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Vauxhall Mokka

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    A MORE MENACING MOKKA (some text hidden) SECTIONED_new_vauxhallmokka_2021

    By Jonathan Crouch

    Vauxhall has reimagined what its little Mokka SUV can be. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 61

    Vauxhall needs more of a competitive presence in the industry's fastest growing segment, that for small trendy SUVs. And, courtesy of shared Stellantis Group engineering, this second generation Mokka model provides it. There's nothing that changes the class norm here, but we can't remember a more visually appealing Vauxhall in recent memory - and that has to be a good thing.

    Backgroundword count: 125

    Welcome to the fresh new face of Vauxhall, showcased here by the trendy so-called 'Vauxhall Vizor' look of this second generation Mokka SUV. You might remember the Mokka, one of the earlier small crossovers, first introduced in 2012, then updated and relaunched as the Mokka X in 2016, which then petered out in 2019 as its place in the range became squeezed between the (smaller) Crossland X and the (larger) Grandland X. Like those two cars - but unlike the original Mokka - this MK2 design is based on the engineering of Vauxhall's Stellantis Group parent conglomerate. That means it's basically the same underneath as a MK2 Peugeot 2008 or a DS 3. Which in turn means that there's a full-EV version, the Mokka Electric.

    Driving Experienceword count: 350

    That Vauxhall's engineers wanted to create a slightly sportier confection here is evidenced by the slightly firmer ride you notice in the first half mile of driving this car. But it seems there wasn't really either the time, the money or the inclination to finish the job because the close body control, the poise at speed and the responsive steering that this Mokka would need to fully rival a Puma - or even a Juke - are all missing here. Still, the fashionista target market for this car probably won't care very much about that and what we do have is of course a massive improvement on the first generation Mokka model - and perhaps more relevantly, on this car's small SUV Vauxhall showroom stablemate, the Crossland. No surprises beneath the bonnet. Not if, mindful of this car's Stellantis Group-sourced engineering, you're expecting a carry-over from the Peugeot 2008 anyway. If you're looking for a combustion engine, there are various versions of the brand's usual 1.2-litre petrol engine to choose from. The least powerful unit is a 1.2-litre turbo petrol powerplant with 100PS, which is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. A freshly introduced 130PS version of this three cylinder engine is the alternative, developing 136PS with a manual geabox and offering 230Nm of torque, which means rest to 62mph in 9.1s en route to 125mph. If you want an auto gearbox with your combustion Mokka, an older 130PS version of this faster 1.2litre powerplant will be fitted. Like the Peugeot 208, the Vauxhall Corsa and the DS 3, this Mokka sits on the Stellantis Group's latest CMP platform - which, incidentally, can't support a plug-in hybrid powertrain, so there'll be no competitor here to Renault's Captur PHEV. You can though, have a full-electric variant, the Mokka Electric, which, like the Corsa Electric and the Peugeot E-208, offers a choice of battery packs and a front-mounted electric motor. There's a base 50kWh package, with a 136PS motor and 209 miles of range. Or a Long Range version with a 54kWh battery and a 156PS motor, offering up to 252 miles.

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