Thursday 6th February 2014
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The Vauxhall Mokka 2014 is a virtual look alike of Nissan's best seller Qashqai, but does the Mokka hold its own presence and glory? Whether it does or not, it is good to see Vauxhall is making the effort in pushing out some handsome cars. Vauxhall, was once the drab manufacture of cars, but now appears their dreary days are over. The Vauxhall Mokka 2014 transmits this message loud and clear.

Vauxhall Mokka 2014 features

The name Mokka suggests a creamy sweet chocolate coffee which has an Arabic origin with a feminine touch. Does this sugary image live up to that full-bean meaning?

The Vauxhall Mokka 2014 clearly broadcasts Vauxhall's determination to keep up with the ever growing crossover demand. However, as a result of many established rivals, they have their work cut out for them. The Mokka's direct competitions are the Nissan Juke and Qashqai, Peugeot 2008, Mazda CX-5, Renault Captur, Skoda Yeti and the Kia Sportage.

The Vauxhall Mokka 2014 has many favourable factors. Compared to its rivals, it offers a great selection of engine and transmission choices. Motorists have the option of buying a two or a four-wheel drive. Furthermore, buyers can opt for diesel or petrol options and choose automatic or manual.

The new Vauxhall Mokka 2014 price tag ranges from £15,999 to £25,050 with the choice of optional extras. This is a fair price for a crossover, especially for a growing family. The standard pack offers DAB digital radios, electrically folding heated mirrors, parking sensors, cruise control, Bluetooth, climate control, rain-sensors and 18-inch alloys. The SE model offers and even bigger package such as heated leather seats and a heated steering wheel.

The Vauxhall Mokka 2014 specifications

Forget about hatchbacks, the new Vauxhall Mokka 2014 styling is the perfect chucky car with huge wheel arches. After all, it is 4X4 that is made to stand out from the crowd. Even though it resembles a Qashqai, the Mokka is a welcome halfway house sandwiched between the Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti.

Its bestseller is expected to be the 4x4 Mokka SE 1.7 litre CDTi, which has the 128 bhp, average 55.4 mpg and 221lb ft. It also offers a four-cylinder turbo, six-speed manual with 134 g/km emissions. The SE models always offer top of the range trim levels so this choice will not disappoint any motorist. If you are interested in checking out other trims, there is the Exclusiv and the Tech line.

Whether driving in a traffic jam, on the motorway or in the city, you will notice its noisy engine. The 1.6L and 1.4L are very underpowered; they literally struggle up hills; the Skoda Yeti wins hands down. Avoid buying the petrol versions unless you are planning to use it now and again in your home town, they are too juicy.

The Mokka's previous cars offered poor handling, but today's versions come with a bespoke suspension. This offers a smoother ride, which means no more thuds when driving over pot holes.

The Mokka's inside is narrow but roomy and clearly oozes quality. You can't miss the 'love or hate' black and chocolate trim; it is plain to see why it represents a creamy sweet chocolate cup of coffee. Its seats are supportive, and the controls are within a comfortable range. Everything is quite compact but unmistakably and comfortably laid out.

When jumping into the Vauxhall Mokka 2014, you will first notice its ground clearance. This is an ideal feature, especially if you have children. Its interior space offers 1,372-litres and 19 storage locations.