Facelifted Vauxhall Mokka Gains an X-tra Letter

The much-maligned but incredibly popular Mokka gets a makeover with a splash of X factor.

Hot on the heels of the new Astra, a car that’s gone down very well, is a facelift for Vauxhall’s mini-SUV, hereafter known as the Mokka X.

Never a car to go down well with enthusiasts, the combination of chunky styling, practical touches and sensible pricing has resonated with buyers who have made it the best-selling SUV in the country.

Externally there’s the new Vauxhall front end, with a new grille, wing-shaped LED daytime running lights and (undoubtedly optional) adaptive LED headlights. It’s been tidied up as well, producing a look that’s wider and more muscular.

The rear gets new lights, while a couple of new colour options have been added to the options list.

Inside lies an entirely new dashboard based on that found in the Astra. A huge improvement on the outgoing model, the cabin also includes a centre-stack that integrates a touch screen infotainment system along with Vuaxhall’s OnStar online-concierge service and in-car 4G wi-fi hotspot. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also be available.

The Mokka X will also see the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine installed. Producing 148bhp, the new engine will come fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox and adaptive all-wheel drive, while promising 42.8mpg.

The new Mokka X will get its debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, with deliveries expected in the Autumn.

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Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, DAD.info and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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