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AutoCar now have a first drive review up of the 1.7 CDTi Mokka here;http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/vauxhall/mokka/first-drives/first-drive-review-vauxhall-mokka

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What is it like?
Plusher, posher and more purposeful than the Trax, but possibly just as pedestrian. Unequivocally, it is better looking. The front end is cuter, curvier, and, with bigger, prettier 18-inch wheels as standard on the desirable mid-spec, it pleases the eye in a way that the Chevy does not. Such an achievement should not be underestimated: small SUVs are a lifestyle purchase, and getting the ""˜look' right is half the sales battle won.

It's moderately less successful inside, where the Mokka gets all the right kind of flexible practicality, but is then blighted by the cloudburst dreariness of Vauxhall's current internal architecture. Granted, superior plastics mean tactility is less of an issue, and build quality seems on a par with rivals, but apparently no one has taken the time explain to the design team that buyers now expect a certain joie de vivre from their compact cars. Honestly, it's like the Mini never happened.


As well as shrinking their larger cars' interiors to fit, Vauxhall has sought, rather conspicuously, a scaled-down version of their dynamic experience. Thus, the Mokka gropes at the surly mix of refinement, comfort and po-faced handling that it considers to be marketably Germanic. On one level, this works. Brawnier steering and the newly-resolute chassis setup make the SUV a more substantial item to drive than the Trax; it feels leaner through a corner and, on proper tyres, it is far quieter, too.
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I think generally it's a good review, let down by dynamics and it's engine. But realistically it will be used 90% of the time through towns and motorways so I'm not sure people will be that bothered? It's not designed or likely to be used to thrash round corners. Stiff suspension might be an issue for some though.
 
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