Can a Grandland X tow a caravan?
In this blog post, we will answer the following question: Can a Grandland X tow a caravan? We will give you a short review on the Open Grandland X and some final thoughts on whether a Grandland X and a caravan are a good match.
Can a Grandland X tow a caravan?
A Grandland X can easily tow any small caravan, trailer-tents or sports equipment. Experienced caravaners may agree with us when we tell you that with a towing capacity of a maximum of 1500 kg, the Grandland X isn’t a match for long trips with a fully-loaded trailer.
How much can the Grandland X tow?
How much a Grandland X can tow depends on the model and how well the car is equipped, but here is a rough idea:
- A 1.5-litre Grandland X can tow up to 1500 kg. If the car is automatic, you better cut 200 kg.
- A petrol Grandland X can tow up to 1400 kg, minus 100 kg if it’s automatic.
- A hybrid Grandlan X can safely tow 1250 kg. If you go much over this limit, the car will struggle.
The traditional caravans can weigh from 750kg to 4000kg, depending on the model, its usefulness and how much is loaded. Whenever deciding if a car can tow a caravan, you have to know for sure the”Maximum permissible laden mass of the vehicle in service” or more simply the “Maximum Authorized Mass”.
To find out the MAM (Maximum Authorized Weight) of your car, please refer to the car’s manual, more exactly line F.2. on the grey card: “F.2. Technically permissible maximum laden mass‘.
The MAM indicates the maximum authorised weight for your car and includes:
- The curb weight of the car.
- The weight of the luggage and equipment transported (bicycles, for example).
- The weight of the transport accessories (roof box, bicycle rack, etc.).
- The weight of the driver and his passengers, pets.
With the Grandland X, the kerb weight across the range varies from 1350 to 1430 kg, which (by following the 85%) allows a towable weight of 1148 kg.
The Opel Grandland X
As has been said, the Grandland X has a good technical business card since it is based on the same platform as the Peugeot 3008 and the Citroën C 5 Aircross. On the road, this results in a balanced engine whose agility and comfort lie between its two cousins.
From a mechanical point of view, no surprise, the PureTech and BlueHDi units are found under different names, before the arrival, in early 2020, of a hybrid version of 300 hp. On the financial side, on the other hand, the Grandland X shows more independence, which allows it to offer a very good price/equipment ratio.
It is with the diesel units that we will begin our “mechanical” tour:
- 1.5 Diesel 130 hp
This diesel offers, despite its modest displacement, great flexibility of use. Its respectable torque value (300 Nm at 1750 rpm) allows honourable revivals. In town, we appreciate the softness of this mechanism which, on the motorway, easily manages to keep up. In all cases, consumption remains very wise.
- 2.0 Diesel 177 hp
This diesel will delight those who spend most of their driving life on the motorway. In addition to its respectable power, this block displays a significant torque value (400 Nm at 2,000 rpm). With such potential, performance is bound to be flattering.
Now let’s move on to gasoline:
- 1.2 Turbo 130hp
This 3-cylinder turbo is not totally unknown to us since it is the Pure Tech 130 hp. So here we find a cheerful mechanic that does not experience any particular difficulty in animating this heavy SUV with this 1,465 kg engine. Only small regret: the road behaviour a little too wide of the Grandland X does not allow to fully benefit from the playful character of the engine.
- 1.6 Turbo 180 hp
One more cylinder, a little more trunk and, as a result, a nice power which is distilled in a very linear way. Too linear? As for the sensations, no doubt. Still, this character trait does not stick so badly to the personality of the Opel SUV.
Grandland X transmissions
In this chapter, the Grandland X offers classic solutions but well suited to the engines with which they are associated.
- Manual transmission
The only manual transmission available here is a 6-speed gearbox fitted as standard on the 1.2 Turbo and 1.5 Diesel versions. The latter offers correct control and its staging does not pose a problem.
- Automatic transmission
After some EAT6-EAT8 back and forth, it was finally the EAT8 that won out, and that’s obviously a good thing for driving pleasure. Fitted as standard on the 1.6 Turbo and 2. 0 Diesel versions, it imposes an additional cost of $1,700 on the other models.
- Integral transmission
No all-wheel drive on the Grandland X, but “optimized” traction control. In fact, it is Peugeot / Citroën’s Grip Control, renamed here IntelliGrip. Optional on Edition and Innovation, without supplement on Ultimate.
What makes the Grandland X interesting?
Grandland X is not overbid in terms of choice. The fact remains that in all cases the price/equipment ratio is interesting!
From the first level of finish, the Grandland X shows generosity in terms of equipment, with the presence of air conditioning (manual), a multimedia unit with a touch screen (7 inches), a handbrake electric control, LED daytime running lights and Opel Eye camera.
The latter serves both as a warning device for inadvertent lane changes and as a sign recognition system. On the engine side, the 1.2 Turbo and the 1.5 Diesel are affected.
To go from the Edition finish to the Innovation finish, you have to make a financial effort of $2,500. This sum makes it possible to take advantage of automatic air conditioning, 18-inch rims, front / rear parking sensors and new driving aids such as blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection or again the anti-drowsiness alert.
In terms of presentation, we note the presence of windows with chrome surround. On the mechanical level, the automatic transmissions join the blocks previously available.
The most upscale of finishes imposes a significant additional financial cost (+5,600$ compared to the Innovation execution), but in return, it offers an absolute surplus of equipment ranging from the motorized tailgate to the 360 ° camera via GPS and a heated windshield. Nothing is missing, not even an engine since all the blocks are available here.
As we have seen, the Grandland X has a very complete range of equipment … which does not prevent it from offering a few options at a well-calibrated price.
While failing to be spectacular for towing a caravan, the Grandland X is still a deal. We will praise its excellent price/equipment ratio and its modern engines. Quickly profitable (73,000 km) against 1.2 petrol, the 1.5 diesel is a won. But if you drive little (10,000 km/year), opt for gasoline instead. Either way, the 8-speed automatic is a plus.
When going on vacation, consider that the caravan’s GVWR should not exceed your vehicle’s towing capacity. Remember to include the equipment you are going to put in the towed vehicle, which adds to the dry weight.
What do you think? Is the Grandland X a good choice for you? Let us know in the comments!
FAQ on Can a Grandland x tow a caravan?
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