Vauxhall Mokka X

vauxhall-mokka-x-motability-car-frontThe Mokka, following its midlife upgrade, has a name change, it is now the Mokka X (all subsequent Vauxhall SUV’s will have an X on the end we are informed). There’s a completely new front-end design, squared-off headlamp clusters featuring L-shaped LED daytime running lights, a broad, wing-shaped grille and a much neater lower bumper arrangement. Inside the Mokka X is less button heavy than before and dash is now dominated by a 7 inch touchscreen that can mirror you mobile phone screen, control the media and display the sat nav information (where fitted) and all cars now have OnStar the in car personal assistant. What remains are the slight proportions 4.28m in length, making the Mokka X bigger than the Nissan Juke but smaller than the Nissan Qashqai.

 

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There’s a choice of four trim levels, ‘Active’, ‘Design Nav’, Elite’ and ‘Elite Nav’. Standard equipment on the entry level car is generous, 18 inch alloy wheels (1.6 diesel 17 inch), front fog lights, silver colour roof rails, leather-covered steering wheel, climate control, cruise control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, automatic lighting and wipers, LED running lights and front and rear parking sensors. The ‘Design Nav’ adds a built in sat nav, ‘Elite’ trim and adds a full leather interior, heated front seats and steering wheel plus tinted rear windows. and the “Elite Nav” is the Elite with a sat nav.

The Mokka X is available in front wheel or on demand all-wheel-drive. In normal driving conditions, power is delivered to the front wheels for better economy, but when you need it, a torque transfer device can transfer up to 50 percent drive to the rear wheels. Clever stuff.

 

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The Mokka X has a single diesel and three petrol engines. The 1.6-litre diesel with either 110 (11.5 seconds 0-62) or 136bhp (9.5 seconds 0-62) returns class-competitive economy, the smaller output car returns 65.7 mpg or 68.9 mpg in ecoFLEX guise. Even if you go for the pokier 136bhp and mate it with AWD, you still get 60.1 mpg.  The picture’s not quite so rosy when it comes to petrol power. The oldest engine in the line-up, the 115PS 1.6-litre petrol unit, shows its age here, returning 41.5 mpg on the combined cycle. The 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol is the pick for value and performance, 62 miles per hour is reached in 9.3 seconds and economy is a claimed 47.1 miles per gallon as a manual front wheel drive car or 43.5 as an automatic. A four wheel drive automatic only 150bhp 1.4 petrol is available that returns the same economy but it attracts an large increase in Advance Payment prices start at £1399. Four wheel drive manual Mokka X prices start from £699 for the 140 petrol.

Summer Best Buy – Vauxhall Mokka Active (2 wheel drive) 1.4 litre 140bhp  petrol Manual  –  Nil Advance Payment (£59.29 wpms)

Summer Best Buy – Vauxhall Mokka Active (2 wheel drive) 1.6 litre 136bhp  diesel Manual  –  £699 Advance Payment (£63.95 wpms)

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy – Vauxhall Mokka Active (2 wheel drive) 1.4 litre 140bhp  petrol Automatic  –  £199 Advance Payment (£60.62 wpms)