Williams Hunt Roodepoort is an accredited stockist of new and used Opel vehicles. The Dealership, situated on Ontdekkers Road in Roodepoort takes pride in matching hopeful motorists with the perfect vehicle for them. Overseen by General Manager Gary Klette, Williams Hunt aims at providing quality vehicles and services at affordable prices, and boasts a team of highly qualified and enthusiastic sales executives ready to invite customers in.

One such teach member is New Car Sales Manager Marti Pettit, who I am told is knowledgeable and passionate about the industry. With customer care as a priority and a company philosophy of hard work, Williams Hunt Roodepoort is set to meet all of your new and used-vehicle needs.

Opel recently launched the Grandland X as a beautiful addition to their fleet: a crossover SUV which is marketed as the flagship vehicle for the brand, the Grandland X is set to change perceptions about Opel as a whole. With arresting, chiselled good looks marked by angular lines, the Grandland X oozes athleticism and elegance all in one. There is good ground-clearance that throws back to its SUV character, and with sculpted accents, highlighted by LED daytime running lights, the Grandland X most definitely lives up to its name in terms of its appearance – and the interior is equally as grand, and I find myself quite taken by it right from the start. The i-Cockpit is state-of-the-art modernity, inspired by the Opel Astra dashboard, and makes quite a statement about this vehicles ability to produce power and provide comfort at the same time. The layout of the dashboard is orderly, yet set in sweeping lines with lovely detailing, which I really like as it brings about a sense of neat confidence.

Driving the Grandland X is both exciting and relaxing; whilst this may seem like a complete contradiction, the concept is quite easily explained when noting that the absolute comfort it offers is really well set against a giving, responsive engine and more than adequate technology. As I noted about the Mokka X in a previous review, the driving position of the Grandland X is fantastic: ideal for keeping fatigue at a minimum, circulation is maximised through a raised seat that keeps your legs at a natural angle. Additionally, visibility is fantastic from this position. The steering-wheel adjusts for rake and reach, and with ample leg room as a bonus, it is clear that the designers had the driver in mind at all times. Numerous little nooks and crannies are on hand for storage, and cupholders are standard. 514 litres of cargo space is available in the boot, which is one of the biggest volumes in this segment. It increases substantially to 1 652 litres with the rear seats down (which fold completely flat by the way), which make it ideal for big families, long trips and most definitely for the pet owner who wants to transport their furry-buddies in style.

The 1.6T Enjoy variant I am driving has a touchscreen infotainment system a standard which comes accompanied by a really unique and thoughtful hand-rest. Similarly, climate and cruise control are standard, as is park assist and satellite navigation. Lane Departure warning and electric windows and side mirrors are included as well. Rain-sensing wipers, park distance control, traction control, EBD and ABS as well as Stability control and a full-house of airbags. There is a generous amount of on-board technology and echoes the new Opel plan which is to provide highly-specced vehicles to everyone at reasonable and affordable prices. This means that the innovation and technology usually kept aside for only premium vehicles and more expensive one’s at that, become available to everyone – I am all for this idea, and can honestly note that I am suitably impressed by what Opel had done in the Grandland X.

With three derivatives as standard, the 1.6T Auto Grandland X is released with a turbo petrol engine that produces 121 kW of power and 240 Nm of torque combined with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The resulting fuel consumption for this variant is noted at 7 litres per 100 kilometres, which is very competitive for this segment. The 1.6T Enjoy variant boasts the same engine under the hood but comes equipped with lovely 17-inch alloy wheels, lane departure warning and rain sensing wipers. The top-of-the-range derivative, the 1.6T Cosmo is released with 18-inch alloys, quality leather upholstery, blind-spot alert, Satellite Navigation, adaptive headlamps, front and rear heated seats (which is an absolute must in this wintery weather) and a hands-free electric tailgate, all as standard.

Take-off is a little lagged, but the powerful engine catches up quickly and cranks out the power with impressive efficiency. There is more than enough power to really make a statement, whilst feeling like a luxury sedan when cruising – the power steering is really light and responsive and as such its manoeuvrability was superb. It is smooth and gives the impression of complete control throughout, and I was left feeling safe, confident and with peace of mind as to the vehicles capabilities. I would also like to add that I really enjoyed the looks of admiration around me, and really commend Opel for rising to the challenge and creating a vehicle worthy of being noticed.

Back at the Dealership, Williams Hunt Roodepoort showcases the new X-range with well-earned pride; Opel has truly outdone themselves with the new Grandland X.

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Journalist: Desh Bechan

Reporter: Inge Stols

Editor: Belinda Anderson