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Opel’s Mokka now X-rated

02.12.2016

The Opel Mokka hasn’t been around very long, yet it has managed to lure around 2 700 buyers since its local introduction in March of 2015.

Here we are some 20 months later and the vehicle has received a mild update and a revision to its Mokka moniker, which now features an ‘X’, alluding to the fact that all Opel models that are SUVs or crossovers in the future will receive the third last letter of the alphabet at the end of their respective nomenclatures.

On the face of things

 

As with many facelifts these days, the styling changes are quite notable, with a new headlight design featuring daytime running lights (optional LEDs), a revised front grille and a reshaped lower bumper arrangement. At the rear, there are new LED tail lamps (optional) and a slightly different rear bumper which rounds off one of the more easy-to-spot facelifts in recent memory.

Interior updates

There have been various changes made to the interior too, with base specification Enjoy models receiving new black cloth upholstery and the range-topping Cosmo black leather. There have also been changes made to the interior, where those rather intimidating buttons have been removed from the centre console and in their place a more clutter-free, and Astra-style layout in terms of ergonomics.

The top-of-the-range models now get the R4.0 IntelliLink infotainment system (R6 700 on Enjoy models) and a driver display while the Navi 900 IntelliLink is a R10 700 option which includes a full colour display on the Cosmo models. The Navi 900 unit is impressive, as it should be for the price, and includes Apple CarPlay compatibility which allows key functions of your device to be used through the screen in the centre console.

Mechanicals and driving

There hasn’t been any change in the engine and gearbox department as the entire range retains the 103kW/200Nm 1.4 litre turbo petrol motor seen in so many products from General Motors. The Ecotec unit is pleasant with good low down torque and willing surge through the rev range; it makes the Mokka feel a bit more alive than most small SUV contenders.

While Opel claims a fuel consumption figure of 5.9 litres/100 km for the base six-speed manual model, I noted a figure of 7.6 litres/100km during our lengthy test drive in the Western Cape. Similarly, the top-spec automatic model didn’t achieve its claim of 6.5 litres/100 km and was closer to 8.2 litres/100km.

The shift towards automatic vehicles, if you’ll pardon the pun, in the local market is happening at an increasing rate and despite the fact that Opel offer an automatic Mokka, I still found the manual to be a better proposition in terms of efficiency and drive quality. The automatic still feels relatively old school with slightly sluggish shifts and the increase fuel consumption associated with a conventional automatic. The steering in all new models is also quite strange, with a heavy, almost vague sensation at low speed, with improved feel and ease of use as you increase velocity.

Verdict

It could be argued that this was very much a necessary update for the Mokka;  the new design brings it more within the Opel brand identity both inside and out. The product feels of a good quality and is priced reasonably despite the fact that the likes of the Nissan Juke, Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V and Renault Captur undercut it in the price department.

Warranty and service

All Mokka X derivatives come with a 5-year/ 120 000 km warranty and a 5-year/ 90 000 km service plan.

Pricing

Mokka X 1.4T Enjoy - R 317 500

Mokka X 1.4T AT - R 328 400

Mokka X 1.4T Cosmo - R 357 400

Mokka X 1.4T Cosmo AT - R 368 100

Article written by Sean Nurse
02.12.2016
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