- Easy on the eye
- Plenty of advanced technology
- Great value for money
- Electric powertrain option
There's no doubt the Vauxhall Mokka took the motoring world by storm when it first appeared, and it's consistently been one of the best-selling models in its class.
The previous version was a straightforward, practical, and reasonably priced family vehicle.
It looks the part, shorter and wider, but at the same time more slippery through the air with a coefficient of 0.32, to cut drag by up to 16 percent on the previous model when on the motorway.
The model I tested featured a 128bhp, 3-cylinder engine which proved lively and frugal, with some goodies usually associated with premium models and advanced safety features.
Design and Practicality
It now features what Vauxhall describes as the Vizor front end and a revised griffin logo, both of which will appear on all future Vauxhall models.
Other dramatic styling points include black roof, bi-colour alloys, and coloured inserts around the door. A new Mokka nameplate is also stretched across the rear of the vehicle.
The interior has had a dramatic makeover too, featuring its new 'Pure Panel' digital instrument display to cut down clutter.
Coloured inserts again offset the dark soft touch interior and a combined central touchscreen and cockpit-style layout behind the steering wheel control smartphone connectivity, infotainment, navigation, and driver information.
The car has a premium feel, as does the leather finish on the seats and steering wheel in this model. Head and legroom are also good and there's a light, airy feel to the vehicle.
As an SUV it needs to be practical, and boot space is good with 350 litres available, easily accommodating half a dozen bags of shopping and a bit more. This expands to 1,105 litres with the rear seats folded down.
Technology and Equipment
All models offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while a multimedia system also features DAB radio, hands-free calls via the steering wheel, and SMS read out and reply functionality.
As well as a raft of standard goodies, this Ultimate Nav model features keyless entry and starter, wireless mobile phone charging and 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as a 10-inch touchscreen and 12-inch driver instrument cluster as standard.
The 1.2-litre engine is a spirited performer, but it's also frugal, with 47mpg achievable according to the WLTP figures.
The 0 to 62mph sprint is delivered in a respectable sub-10 seconds, via a slick 8-speed automatic gearbox on this model, but the rasp of the 3-cylinder engine makes it feel quicker. There are also three driving modes: Economy, Comfort, and Sport.
Wind and road noise is noticeable at higher speeds on rougher roads, but this is only a minor intrusion.
Vauxhall says that ride stability, comfort, and interior acoustics were put through their paces at their test centre near Rüsselsheim, resulting in a car that feels solid, stable, and comfortable.
The new generation of the Vauxhall Mokka is an impressive step-up from what was already a popular car, and it certainly looks the part too. With its striking new design, pleasurable driving experience and wide range of kit to choose from, it's an attractive option for those that seek a cost-effective small SUV.