First Drive: Vauxhall Mokka X

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Wider engine choice and increased levels of technology for Opel’s Mokka X, finds Dan Gilkes.

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SECTOR Sub compact SUV   PRICE €19,525-€29,700   FUEL 3.9-6.7 l/100km   CO2 103-155g/km

Opel’s popular Mokka X compact SUV has been updated, to include more powerful engines, improved specifications and advanced connectivity.

There is a new version of the 1.4 Turbo ECOTEC petrol engine, delivering 152hp, that can be ordered with a 6-speed automatic transmission and intelligent all-wheel drive. The additional power results in fuel consumption of 6.5l/100km and 150g/km of CO2. The 1.4T motor can still be ordered with 140hp, with a choice of 6-speed manual or automatic transmission and 2 and 4-wheel drive.

Opel’s proven 1.6-litre ‘Whisper Diesel’ is also offered in Mokka, with a choice of 110hp or 136hp. The 110hp engine delivers fuel economy as low as 3.9l/100km, with 103g/km of CO2. The lower powered version is available with a manual gearbox, while the 136hp engine can be had with manual or automatic transmissions.

The higher-powered diesel can also be mated with Opel’s all-wheel drive system for added traction in slippery conditions. Though only accounting for around 25% of sales to date, the auto transmission is expected to become more popular with the availability of the higher-powered petrol engine.

Mokka’s all-wheel drive driveline adds just 65kg to the overall weight of the vehicle.

Mokka X has a revised external appearance, designed to make the compact SUV seem more muscular. Adaptive Forward Lighting LED headlights are available as an option, featuring nine individual functions that automatically change the lighting pattern to match the driving situation.

Similar to Astra’s matrix system, AFL LED delivers the benefits of adaptive forward lighting without the moving elements. Instead of switching LEDs on or off in a variety of combinations, AFL LED adapts to the driving situation and the presence of other road users by automatically changing the lighting pattern of the headlamps.

Inside the car there is a new dashboard inspired by the latest Astra. The centre stack is built around a choice of 177mm and 203mm touchscreens that house latest generation infotainment.

Opel’s OnStar personal connectivity and service assistant system is standard on all models. OnStar offers a range of services including access to a trained advisor and automatic connection to the emergency services in the case of an accident.

OnStar also provides a 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi hotspot within the car, that can be used by up to seven mobile devices at the same time. IntelliLink systems are also compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone use.

On the road both the higher powered petrol and diesel engines have more than enough power for a car of this size. There is a reasonable amount of torque from the 1.4T petrol engine, though it requires revs to get the most from the engine.

Mokka X has a relatively short wheelbase, which results in a bouncy ride from fairly firm suspension. The steering and handling are reassuringly direct though.

What we think

A stylish update with improved engine performance and upgraded technology should do nothing to harm the compact SUV’s reputation.

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