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Vauxhall Mokka review - Interior, design and technology

Vauxhall has upped the style for the latest Mokka, with strong design and plenty of on-board tech

The second-generation Mokka signals a new approach to design for Vauxhall, as it debuts the ‘Vauxhall Vizor’ styling which will be a feature on all of the manufacturer’s new models over the coming years.

Taking cues from the Opel GT X Experimental concept, released in 2018, the Mokka employs much of that car’s front-end design, with an all-new grille, ultra-slim LED daytime running lights and more prominent badging.

Inside, the materials used are a definite step up from the previous-gen car, with piano-black and carbon-fibre effect trim throughout the cabin and not so much use of the cheaper, harder plastics that you might associate with a small Vauxhall. 

The sporty SRi trims also add flashes of colour to further lift the interior and enhance the air of quality. We’re not talking Audi levels of sophistication, but it’s a step in the right direction to help win over image-conscious customers.

Standard grey paint is joined on the options list by the usual offerings of white and black metallics, but if you really want to stand out and can afford around an extra £600, then the vivid Mamba Green, Power Red or Voltaic Blue exterior colours might be more appealing.

Equipment levels are generous with the base SE cars receiving 16-inch alloy wheels, air-con, cruise control, a 7-inch media touchscreen, a DAB radio and Bluetooth. Moving through the range brings larger wheels and extra luxuries, with the top-spec Ultimate Nav trim including a 10-inch touchscreen and a 12-inch digital instrument display, along with heated Alcantara seats, a heated steering wheel, a wireless smartphone charging pad, rear privacy glass and plenty of chrome exterior trim.

Arguably, the sweet spot in the Mokka range is either of the SRi trims, as the bigger 18-inch wheels and sporty red exterior accents complement the car’s sharp styling and make a real statement when paired with a bold colour choice.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Vauxhall has named its on-board tech set-up ‘Pure Panel’, with the intended effect being to create the look of one continuous digital display. It definitely appears more user-friendly and helps to reduce the button count across the fascia.

However, the Vauxhall’s tech is far from perfect. The user interface is a little fiddly, with simple functions such as typing in a postcode into the sat-nav system taking more steps than is necessary. Loading times aren’t great either, and the built-in nav display doesn’t make use of the full screen, leaving black bars on either side. We prefer the Android Auto or Apple CarPlay set-up which is standard on all cars.

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