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First Drive: Vauxhall Mokka X

More power and equipment for the second generation Mokka X, says Dan Gilkes.

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SECTOR Crossover PRICE £17,590-£26,765 FUEL 42.2-72.4mpg CO2 103-155g/km

The B segment SUV has become an important model for Vauxhall, grabbing 17.5% of the firm’s UK sales in 2015. Now wearing the X suffix that will adorn all of the company’s SUVs, Mokka hit number seven in the UK new car charts in August.

Vauxhall sold more than 45,000 Mokkas in 2015, leading the segment. Of that number 60% went to fleets, including Motability which accounted for half of those orders.

That perhaps explains why the 1.4T turbocharged petrol engine grabs more than 60% of UK sales, well ahead of the more expensive, but more frugal diesel models. To satisfy that demand there’s a new 152hp version of the 1.4T available, that comes paired with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard. The current 140hp version remains available with a choice of manual or auto boxes.

For those users that do want diesel power, there is now a 110hp 1.6CDTi EcoFlex model, offering 20% BiK and the promise of 72.4mpg with 103g/km. However Vauxhall believes the popular 134bhp diesel will remain the favourite with true fleet buyers.

Petrol and diesel engines provide more than adequate power. They are reasonably torquey at lower speeds too, though that tails off fairly quickly. The ride remains quite bouncy, though the slightly taller ride height will appeal to those looking for SUV presence.

All Mokka X models come with a high level of specification, including Vauxhall’s OnStar personal connectivity and service assistance package, which is now standard across the range. OnStar brings with it a 4G LTE mobile hotspot that can connect to up to seven devices.

That high trim level and a wide spread of economical engines should keep Mokka X riding high in the sales charts.

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