MAKE MINE A MOKKA: VAUX­HALL’S COM­PACT SUV 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.

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page - BY PAUL CON­NOLLY

VAUX­HALL MOKKA X

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 Mok-

ka 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 sixspeed 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 hands­free phone calls, au­dio stream­ing and view­ing photos and videos.

Like NAVI 900 In­tellilink, it is also com­pat­i­ble with Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto.

“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.”

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