Long-term test (Introduction): Opel Crossland X 1,6TD Enjoy
As much as the CAR team misses having the eminently handy Opel Combo Cargo as a fleet workhorse, the arrival of something a lot less utilitarian is a salve to the 80 km daily commute I’ve undertaken in a rather noisy and sparsely equipped van.
There are some parallels to be drawn between our outgoing load lugger and the funky Crossland X, most notably the 1,6-litre turbo- diesel powerplant that joined the previously all-petrol range earlier this year. Much as it did in the Combo, this little unit punches above its weight with a hearty
230 N.m of torque to back up that otherwise modest 68 kW on offer. The execution, however, is not quite as polished. Where this unit was linked to a reasonably snappy five-speed gearbox in the Combo, it’s now coupled with an oddly baggy-feeling shifter. I’m often loath to level too much criticism at a car’s drivetrain during its honeymoon period in our fleet, but it is evident.
Another aspect that’s taken some getting used to is gearing that’s appreciably taller than that of the Combo. It’s a bit of a double-edged sword; while it helps the engine adopt a calm demeanour at motorway speeds, it’s at the cost of some low-speed flexibility and necessitates a bit more gear- stick stirring in traffic.
But that’s about where the initial misgivings end. Despite the gear- box’s quirks, the Crossland’s 5,63 L/100 km fuel consumption comes close to the 5,3 claimed by CAR’s fuel index, and this model’s Enjoy specification throws a generous amount of standard kit into the mix: all-round parking sensors, rearview camera, an Android Auto/ Apple CarPlay-enabled infotainment system, auto lights and wipers and lane-keeping assist. We have yet to really test the Cross- land’s practicality but there appears to be plenty of interior space. The Crossland passed the time-old seating test of “six-footer-behind- six-footer” and its two-tier boot and 1 040 litres of utility space will be put to use with a friend’s house move on the cards.
I’ll give the transition from a commercial to a passenger vehicle drivetrain a bit of time before drawing a conclusion on what appears to be the Crossland’s one weak point. It’s a promising start.
After 1 month
Current Mileage: 756 km
Average fuel consumption: 5,63 L/100 km
We like: generously equipped
We don’t like: baggy feeling gearshift
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