First Drive –Vauxhall Mokka

Vauxhall’s first entrance in to the growing compact SUV segment

Vauxhall’s first entrance in to the growing compact SUV segment

 

In advance of the UK launch we went to Hamburg to drive  Vauxhall ’s first venture into the compact SUV segment

What is it?   Just arrived the unusually named Mokka  is Vauxhall’s first ever compact Sports Utility Vehicle and will compete with rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Yeti.

First impressions of the new Vauxhall Mokka.  From young families to active outdoor types, the chunky Mokka supermini-sized SUV should appeal to a broad base of customers. While the FlexFix bike carrier which can hold three bicycles, will certainly interest the keen cyclist.

What about the interior. Inside there is plenty of head and legroom and a good commanding view from behind the wheel. The dash and instrument panel is all very familiar Vauxhall territory and it is spacious throughout.  With more than 19 storage spaces and up to 1,372 litres of luggage space, the Mokka has been clearly designed with active families in mind.

And on the road? At the launch in Hamburg we had the opportunity to drive both the 1.7 CDTI turbodiesel and the turbocharged 1.4 petrol.

Vauxhall Mokka and the city:  Easy to maunoueve the Mokka  is light and responsive around the city.
Vauxhall  Mokka and the open road:  Both engines proved noisy on the motorway but the Mokka is comfortable and handles well. While the 1.4 turbo petrol is punchy and lively, the 1.7 diesel, most likely to be the bigger seller benefits from its sheer pulling power.

With up to 1,372 litres of loading space, the Mokka offers plenty of versatile features

With up to 1,372 litres of loading space, the Mokka offers plenty of versatile features

How Much? Prices for the new Vauxhall Mokka start  from £15,995 on-the-road.

How Safe? Safety features include anti-lock brakes, eight airbags as standard, electronic stability programme, hill start assist, traction control and hill descent control. In addition there is front camera fitted that picks up road signs and warns of speed restrictions up to 60km away.

What are my Options?  Apart from front-wheel drive (FWD), the Mokka can be fitted with an all-wheel drive (AWD) technology for better traction and handling. The engine range  comprises of a 1.6-litre petrol, a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.7-litre diesel there are also  four trims: S, Exclusiv, Tech Line and SE.

3 words to describe the Vauzhall  Mokka;  Rugged;  Flexible;  Practical

For  more information check out the Vauxhall website or the Vauxhall facebook page

 

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of goodhousekeeing.co.uk. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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