Nothing throw away

about new Mokka

Vauxhall Mokka X, 2016, front, action
Vauxhall Mokka X, 2016, front, static
Vauxhall Mokka X, 2016, side
Vauxhall Mokka X, 2016, rear, static
Vauxhall Mokka X, 2016, rear
Vauxhall Mokka X, 2016, dashboard
Vauxhall Mokka X, 2016, interior
Vauxhall Mokka X, 2016, boot

AN opinion is gathering popularity that people who litter from cars should face tough fines.

Frankly I couldn't agree more but only after they have been cut into small pieces and fed to pet piranhas.

But let us not stop at the slovenly, slobbish motorist.

Cyclists do their fair share and blown-back nasal evacuation is not one to settle the stomach so soon after Sunday brunch.

Colonic research and those ubiqutous head cams springs to mind as a corrective measure.

It is, sad to say, car driverswho are the main culprits.

What makes this behavior right in the minds of these people?

Bad enough having fag ends doing the night-time dance of Dante down the middle-lane let alone some back-seat half-wit launching empty cans.

The worst examples I have seen have been on the M6 northbound and assume this road is favoured by those with the IQ of a wombat's willy.

Worth a mention however to emphasise the benefits of automated wipers like those fitted to the £19,890 Vauxhall Mokka X 1.4 in Design Nav trim, since you ask.

Almost beyond belief to be heading east on the M62 to be struck full in the windscreen by around half of a partly consumed coagulantburger, the product of Mr Gristles excellent fast-fat on a bun emporium.

Never have I been happier to have a least a tank commander's view of the road. Indeed should I have found myself making a roadside sheep inspection at least this version of the Mokka, the AWD manual, wouldhave stood a chance of making it back to hard standing.

It is not the stuff of international aid relief but has good ground clearance and idiot-proof automated traction.

The current Mokka has undergone a mid-life facelift which will add greatly to its undoubted popularity, this is a car barely ever out of the top ten, based on the Corsa footprint and at the smaller end of thecrossover spectrum.

All versions are well equipped and the 1.4 turbo petrol engine is quiet and refined.

On sale since 2013 the Mokka has had a makeover and now gets that X suffix.

While this is hardly a cheap car you get parking sensors, cruise control, automatic high beam and a touch screen infotainment set up even on the entry models,

At Design Nav can be added Intellilink navigation, 18-inch wheels, running lights, headlights which see around corners the expected connections as well as the now much reported OnStar link which connects the car to your smart phone allowing for a number of remote functions as well as being able to find it if you forgot where you parked.

Well this is a world where people are daft enough to jettison their recycling at 70mph.

It may be worth the extra for the Elite which has heated leather seats and upmarket features like a warmed up steering wheel and privacy glass.

Okay, so what can be expected form the 138bhp petrol engine?

This is a family car first and foremost but will still jolly along to 62mph in 9.3 seconds which is not bad especially if you can get close to the claimed combined 47mpg.

While the 1.4 is excellent in a sub-urban environment and happy on the motorway if a bit noisy thrashed hard.

Despite this the overall ride is unflustered and pleasing although the Mokka is not so forgiving being thrown around the twists and peaks.

It comes with a good safety package and handy technologies like hill descent, start assist inflatable human packaging and the like.

If you are in the market for a Nissn Juke-Peugeot 2008 sized crossover there are few drawbacks over and above price and the effect depreciation has on volume models.

Enjoyable place to sit the Mokka cabin, not outstandingly flash but comfortable with plenty of room for people and luggage.

There is nothing throw away about the Mokka X, it is a quality build and well put together but you may question the need for limited off-road benefits when weighed against increasedrunning costs.


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