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Opel Crossland X Enjoy 1.2T A/T

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According to the manufacturer, the Opel Crossland X sets a new standard for standing out. It is a perfect representation of Opel’s intuitive engineering and it’s no wonder why they are as successful as they are; to become a household brand, one has to earn it. Opel have certainly done it again with the Crossland and its intuitive features which include cutting-edge cornering lights, a rear-view camera, park assist, and automatic emergency braking.

The Concept
This SUV is more than just a transportation shell: the Crossland X is a safe and welcoming environment to ferry five people in. It’s not just another friendly-next-door neighbour SUV, but is an upmarket, practical and truly pleasant family companion. Checking all the boxes in safety, entertainment and comfort, we give this SUV a verdict that sees it labelled as sensible and family-friendly for any dedicated mother seeking the ideal family vehicle.

The Looks
The Crossland X brings forth a modern, neat and funky appeal once you set your eyes on it. We love the fact that the bottom of the C-pillar is cut by the rear light, giving the roof a floating effect. The clear and pristine front and rear light cluster designs are not as over-the-top as some rivals, and we like the uncomplicated look it offers. The parting line in the middle of the bonnet gives the Crossland X a defining edge while a proud Opel badge is winged by chrome accents, pouring into the LED daytime running lights. A solar absorbing windscreen compliments the dark finishes to the Crossland’s outer-appeal.

The Feel
With comfortable, two-tone seats and a minimalistic, uncluttered dashboard, the Crossland’s cabin emits a classy yet in-control aura. With dark finishes contrasting seamlessly with satin silver inlays, the ambience in the cockpit is a no-nonsense, what-you-see-is-what-you-get vibe that is unpretentious and comforting. The rather plain design also has the benefit of the interior feeling incredibly light and airy, with a considerable amount of space available for passengers. Visibility out front is clear, although the high rising window line makes it a little trickier to see out the back and rear blind spots. Still, the overall feeling is one of confidence and ease of use.

The Features
The IntelliLink seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes standard on the Crossland X is equipped with Bluetooth Connectivity, MP3, two USB ports, an auxiliary input, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a booming six-speaker surround sound system. One of Opel’s top priorities is to ensure that their customers will enjoy and find comfort in every journey, and thus they have equipped the Crossland with an array of convenience features including air-conditioning, front and rear powered windows, cruise control, speed limiter control, front and rear park assist and an optional reverse camera. A mom’s top priority will always be to protect her precious cargo and Opel has listened intently and delivered, eagerly. Opel have fortified the Crossland with an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Hill-Start Assist (HSA), front seat side and curtain airbags, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors, dual seatbelt pre-tensioners, and a Lane Departure Warning feature as standard.
There are also radical cornering lights fitted that ensures your path will always be illuminated. It permits you the ability to see around tight corners, park with ease, and make night-time driving less stressful. The high-beam assist function instantly distinguishes approaching vehicles and will adjust the beam accordingly so as to not blind the driver – you don’t even have to think about it!

The Drive
At the heart of the Crossland X is a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which is able to crank out a punchy 81 kW power and 205 Nm of torque. It’s paired to a six-speed automatic on the variant we took for a spin, although it can be hand with a manual too – we much prefer the auto, however, and it does its job with eagerness and without a fuss. The Crossland’s steering is also light and precise, with minimal effort needed to navigate tight spaces and parking lots, making this ideal for the urban commute. There’s a familiar sense of calm when driving the Crossland, and it doesn’t seem particularly affected by smaller road abrasions, although going into corners at speed can elevate the blood pressure a little. Overall, it’s a pleasant drive that suits the family-focused driver perfectly. And, with a fuel consumption figure of around seven litres per 100 km, you could be spending more on fuel with a more premium German SUV instead. This is just fine for us!

Where to Find It: If you would also like to enjoy this vehicle and appreciate sheer class and intuitive engineering visit www.opel.co.za for more information.

Transcribed by: Nita Stadler
Edited by: Belinda Anderson

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