Nissan X-Trail vs Vauxhall Grandland X: How do they compare?

Date Posted 13th March 2019
Read Time 6 min read

So they both have an ‘X’ in their names but, apart from that, how do theNissan X-Trail and theVauxhall Grandland X compare when push comes to shove and how do they score when you look at their respective sizes, performance, safety and practical features?

Hippo Leasing can help you to assess the merits of each SUV and to make up your own mind and we are leaders when it comes to different forms of traditional and lease finance so we are perfectly placed to help you with both a decision on the car that’s right for you and the finance for your new car.


This is an interesting one. While the Grandland X is a fair bit shorter than the X-Trail, by 20cm, it’s unusually wide where it has 4cm extra across the bows.

What does this translate into and how do these dimensions affect their practicality in the real world? The Nissan X-Trail has more boot space at 565-litres vs 514-litres but the Grandland X is easier to park. One important point to note is that the Nissan X-Trail is about 10cm higher than the Grandland X but only has 1cm more of ground clearance meaning more headroom in the back for the Nissan.

A key differentiator is that the Nissan X-Trail is also available as a seven-seater with the ability to specify a third row of seats so if you want a bit more space or occasionally need to transport six of your favourite people, then the X-Trail has the advantage.


You have a reasonably large spread of engines to choose from with both the Grandland X and the X-Trail range of cars. Both have petrol and diesel engines plus a variety of power and fuel efficiency options available, so you’re really spoilt for choice.

The Grandland X has three engines to choose from, the 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol and two diesel engines, either a 1.5-litre or a 2.0-litre. All three engines are excellent in their own way, the 1.2-litre petrol is obviously frugal but where it surprises is that for such a small engine it packs a real punch. The 1.5-litre diesel is a brilliant all-rounder and the 2.0-litre will get you from 0-62 mph in 9.1 seconds, that’s fast for this class!

The Nissan X-Trail also has 3 main engines, a 1.6-litre petrol DiG T engine, a 1.6-litre diesel in the form of the 1.6 dCi and the best performing 2.0-litre dCi which is also available in four-wheel drive and with manual or VCT auto gearbox.

The 2.0-litre Grandland wins the 0-62 mph race where it beats the X-Trail by half a second even though both engines throw off the same 177 BHP. The most frugal is actually the Grandland’s 1.5 Turbo DSE diesel engine which only produces 108g/km of CO2 emissions and will get up to nearly 69 miles per gallon. The best that the X-Trail can do is nearly 58 mpg with the 1.6-litre diesel.

When it comes to engines and performance, its advantage to the Vauxhall Grandland X both in terms of speed and frugality with their set of engines but for those who want, or need, a 4×4 then the 2.0-litre X-Trail is obviously the one to go for.


Car buyers are loving the new SUV trend because it pairs rugged looks and a whole host of cutting edge features where the manufacturers are in a race to impress you with an ever-improving kit designed to make life easier and safer for you and your family members.


The Grandland X has six trims, the SE, Tech Line Nav, Design Line, Sport Nav, Elite Nav and the Ultimate. Vauxhall has embraced entry-level models that boast a huge array of features which is another pleasant surprise and some of these include: a 7-inch infotainment system; Bluetooth; dual zone climate control; 17-inch alloys; lane departure system and rear parking sensors to name a few. Every trim level shines however and there is a standard spec list as long as your arm in the Ultimate trim.

The Nissan X-Trail only has two trims in the latest incantation but this is all the X-Trail needs when you look closely at the N Connecta and the Teckna.

For not a lot of more money, the N-Connecta has 18-inch alloys and a rather nifty hands-free auto opening tailgate feature. The Teckna trim is a different class with 19-inch alloys, safety shield, park assist, eight Bose speakers plus your passengers will revel in the front and rear heated seats in the depths of winter. Safety features also include high beam assist, driver alert monitoring, blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert.

On the top end models there is really not a lot to choose between the X-Trail and the Grandland X because these are so many features in both but if you are looking at less expensive options (obviously with less kit) that allow you to save money then the Vauxhall Grandland X has the edge.


The Vauxhalls warranty is for three years or 60,000 miles while Nissan’s is also for three years but only for 36,000 miles apart from the powertrain which has an extended warranty. Some would say that this is a bit on the stingy side from Nissan… advantage Vauxhall on this one which is strange when you can see that their warranty is not exactly stellar either.


So, when you compare the two family-focused sport utility vehicles, both offer drivers excellent value and are both worth leasing. They do have their own specialisations though: the Nissan X-Trail leads the way in size and the fact that you can get a seven-seater. It is honours-even between the two cars on the higher end model specifications, but the Grandland X comes up trumps on the lower specs and the more affordable models. The Grandland X is also the winner in the engine stakes and edges the X-Trail on the warranty.

Regardless of if you are in the X-Trail or the Grandland X camp, Hippo Leasing has loads of new and used family car leasing deals on both of these popular SUVs. Call us on 01254 956 666 or email us at for personal service and a great deal.

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