A couple of weekends ago, the very kind folk at Lookers Vauxhall lent us a shiny Mokka to test drive. It was perfect timing for us. We’re a two car family, I’ve got a Vauxhall Corsa and after seven faithful years with his Mazda, we’ve been thinking of getting a new car for hubby and the Vauxhall Mokka has been on our ‘must look at’ list.
We took the Mokka up to Manchester for the weekend to put it through it’s paces via the rolling hills of the Peak District, around the busy city streets and on the motorway to really give the car a good drive.
Luckily for us, both hubby and I were insured to drive the car so we were both able to sit in the driving seat, press all the buttons, put our foot down and really see how the Mokka moved.
The Vauxhall Mokka is a five seat family SUV (sport utility vehicle) available in petrol and diesel engines, in both two and four wheel drive. We borrowed a shiny black diesel model with a four wheel drive.
After sitting in the driving seat for ten minutes, I really liked how high up I felt. I love being that little bit higher than in my Corsa as it gives me a better view of the road. Even though the Mokka is bigger than my Corsa, it didn’t feel like I was driving a tank. It moved fluently and I was able to move through the gears with ease. I felt really comfortable driving the Mokka and was able to use the steering wheel features (window wipers, indicators etc) without really thinking about it.
Parking in our road is always a pain, we have to parallel park every time if we want to park outside our home so the Vauxhall Mokka’s front and rear parking sensors came in handy. These can be turned off but we kept them on for additional peace of mind. The exterior lights are automatic (Adaptive Forward Lighting) so there’s no need to worry about putting the lights on when it gets dark, it does it all for you.
Features I loved
From the bluetooth connectivity, USB connection with iPod control, the dual-zone electronic climate control, the three pin electrical socket in the rear of the vehicle perfect for any tablet users in the back or charging your phone on the go, digital radio with steering wheel mounted audio controls, the dual cup holder in the middle between the front and passenger seats, plenty of nifty storage compartments, there’s so much to love about the Mokka.
I also loved the driver side dash which had a nifty little screen in the middle. Within this it told us how many miles were left in the tank which I thought was very clever. I also loved how it indicated on the dials the exact speed you were going with a little dot on the speedometer.
The car also had cruise control which I didn’t test out but hubby did on the motorway leg as we drove back home. It did freak me out a little as I’ve never used it before nor do I trust other drivers to stay within the speed limit but it was a nice addition to have.
I thought the boot space would be bigger but it suited us fine for a weekend away and we had plenty of room within the inside of the Mokka to stretch out. When hubby was driving around Manchester, I sat in the back with Olly and had plenty of room.
I wasn’t really expecting to fall in love with the Mokka as much as I did. I found it a lovely drive and loved all the features. Even the foot plate to help you get out the car is a nice addition which helps when you’re ever so slightly higher off the ground.
I’m afraid I can’t give you any Jeremy Clarkson style comparisons or technical details about the Vauxhall Mokka but I can tell you how it felt to drive with a family inside. I felt safe, comfortable and in control of the car so much so, I’ve been hinting to hubby that we could even just upgrade my little Corsa, you can imagine how that went down!
What the hubby thought
The Mokka was great fun to drive. It was great being higher up in my seat, having driven cars that are fairly low down since passing my test, and I enjoyed the view from my seat. The car is a diesel engine, 1.6 litres, and although my current car has the same engine size, there was a notable difference in the more modern engine in the Mokka. This was especially noticeable in second gear, where the car performed very well, giving good acceleration away from standing starts.
One feature that I particularly liked was the cruise control. I’ve never had the luxury of this feature in any of my previous cars, and have spent all of my driving days negotiating long stretches of motorway roadworks trying to find that balance between keeping up with the flow and not straying too far under or over the speed limit. With the cruise feature, as soon as we hit a patch of roadworks (and there is a nice 10 mile stretch just north of Stoke!) I was able to click the Mokka into cruise mode, knock down the arm rest and we made our way serenely down the motorway with just minor adjustments on the switch. Very comfortable indeed!