VAUXHALL has spent a lot of time and energy on its SUVs recently – much like every manufacturer out there as the segment shows no sign of going out of fashion.

The Grandland X tops it, the bigger brother to the Crossland X.

Vauxhall knows that it needs to pack value into its cars and this one doesn’t disappoint on that front.

Standard features include smartphone integration, a 7in touch screen, digital radio, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and 18in alloys.

You also get safety kit like lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors and electronic stability.

A pretty good start, then.

Indeed, models up the range only really add tweaks to what is a very good base spec.

Business Edition Nav gives you a bigger screen with European sat nav, more safety gear and – get this – a centre rear seat armrest with ‘ski pass through’.

Always handy.

Sri Nav adds a black roof and door mirrors, tinted rear windows and different alloys, while Griffin spec gets keyless entry and start, power tailgate with foot sensor and some Griffin detailing.

The Elite Nav that we tested gets leather seat facings, a powered driver’s seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, 19in alloys, a panoramic glass roof and a heated windscreen.

Topping out is Elite Nav Premium, with, like the Griffin, keyless entry and start and power tailgate.

The petrol we drove, the 1.2 with 130ps, was impressive.

It feels light and lively and has plenty of pull, it doesn’t huff and puff.

It’s efficient too, returning 40+ on a motorway drive for us, which compares very favourably with its official range of 39.8 to 43.5.

When it comes to traditional power it’s pretty simple; there’s the aforementioned petrol plus a 1.5 diesel with the same power output.

Diesel wins on emissions – 108g/km plays 115g/km ¬ and on efficiency, posting an on-paper range of 48.7 to 54.3 depending on whether you go for manual or automatic transmission.

The bigger news here is the option of a hybrid.

We haven’t driven it yet, but it sounds promising, with a 1.6 engine combined with an electric motor for either 225hp or 300hp of output, getting to 60mph in 8.6 and 5.9 seconds respectively.

Officially, mpg is 192 and 204 respectively and CO2 just 35g/km and 34g/km.

Anyway, a focus on the hybrid is for later this year.

Back to our tester and it’s a very comfortable drive and ride, with neat handling, and it swallows up long journeys.

Inside it feels quality, with good materials and fit and finish – an area where Vauxhall has really improved in recent years.

Rear space is decent, as you would hope, and there’s plenty of boot room too.

In a crowded market Vauxhall has come up with a quality SUV, mirroring its current range.

Value is still very much on it side, too, with prices starting from £23,915 and PCP finance deals from £279 a month with a £279 deposit.