MOKKA IS THE NEW FACE OF VAUXHALL
SMALL crossovers should be fun and fashionable but that doesn't mean they can't also be versatile, capable and practical too.
Like Vauxhall's little Mokka? Perhaps. Here's the new face of this changing brand and it's one you might very well find yourself growing to like.
There are three main engine options, but the most practical engine choice is the 130ps, 1.7-litre CDTi diesel. You get a lot more pulling power. Every Mokka is theoretically capable of towing a braked trailer of up to 1,200kg in weight, but this diesel variant is the only one that will really take such a task in its stride.
Though supermini-based, it's nearly as big inside as a family hatch-style Crossover like Nissan's Qashqai. But whatever your thoughts about this car's size, you'll probably agree that the way this Mokka looks will go a long way towards selling it. Cute and individualistic without being willfully outlandish.
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In the back, the rear seats benefit from wide opening doors that simplify the fitment of a child seat, though that sharply rising waistline might restrict the view out for smaller occupants.
The interior isn't overly adventurous, but this car's more conservative vibe might just mean it mops up sales from people left a bit cold by the sheer extravagance of some rivals. But you'll be pleased to find that whichever of the five-door models you choose, it will come well equipped.
A telling price comparison some buyers will make is when you begin to stack this Mokka up against something more conventional. Why, for example, would you buy a 1.6-litre petrol-powered Vauxhall Astra family hatchback when a Mokka, with exactly the same engine, would save you around £1,500 and offer you more luggage space?
A diesel Astra with the same 130ps, 1.7-litre CDTi engine you'll find in this Mokka would also be around £1,500 more.
True, this isn't the sharpest handling car of its kind but the pre-launch tweaks have made it as good as it needs to be. With styling and size almost perfectly pitched, it's practical, well equipped, affordable to run and, in 4x4 form, seasonally capable too.