Vauxhall’s compact-SUV has a new name, revised looks, a new interior and engine. It arrives at the end of the year
Vauxhall has given its Mokka a refresh for 2017, four years after it was originally launched. Not only does it get a new look, new technology and a new engine, there’s a new name as well. Introducing the Mokka X compact-SUV.
Ok, so it’s not an all-new name, just the addition of an ‘X’ bolted on. Significantly, though, it’s the first Vauxhall to gain the ‘X’ naming, something that will be introduced to other Vauxhall SUV and crossover vehicles. It’s a small addition but demonstrates that Vauxhall sees the Mokka X as a key car. This facelift is also more significant than it might seem on face value.
The front end gets new headlights, featuring Vauxhall’s double-wing LED daytime running lights, there’s a revised grille design and new bumpers, giving the car are more refined, more sophisticated appearance. At the back, the changes are less significant with a redesign of the taillight graphics and a new bumper. Overall, there’s less grey plastic trim on show, replaced for paintwork.
On the inside though the changes are quite substantial. The whole dashboard has been replaced with a lower set, more luxurious version. It could easily have been lifted straight out of the latest Astra. It’s cleaner in appearance with fewer buttons on show, while a 7.0in or 8.0in infotainment touchscreen is now integrated, rather than sitting on top as it did before.
The Mokka X comes with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines.
In the green fuel-pump corner, there’s an entry-level petrol with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, developing 113bhp, returning 42.2mpg and emitting 155g/km of CO2. There are two 1.4-litre turbocharged engines with either 138bhp or 150bhp. The lesser-powered version returns 55.4mpg and emits 140g/km of CO2 while the more powerful version returns 49.6mpg and emits 150g/km of CO2.
The entry-level petrol gets a five-speed manual gearbox, while the lesser-powered 1.4 gets a six-speed manual as standard or a six-speed automatic as an option, which is standard fit on the more powerful version.
In the black pump corner, there’s a 1.6-litre CDTi that’s offered in two guises, one with 108bhp and the other with 134bhp. The first returns 72.4mpg and emits 103g/km of CO2 while the more powerful version manages 68.9mpg and emits 106g/km of CO2. Both get a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while the more powerful version is available with a six-speed automatic.
All-wheel drive isn’t available on the entry-level petrol or diesel fueled engines but is across the rest of the range. Setup to predominantly be front-wheel drive when the conditions are dry but once traction is compromised power can be split evenly between the front and rear wheels.
There are four trim levels available on the Mokka X; Active, Design Nav, Elite and Elite Nav. Active brings 17in alloy wheels, 7.0in infotainment screen, dual-zone climate control, auto wipers and cruise control.
Design Nav adds satellite navigation, while Elite models get tinted windows, heated leather sports seats and a heated steering wheel. Elite Nav adds navigation.
Included with the new infotainment system is Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and OnStar. Onstar provides safety features such as the ability to call the emergency services in the event of an accident. Should an airbag deploy, the car informs an Onstar member of staff who will try and contact the car to see if everything is ok. If there is no response, they can directly contact the emergency services and inform them of the car’s location.
Onstar provides additional connectivity as it acts as a WiFi hotspot for you, providing 4G mobile connection with up to seven devices can be connected at any one time.
The Mokka X is available to order now with the first deliveries due by the end of the year.