Vauxhall’s SUVs have sold well over the years, and the concern is that the new Vauxhall Mokka is merely a rework with an ‘X’ slapped on the end of the name to indicate it’s newness.
And in all reports, it might just be that. But does that mean that the Mokka X is any less of a good choice? And can we really blame Vauxhall from capitalising on the high sales they have become accustomed to with their other small SUVs?
Well, the biggest change has occurred on the inside of the car; the dashboard has been completely redesigned, the clusters of buttons have been thrown out and replaced with a sleeker look, full of up-to-date tech and the simple design that is becoming so favoured throughout new models.
The new Mokka X comes with a built in sat nav screen (above the basic modal), bluetooth capability, with USB and aux outlets. But there is also a wealth of other options that you can add onto your chosen package.
For your base there are four trims to choose from; the Active, Design Nav, Elite and the Elite Nav. The standard is the Active trim gets Vauxhall’s IntelliLink 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, the OnStar – Vauxhall’s 24/7 emergency assistance and concierge service, and DAB radio.
It also benefits from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The basics also include dual-climate control, cruise control and parking sensors.
If you choose to upgrade to Design NAV, the Mokka X gains the built in sat nav with an 8” touchscreen fitted into the dash.
The top model, the Elite models, benefit from all of the above and include leather upholstery as standard, with heated sports seats in the front, and a heated steering wheel.
All of this goes a long way to improve the poor standard of the previous Mokka interior, but is yet to match the level of some of its rivals like the Skoda Yeti.
Size wise, the Mokka X sits between the Captur and the Nissan Juke – being bigger than the Juke and smaller than the Captur. The Juke’s odd roof shape allows plenty of room in the front, but much less in the back.
An issue that the Mokka X doesn’t have, due to its tall proportions, however it still feels cramped in the back. It also has a smaller boot than the Captur and, arguably, less boot depth than the Juke. However, without the lip that the other two car’s have, it’s a lot easier to place things into the boot.
To drive, you’re not going to be looking at this car for speed. The 1.4 litre engine is quick enough for most, and is strong enough to cope with B-roads and motorways, and the drive is pretty smooth.
And since all-wheel drive is a good grand and a half extra, if you don’t need it, it’s probably going to be a cost you’re happy to leave behind. It’s also not the most efficient car in the fuel department either.