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RELAXING WITH A MOKKA (some text hidden)
By Jonathan Crouch
A small, trendy little Crossover model can also be a practical choice. If you doubt that, take a drive in Vauxhall's Mokka X. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.
Ten Second Reviewword count: 46
Vauxhall's Mokka X is the first model to introduce the 'X' segment identifier for future Vauxhall SUV and crossover vehicles. As before, it's versatile, capable and practical, plus now, it's better looking and comes with upgraded connectivity, a nicer cabin and more efficient, quieter diesel engines.
Backgroundword count: 149
Vauxhall's Mokka has done good business for the Griffin brand in its growing compact Crossover segment. Over half a million examples of this Korean built contender have found homes across Europe since its original launch in 2013. But time moves on and so has the competition. This car faces a much stronger challenge now than it did at its original launch. Hence the introduction of the revised Mokka X model range we're going to look at here. The changes aren't too far reaching. There's a smarter front end, plus inside, an upgraded cabin that features Vauxhall's clever 'OnStar' connectivity system. Under the bonnet, the car gets the brand's latest, more efficient, 1.6-litre CDTi 'whisper diesel' engines, plus a pokier 1.4-litre petrol unit. A Vauxhall then, that is in every way a car of its time, very much chiming with the new face of a changing brand. Let's try it.
Driving Experienceword count: 256
Mokka X buyers are people likely to be enthusiasts for life rather than for cars. So they may not care that this car isn't quite as sharp and wieldy as a rival Nissan Juke, nor does it have the 'big SUV' polish of a comparable Skoda Yeti. Instead, there's a potentially pleasing compromise between the two. Under the bonnet, there are three main engine options, the most affordable, as ever, being the least desirable of the trio, the 2WD-only 115PS petrol 1.6-litre variant which, with only 155Nm of torque, needs to be rowed along a little with the gear lever - a stick that only offers you five speeds. A better bet for petrol people is the 140PS 1.4-litre turbo, now also available with 152PS if you go for a top-spec AWD model with auto transmission. The most practical engine choice though is the one most buyers will probably select, the 1.6-litre CDTi diesel, now offered with either 110 or 136PS. The pokier version is capable of a top speed of around 117mph and rest to sixty in around 10.3s. You get all the main mechanical choices with this unit - so you can specify your car with 6-speed manual or automatic transmission and with or without 4WD. Perhaps more importantly, you get a lot more pulling power - 320Nm in all. Every Mokka X is theoretically capable of towing a braked trailer of up to 1200kg in weight, but this diesel variant is the only one that'll really take such a task in its stride.
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