально нет денег. Что ездят на нем в основном студенты и другие представители бюджетных слоев населения. Но модели из первой тройки постепенно старели и изнашивались, а потому с годами сравнивались в цене с «Опелями».

Если применить данную поговорку к сегодняшнему дню, то я бы сказал иначе: не каждый автомобиль становится «Опелем». Далеко не каждый, эту честь еще надо заслужить. Перешедшая под «крыло « французского концерна марка выкатила прекрасное, по-настоящему немецкое шасси. Заслуживающее внимания и уважения несмотря на относительно «средний» дизайн как кузова, так и салона. Другой мой знакомый, опытный автомобилист и мотоциклист, собственно, рассказавший мне историю поговорки об «Опеле», высказался так: сегодня очень многие люди оценивают машины именно по внешним данным, имиджу, да количеству «наворотов», при этом забывая, что автомобиль должен прежде всего хорошо ездить. Дарить радость от процесса управления, а не от картинки на дисплее мультимедиа. А красивые картинки лучше смотреть дома, на экране большого телевизора. При этом уметь различать нюансы поведения автомобилей на дороге и, соответственно, использовать их в целях безопасности совершенно не обязательно. Как и иметь водительские права.

В Европе выпускающийся с 2017-го года Opel Grandland X может оснащаться целой гаммой двигателей. Покупателям доступны аж три турбодизеля мощностью 120, 130, либо 177 л. с., а также два бензиновых мотора, также с приставкой «турбо»: 1,2- и 1,6-литровый мощностью, соответственно, 130 и 180 л . с. Коробки передач — шестидиапазонный автомат или  шестиступенчатая «механика». В нашей стране Grandland X на первых порах будет доступен только с одним мотором, 1,6-литровым 150-сильным, и только с автоматом. Привод — передний. Стоимость трех имеющихся в продаже версий — 2 069 000, 2 349 000 и 2 499 000 рублей.  Наряду с кроссовером Grandland X под маркой Opel в России будут продаваться также минивэн Zafira Life (теперь очень напоминающий очертаниями Peugeot Traveller) и коммерческий фургон Vivaro.

Технические характеристики Opel Grandland X

DIMENSIONS, MM

4477 х 1856 х 1609

КОЛЁСНАЯ БАЗА, ММ

2675

ROAD CLEARANCE, MM

188

ОБЪЁМ БАГАЖНИКА, Л

514

СНАРЯЖЕННАЯ МАССА, КГ

1435

ENGINE’S TYPE

Р4, бензиновый, с турбонаддувом

РАБОЧИЙ ОБЪЁМ, КУБ. СМ

1598

MAX. МОЩНОСТЬ, Л. С., ПРИ ОБ/МИН

150 / 6000

MAX. МОМЕНТ, Н·м, ПРИ ОБ/МИН

240 / 1400

TRANSMISSION

автоматическая, 6-ст.

DRIVE UNIT

передний

MAX. SPEED, km / h

201

РАЗГОН 0 – 100 КМ/Ч, С

9,5

СРЕДНИЙ РАСХОД ТОПЛИВА, Л/100 КМ

7,3

ЁМКОСТЬ БАКА, Л

53

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