Opel gives its Mokka the X factor

2017-05-17 06:01
= The Opel Mokka X sports a compact, sporty yet stylish look. Photos: SUPPLIED

= The Opel Mokka X sports a compact, sporty yet stylish look. Photos: SUPPLIED

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OPEL has given its Mokka range a bit of a nip and tuck and added an X to its name.

The X is the new global identifier for future Opel SUV and crossover vehicles.

The most significant exterior change in the Mokka X is the new headlight clusters, now with sports LED daytime running lights.

There are four models in the range starting with the Enjoy and moving up to the higher spec Cosmo. While both spec levels are available with manual and automatic transmissions, they are all powered by the same engine, the 103 kW 1.4 litre turbocharged ECOTEC petrol engine, which produces 103 kW between 4 900 and 6 000 rpm and 200 Nm between 1 850 and 4 900 rpm.

Zero to 100 km/h is reached in 9.8 seconds with a top speed of 196 km/h for the 6-speed manual models. For the two models equipped with the 6-speed automatic transmission, the 0-100 km/h sprint is achieved in 10.7 seconds and they carry a top speed of 191 km/h.

The test model was the high-spec Cosmo model with manual transmission.

Exterior:

Compact, sporty and athletic, yet stylish are among the words that spring to mind when having to describe the exterior look. Most eye-catching are the bold scuff plates, which will help you to take this vehicle off the tar road with more peace of mind.

Adding to the sporty look is the black roof rails, bulky front design and privacy glass of the back passenger and rear windows.

Interior

The stylish look on the outside is continued on the inside with stitched leather, black and chrome accents (on the Cosmo test model).

Nice features include steering wheel controls for the audio and cruise control as well as the auto lights. The leather cladding on the steering wheel doesn’t only give it a nice look, but has a great feel to it.

The dashboard has clean lines and an uncluttered look. It is dominated by the touchscreen for the infotainment system. The Cosmo now boasts a high-end infotainment system with R4.0 IntelliLink and a driver display – this connectivity package is compatible with a wide range of media platforms via a USB input. It is offered as an option on the Enjoy.

Optional on the Cosmo is Navi 900 IntelliLink, which includes a full colour display.

This system is very user-friendly and functions that can be controlled via the new touchscreen are the radio, air conditioner and smartphone.

The back passengers will also be able to ride in spacious comfort with seat pockets, a fold-down centre armrest with two cupholders and their own 12V plug.

The boot is a very decent size for a family vehicle and its flat loadbed, which is flush with the lid opening, makes it easy to load cargo. During my time with it, I had to cart around several boxes and the easy to fold down seats made the job so much easier. It folds in a 60/40 split. In addition, the boot also offers handy stowage spaces for smaller items.

Ride

It likes to be moved quickly from first to second gear, but after that it’s not very demanding. It offers a zippy ride, great handling and enough power for confident overtaking.

The Mokka X feels surprisingly sturdy on the road despite its height. The high seating position will certainly find favour with most lady drivers.

Out on the freeway its engine proved to be very willing – and getting to 120km per hour was done without much effort.

The average fuel consumption achieved during the test drive, which was mostly on the peak hour traffic urban commute, was given by the trip computer as 8.3 litres per 100km.

Opel states the average fuel economy on the new Mokka X 1.4T Enjoy manual as 5.9-litres per 100 km and 6.2 litres per 100km for the Mokka X 1.4T Enjoy automatic on the combined cycle.

For the Mokka X 1.4T Cosmo manual, the fuel consumption is stated as 6.0-litres per 100 km, while the Mokka X 1.4T Cosmo automatic returns a combined cycle average figure of 6.5-litres per 100 km.

Warranty and pricing

All new Opel Mokka X derivatives are backed by Opel Complete Care with a comprehensive 5-year/120 000 km warranty and come with a 5-year/90 000 km service plan linked to service intervals of 15 000 km.

Mokka X 1.4T Enjoy Man R317 500

Mokka X 1.4T Enjoy Aut R328 400

Mokka X 1.4T Cosmo Man R357 400

Mokka X 1.4T Cosmo Auto R368 100

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