Vauxhall Mokka: A nippy machine for the road

Motoring review with local columnist Leigh Robinson

Vauxhall’s vehicles are manufactured in Britain plus its sister Opel factories in Germany, Spain and Poland.

And among the half dozen models which are included is the Mokka, which is the second version of their compact SUV. Ironically that is assembled in France.

The experts didn’t reckon much to the first version but the second generation they thought was a better all rounder with its four engine type of diesel, petrol or electric.

Irrespective of model you can easily get 50 miles to the gallon and prices vary from £21,000 to £35,000 with the three year warranty or 60,000 miles. And the Mokka is a pretty nippy machine chasing the highway and byways.

The new model integrates the grille, headlights and badge into one dramatic sweeping module. Vauxhall boast that it is clean, precise and technical plus decidedly different. It’s hard to disagree.

The Mokka has a softly sprung suspension making it extremely comfortable. The seats are nicely high up giving you a good view of the road and the seat and steering wheel can be easily altered for you to get a comfortable driving position.

The dashboard is well laid out and quite easy to sort out with buttons for climate control and media volume. A 7in digital instrument display comes as standard in the Vauxhall Mokka, with a larger 12in display provided from SRi Nav Premium trim and up. It is both clear and easy to read.

Every Vauxhall Mokka comes with bright LED headlights and daytime running lights to aid night-time visibility, and the SRi trim adds LED front foglights. Matrix adaptive LED headlights come as standard on range-topping Ultimate Nav models. They shape their light output to avoid dazzling other road users while full beam is selected.

The basic model is the SE and there is bags of kit for starters.

You get a 7-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto; 16-inch silver alloy wheels; climate control; 7-inch digital instrument panel; cruise control with speed limiter; LED headlights & tail lights; lane departure warning with lane assist and speed sign recognition.