New Mokka X

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime Extra -

VAUX­HALL’S com­pact SUV, the Mokka, has been around since 2012 and has proved a hit be­ing in the top ten sell­ing list in the UK, and the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion model is about to hit the roads.

It com­petes in the mar­ket with the likes of the Nis­san Juke and Qashqai, Re­nault Cap­tur, Skoda Yeti and Ford Kuga.

Now it’s get­ting an X rat­ing and the new Mokka X will be the first model to in­tro­duce the X iden­ti­fier for all fu­ture Vaux­hall crossovers.

The Mokka X comes in var­i­ous trim lev­els – Nav, Ac­tive, Elite and Elite Nav - with a choice of petrol and diesel en­gines in­clud­ing a new 1.4i 152bhp turbo au­to­matic petrol en­gine, as well as the 1.6CDTi 110bhp ecoFLEX man­ual diesel.

Stan­dard equip­ment on De­sign Nav mod­els in­clude 18-in al­loy wheels, LED day­time run­ning lights, front fog lights and sil­ver roof rails on the out­side

In­side the cabin, driv­ers ben­e­fit from a seven or eight-inch touch­screen with sat nav plus Vaux­hall’s In­tel­liLink In­fo­tain­ment De­sign sys­tem, as well as the OnS­tar per­sonal con­nec­tiv­ity and ser­vice as­sis­tant which is stan­dard on all mod­els.

The Mokka X has been given new body styling, es­pe­cially at the front, with new squared head­lamps with L-shaped LED day­light run­ning lights, a more at­trac­tive grille and lower bumper which is an im­prove­ment on the out­go­ing Mokka.

The rather clut­tered ar­ray of but­tons on the orig­i­nal Mokka have been re­moved and in its place there is a com­pletely new dash­board.

It looks sim­pler and sharper and in the cen­tre is the touch­screen of the new gen­er­a­tion in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems.

The Mokka X comes with a goodly lineup of stan­dard gear in­clud­ing ABS, sev­eral airbags, key­less en­try, cruise con­trol, stop-start and op­tions such as full leather in­te­rior, heated front seats and steer­ing wheel, and tinted rear win­dows.

An ad­di­tional safety fea­ture is the op­tional AFL LED head­lamps which pro­duce a bright white light au­to­mat­i­cally adapt­ing to the driv­ing sit­u­a­tion. The lights fea­ture nine in­di­vid­ual func­tions show­ing the way ahead, il­lu­mi­nat­ing cor­ners and au­to­mat­i­cally dip for on­com­ing traf­fic.

I found the seat­ing in the Mokka X very sup­port­ive and com­fort­able on to drive on all sur­faces, al­though I did find a fair bit road noise.

It was well bal­anced on cor­ners with very lit­tle body roll.

The steer­ing was well weighted and the ride qual­ity ex­cel­lent, iron­ing out the rough stuff on our shabby UK roads.

For those who live in a more ru­ral area or who need an all-weather mo­tor the new Mokka X can be or­dered with 4x4 drive.

Per­for­mance was brisk from the 6-speed man­ual 1.6 CDTi EcoFLEX 136bhp I tried with great re­sponse from the gutsy en­gine and I was very im­pressed with the gear change.

Vaux­hall say that there will be a 50-50 split be­tween petrol and diesel buy­ers. The diesel line-up for the new Mokka X in­cludes two of Vaux­hall’s 1.6-litre CDTi ‘Whisper Diesel’ en­gines.

The 110bhp and the 136bhp en­gines re­turn claimed fuel con­sump­tion on a com­bined run of 70.6mpg and 68.9mpg re­spec­tively.

The en­try-level petrol en­gine for the new Mokka is the 1.6-litre unit with 115bhp which is claimed to re­turn 42.2mpg and comes with man­ual fivespeed trans­mis­sion and front-wheel drive.

Prices range from £18,310 and up to £26,765.

Mokka X sim­pler and sharper in­side and out

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