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Review: Vauxhall's Mokka X gets new lease of life

 

Vauxhall's popular small crossover is now the Mokka X, with a new raft of engines and some exciting tech on board.

What's new?

Vauxhall's Mokka X has performed well since arriving at showrooms around 12 months ago, taking on popular challengers like the Nissan Juke and Ford EcoSport.

The model is an update aimed at building on the success of its predecessor, the Mokka, with the introduction of a wide range of trim levels, new engines and a number of cabin enhancements.

Looks and design

The Mokka X is a pretty thing, quite eye-catching in its own way, benefiting from being the new kid on the block amongst some rival models which, whilst innovative when they first came to market, are starting to show their age.

Although in the compact crossover class, the Mokka X has the room and the kit to punch above its weight, even the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Citroën C4 Cactus in the segment above it.

Also setting it apart from many of the models in its class is that it is also available with a four-wheel drive option.

This set-up distributes power between the front and rear axle from 100:0 to 50:50 thanks to the electronically-controlled multi-disc clutch.

Redesigned cabin

On the inside, the Mokka X has a redesigned dashboard. The revised instrument panel looks simpler and slicker.

The centre stack has been redeveloped around the seven- and eight-inch touchscreens of the new generation infotainment systems.

The overall look of the centre console is less complicated now that fiddly buttons are replaced with touchscreen functionality.

Under the bonnet

The older Mokka was let down somewhat by a clutch of engines which, whilst adequate for the purpose, weren't exactly inspiring.

The Mokka X scores much better in this regard with a range of petrol and diesel powerplants.

A number of petrol and diesel engines are available, including the new-to-range 1.4i 153PS Turbo automatic petrol engine, as well as the 1.6CDTi 110PS ecoFLEX manual diesel.

The new six-speed manual 1.6CDTi 110PS diesel engine is available at every trim level and delivers up to 72.4mpg (combined) and only 103g/km.

Elsewhere in the range, Vauxhall has introduced a new generation 1.4-litre Direct Injection Turbo (153PS) petrol unit that offers 0-60mph acceleration of just 9.4 seconds and a top speed of 120mph.

It can be specced with a six-speed automatic transmission, adaptive all-wheel drive and start/stop.

What are the trim options?

There is a good range of choice, with Vauxhall keen to offer a very range of options to the discerning customer.

The new SUV looks to build on the success of its predecessor, providing a wide range of variants across the Design Nav, Active, Elite and Elite Nav trims.

The most economical model is the 1.6 CDTi diesel fitted with ecoFLEX additions, officially claiming 72.4mpg and 103g/km.

Entry level model

Standard equipment on Design Nav models is impressive and includes 18" alloy wheels (excluding ecoFLEX models), LED daytime running lights, front fog lights and silver roof rails on the outside.

Inside the cabin, drivers will benefit from an 8-inch touch screen with Vauxhall's IntelliLink Infotainment system, as well as the OnStar personal connectivity and service assistant.

This model costs from £17,590 OTR with the manual 1.6 115PS petrol engine.

Range topper

Elite Nav is the top-of-the-range trim and adds a host of comfort and convenience features.

Priced from £22,855 OTR, Elite Nav models include full leather interior, heated front seats and steering wheel, and tinted rear windows for added style and privacy.

Hi-tech headlights

The optional AFL LED headlamps produce a bright white light automatically and instantly adapting to the driving situation.

Dynamic curve technology is one of the nine AFL LED functions, which Vauxhall says not only optimise visibility but save energy too.

When cornering, AFL LED activates dynamic curve light, which switches on an additional left or right LED, illuminating the road in the direction of travel depending on the steering angle or turn signal.

Other features include Urban Light, Parking Light, Manoeuvring Light, Tourist Mode (for when you are driving on the other side of the road to the UK), High Beam, Daytime Running Lights and High Beam Assist.

The Mokka X with R 4.0 IntelliLink features a seven-inch touchscreen as well as USB and Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free phone calls, audio streaming and viewing photos and videos.

Like NAVI 900 IntelliLink, it is also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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