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UK Drive: Vauxhall Mokka X

Wednesday 07 June 2017

UK Drive: Vauxhall Mokka X

In truth, quite a lot. One of the most noticeable changes is Vauxhall’s decision to add an ‘X’ to the end of the Mokka’s name, and this will be used on its future crossover and SUV models too. There’s also a heavily restyled front end, giving it a far more imposing appearance on the road than the car it replaces. 

Things have been overhauled inside, too. Connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay and Andorid Auto have been included, while a new 1.4-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine from the Astra has been added to the Mokka X’s range of engines.

Looks & Image

The exterior changes to the Mokka X are certainly welcome. Whereas the older model looked slightly cutesy, the new version with its sharp angular lines and creases looks far more aggressive.

Inside, a new dashboard is dominated by a seven-inch touchscreen which does well to de-clutter the cabin as a whole. However, whereas the cabin may look good from distance, it fails to deliver upon closer scrutiny, with a vast array of hard plastics giving it a far cheaper appearance.

Space & Practicality

As an all-round family vehicle, the Mokka X is likely to be immensely popular. There’s plenty of space up front, while those in the back are equally well catered for with decent levels of head- and kneeroom.

There’s more than enough space for two adult passengers in the rear of the Mokka X, though it’ll be a bit of a squeeze for three sat abreast. However, it’ll be ideal for children.

In terms of boot space, the Mokka X can offer a reasonable 356 litres – larger than the Nissan Juke’s 251-litre boot but falling short of the Qashqai’s 410 litres. That said, it’s still of a size suitable for most families.

Behind the Wheel

Unfortunately, this is an area upon which the Mokka X stumbles. It’s a perfectly good car for nipping around town or cruising on motorways, but it’s hardly what you’d call exciting. However, thanks to the Mokka X’s relatively compact proportions it’s not too difficult to park, while its raised driving position gives you an excellent view of the road ahead. 

The Mokka X’s light steering also making parking a doddle, and this is further helped by its delicate pedal weights.

Value for Money

The Mokka X we tested was in close-to-top Elite specification. Standard equipment on this £23,360 car included 18-inch alloy wheels, DAB digital radio and dual-zone climate control. It also received Vauxhall’s R 4.0 IntelliLink system, which includes the previously mentioned Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity solutions. 

If you choose the lower Design Nav specification, however, you’ll still get satellite navigation and an eight-inch colour touchscreen as standard. With the same 1.4-litre engine it comes in at £18,310 – which makes a lot more sense to us than the higher-spec car.

Who would buy one ?

The Vauxhall Mokka X will be ideal for families who are looking for a compact urban car with plenty of visibility and a good degree of practicality, too. Plenty of standard equipment and an affordable price tag add to the Mokka X’s appeal and though it may not be all that exciting, it will get the job done for the vast majority of families. 

Facts at a Glance

Model: Vauxhall Mokka X Elite 1.4T 140
Base price: £23,360
Engine tested: 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol
Power: 138bhp
Torque: 200Nm
Max speed: 122mph
0-60mph: 9.3 seconds
MPG: 47.1 combined
Emissions: 140g/km

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