Prices start at just over £16,500 and Vauxhall reckons that over 65% of sales of this car will be to private buyers, a much higher percentage than with its Corsa or Mokka X models. Hence perhaps, the emphasis on petrol power in the line-up, all the green pump-fuelled engines being 1.2-litre three cylinder units. If at all possible, try and avoid the entry-level normally aspirated 81PS variant and find the extra that Vauxhall asks for the pokier yet more efficient turbocharged version of this powerplant. A premium of around £1,300 over the base engine gets you a Crossland X 1.2 Turbo with 110PS and a 5-speed manual gearbox. Find a further £500 or so on top of that, you can get yourself the same unit with 130PS and a 6-speed stick shift - which is what we tried.
What else might you need to know? Possibly the fact that if you stick with the 110PS petrol model, there's the option of 6-speed automatic transmission - for an extra £1,160. As for diesel power, well we'd question whether you really need it, given the relatively small annual mileages likely to be covered by this kind of car. If you really are set on black pump motoring, then you'll need a budget starting from just under £19,000 for the base 99PS 'BlueInjection' diesel with 5-speed manual transmission. Another £700 or so will be necessary to get this 1.6-litre engine in its pokier 120PS guise with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Finally, we need to mention that, like many cars in the SUV 'B' segment, this one can't be ordered with any kind of 4WD system.