Such a story is typical of cars in a segment that is largely shunned by enthusiasts but lapped up by everybody else. It’s one of the more lucrative markets for manufacturers, and many buyers are drawn in by style rather than substance.
It’s had a facelift to freshen it up inside and out, and an 'X' has been slapped on to the end of its name to indicate that it’s an SUV. Soon the X will adorn every Vauxhall SUV or crossover.
The front grille and rear end have been reworked, while inside it gets a completely new dashboard, inspired by the Astra's, and all for a price hike of around £800 across the range. It also gets a new, higher-powered 154bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, available with all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission.
We’re driving the 138bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, paired to a six-speed manual gearbox with front-wheel drive. But the rest of the engine range is made up of an 108bhp 1.6-litre petrol, and two variants of Vauxhall’s turbocharged 1.6-litre diesel engine – producing 108bhp and 134bhp respectively.
The first-generation Mokka wasn’t very refined and had a poor ride and an old infotainment system. Have these tweaks addressed enough of those issues to make it a more recommendable package?
Is the Vauxhall Mokka X more appealing?
The biggest change is inside the car. The dash has been completely redesigned to rid it of the confusing cluster of buttons the first model had, replacing it with the firm's more recent layout. It’s a much sleeker-looking design and comes generously equipped across the range.
There are four core trims to choose from – Active, Design Nav, Elite and Elite Nav – plus a wealth of options that you can bolt to the new Mokka.
As standard in Active trim it gets Vauxhall’s IntelliLink 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, OnStar (Vauxhall’s 24/7 emergency assistance and concierge service) and DAB radio, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. There is also dual-zone climate control, cruise control and parking sensors included too.