First Drive: Vauxhall Mokka X

The Vauxhall Mokka X has been given some updated aesthetics and a fair amount of high-tech equipment, but does this help its performance on the road? AOL Cars investigates.

What is it?


Simply put, this is a Mokka with a lot of new features. Firstly, that 'X' has been added to the name, a badge that will also appear on Vauxhall's future crossover and SUV models. The upgraded front end gives the car a sterner look.

The interior has also been refreshed, with the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's a selection of new engines as well.

What's under the bonnet?

The car we tested had a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 138bhp and 200Nm of torque. This allows the Mokka X to do 0-60mph in 6.3-seconds and hit a top speed of 122mph.

This powertrain is fairly refined at cruising speeds and doesn't make a lot of noise. However, there is very little low-down power, even when doing 70mph in sixth gear, meaning that any overtaking requires a downshift.

First Drive: Vauxhall Mokka X

First Drive: Vauxhall Mokka X

What's the spec like?

Our test car was in Elite specification, which is the penultimate trim level. It costs £23,360 and included 18-inch alloys, DAB radio, dual-zone climate control and Vauxhall's seven-inch R 4.0 IntelliLink infotainment system, which allows for greater smartphone connectivity.

Although this spec doesn't include satellite navigation, the lower level Design Nav specification does, and also features a larger eight-inch screen. With the same engine, this package costs £18,310.

Any rivals?

Potential challengers for the Mokka X include the Nissan Juke and the Ford EcoSport, both of which are fairly successful cars. It has to be said though that the Vauxhall will really struggle when the funky Hyundai Kona comes out guns blazing later this year.

What's it like to drive?

If we're being honest, the Mokka X is not a thrilling car to drive. It's perfectly capable of performing everyday tasks, but it won't excite you. It does have the advantage of being quite compact, so tight spaces aren't too worrying. The driving position also allows for good visibility. Light steering makes for easy parking and low-speed manoeuvring.

The 1.4-litre petrol is something of an issue, though. The power provided should be more than enough, but it's so far up the rev band that the car's acceleration is massively hindered.

Verdict

While rather dull and uninspiring, the Vauxhall Mokka X makes a solid case for itself based on its affordability and generous levels of standard equipment. The recent facelift has made it that much more appealing to behold as well, which is certainly a welcome relief after its less-than-perfect-looking predecessor.

The Knowledge

Power (bhp): 138
Torque (Nm): 200
Max speed (mph): 122
0-60mph: 9.3 seconds
MPG: 47.1 combined
Emissions (g/km): 140
Price as tested: £24,075