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Updated Mokka X SUV is better looking inside and out

PROS

  • Looks better inside and out
  • New touchscreen tidies up dash
  • More powerful petrol engine added

CONS

  • Ride suffers on broken surfaces
  • Not the most exciting drive

Verdict

The Vauxhall Mokka X SUV is an updated version of the Luton firm’s compact crossover – benefiting from a makeover inside and out, plus a new engine.

It sits alongside a fiercely competitive set of rivals such as the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Ford EcoSport, in a market that is growing faster than any other.

X marks the spot

That “X” suffix on the new car’s badge will be used across Vauxhall’s off-road-styled cars, with the Mokka X being the first to display it.

As well as a new(ish) name, Vauxhall has given the SUV a family-familiar face in the name of brand continuity – it looks more like an Astra now and less like a misfit cousin.

Inside there has been a mass culling of the old car’s buttons and switches, with most of the major controls migrated to a new touchscreen multimedia system available in two sizes.

Whisper Diesels and a new 1.4-litre petrol output

Vauxhall’s refined 1.6-litre diesel engine found its way into the old Mokka, and you can have the new car with either 110hp or 136hp.

Petrol fans will be pleased to hear that the 140hp 1.4-litre turbo has been carried over, and is also available with 152hp now.

The latter comes with an automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive only – drivetrain options that are available in various combinations throughout the range.

OnStar and new connectivity options

As well as two shiny new seven- and eight-inch multimedia screens, you will also now find Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

On top of this, there’s the addition of Vauxhall’s emergency and concierge service called OnStar, which can call 999 for you after a crash or programme your sat-nav.

Will these step changes help raise the new car above the level set by its rivals? Read our full Vauxhall Mokka X SUV review to find out.

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