Vauxhall Mokka review - high on kit, low on thrills - Prices, specs and rivals
Vauxhall Mokka sells well but key rivals are better
Prices, Specs and Rivals
We'll cover the refreshed Mokka X range here, which will become available from October 2016. That starts in Design Nav trim, with the naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre engine, and a manual gearbox. The damage is £17,590 on the road, which is higher than several rivals but not too bad considering the levels of kit on offer: 18-inch alloy wheels, LED DRLs, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
If you're feeling flush then you can spend up to £26,765 on a Mokka before adding any options, which gets you a top-end diesel with all-wheel drive in Elite Nav trim, but unless you're leasing or getting the car through your company then we can't imagine spending so much on a Mokka – there are more stylish, more entertaining rivals available for less money, and if you break free from crossovers then £26k will get you any number of cracking hot hatchbacks, which will do the family thing equally well...
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Of those rival crossovers, it's hard to know where to start. Skoda’s Yeti has long been one of the best, and while its styling was homogenised a year or two back it still handles well, remains completely unpretentious and fits a family and clobber with room to spare.
The Mazda CX-3 is one of our favourite compact crossovers, with neat handling and great looks inside and out. The Renault Captur and Nissan Juke are similar under the skin; Renault's offering is perhaps the more funky, Nissan's the more entertaining (particularly in Nismo RS form). And we'd genuinely suggest MG's latest offering, the GS, too. It lacks a diesel option for ultimate economy, but it looks decent, handles well and offers plenty of space.